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Woodworking Projects: Tables

Dining Room Table

Six feet across, 30" high, oak. Weighs about 260 lbs. I've made two of these, one for us and one for some friends we lived with for six months (we brought the table, they liked it so much I made one for them too). The top is two 100lb halves held together with steel pins and threaded rod. The four legs and two spanners all come apart just by taking the wedges out. The top is not attached - there's two pins that between the top and the legs that keep it positioned, but gravity alone is sufficient to hold it in place.

Doll House table

This is a circular table with a 3' rotating top and shelf that my daughter uses for her dollhouse. It's made from a single sheet of birch plywood, two lazy susan mechanisms, and a few screws. You can download a 1k PDF showing how the pieces are cut out or see a small (184k) or large (2.8m) animation showing how the table is assembled. The pictures below link to bigger pictures, that show how the legs and partitions are assembled. You actually attach the partitions to the lower shelf before attaching the shelf to the lazy susan. The shapes of the legs and partitions may be pretty much anything; it's up to your imagination!

Coffee Table

Three feet across, 15" high, maple. This is a half-scale model of the dining room table; I did this first to make sure the proportions were right. The top comes off and two trestle assemblies come apart, so it can be "stacked" against the wall when we need the floor space. If I did it again, I'd secure the top to the legs.


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