Step 1: Cutting the Wood
To make this drink table, you will need the following:
(2) 2x4 cut to 28.5 inches for the leg
(5) 2x4 cut to 14 inches for the top
(4) 2x4 cut to 14 inches for the bottom
Step 2: Removing a Thin Layer
If you have a thickness planer, remove a thin layer from both sides to give the wood a smooth surface.
Us a sander to remove the rough surface.
Step 3: Squaring Up the Wood
A typical 2x4 usually has a round over edge. Use a table saw to remove the round edge, creating a flat surface.
Step 4: Notching Out the Feet
1. Set up the feet. Then place the legs toward the back, centered on the feet. Trace out the feet.
2. Cut out that section.
Step 5: Joining the Leg
The two pieces of wood measuring 28.5-inches long make up the leg. Join the two pieces together using biscuit and wood glue. Wood dowels would work, too.
Step 6: Attach the Leg
1. Now, glue and attach the notched-out wood.
2. Countersink two holes, and install (2) 3-inch screws.
3. Install the final three 2x4s using biscuit or dowels.
Step 7: Attaching the Top
The top will have a bit of an overhang. So, center the leg into one of the 2x4s.
I used the drill press to drill out the hole. Then, used a chisel to square out the hole.
This should be a tight fit. Glue and screw in place.
Use biscuit or dowels to secure. I also added (2 to 3) 3-inch screws for extra support (for each 2x4).
The last 2x4 was only secured with biscuit and glue. (No screws).
Step 8: Sand and Paint
Sand and round the edge. Then, paint.
Step 9: Stain
1. Apply stain. I used Minwax Gel Stain " Hickory" http://amzn.to/1OK9gVm
2. Remove stain with a cloth.
Step 10: Protection
1. Apply Polyurethane with a brush.
2. Four hours later, sand with 400 sandpaper.
3. Apply one final coat of Polyurethane.
Step 11: Pad
Install 4 felt pads to keep the wood off the floor.
Fourth Prize in the
Outside Contest 2016