There is something about miniaturized furniture that is just so adorable. Rather than give you plans for a basic square table, which I am fairly certain many of you might be able to figure out on your own, I thought I might share Construction Plans for this fabulous table with splayed legs, inspired by, Land of Nod's Here There Anywhere Table (allegedly).
- Tape Measure
- Kreg Jig – Optional
- 5 – 1×3 at 8' – you can elect to use 1×6's (2 at 8', 1 at 6') or ply/mdf for table top (27 1/2 x 27 1/2″) if you prefer, in which case you will only need 1 – 1 x3 at 10' 2 – 2×3 at 8'
- 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws – if using a Kreg Jig
- 2″ Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler
- Finishing Supplies
- 3 – 1×3 at 22 1/2″ (Frame)
- 2 – 1×3 at 21” (Frame)
- 11 – 1×3 at 27 1/2″ (Table Top)
- 4 – 2×3 at 25” (Legs) – ** you will cut these down with a miter saw, but this measurement gives you room for error.
- 2 – 2×3 at 20″ (Aprons) – ** you will cut these to size with a miter saw, but this measurement gives you room for error.
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Build your frame. Use your pocket holes system to join the boards and place them on the rails (green) on the inside portion of each rail so they remain hidden. Set your system for 3/4″ stock and use 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws and glue. If you aren't using a Pocket Holes System, use 2″ Screws from the outside of the Stiles (wood colored). You should also create the pocket holes for attaching the table top, while you are still at this stage, if you are using a Pocket Hole jig.
Cut your legs slightly longer than you will actually need. Miter one side at a 4° angle and align with the frame (upside down) along the side on one of the outside rails (green in the image above). The angled cut you just made will sit flush with the frame top and outside edges. While holding your leg as indicated, measure from the ground up, perpendicular to the ground, and up to 22 3/4″ and mark that place on your leg. This marker is the indicator of where you will cut your next 4° angle while keeping your table at an overall height of 23″ after you attach the table top. Your legs should be somewhere in the ballpark of 23 1/16″ in length after you miter both top and bottom. Fasten Legs in place from the inside of the Frame using 2″ Screws and glue.
Cut your aprons to size, as indicated below. Rather than working from my measurements, you should measure to fit your table. Use my measurements below as approximates to guide you. This will be cut at an angle on both sides and it will be easiest to determine your exact angles if you measure the space between the legs at the very top, just under where your table top will sit (19″ is what mine happens to be, the table top is shown here even though you haven't attached yours yet) and at the very top of the leg/frame joint. Then measure the space between the legs at the 2 1/2″ (perpendicular) marker from the first measurement location (mine worked out to 19 1/2″). Connect the dots between those to dimensions, mark out your angle, and cut. Fasten with 2″ Screws and glue, from the inside of the frame.
Fasten your table top as shown. It will be a 27 1/2″ square and should be centered on the frame. Use your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws from underneath or fasten with 2″ Screws from the top, use glue, and be sure to countersink so that no screws protrude onto the play area of the table.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
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