Workshop Wednesday: Basic wood tables with Maclean
Houston Makerspace is filled with things that our members and staff have made - inspiration abounds. In our classroom live 6 of these wood tables - they're simple, clean-lined, stained a gorgeous dark finish, mega-sturdy and were all made in about an hour by our director, Maclean.
Seriously, one hour, one saw, six tables.
These tables are also perhaps the number one thing that visitors ask how to make, so Maclean has started offering a class on how to whip these wood babies up - even if you've never touched a saw before.
Materials for each table are simple:
- Enough 4x4's to make (4) legs, 28"h each (for a desk height table)
- (1) 12ft 2x12
- (1) 1x2, at least 32" long
- Chop saw
We used yellow pine for our tables - it's the cheapest. All total, materials per table are about $30.
To cut the boards that will form the table top, Maclean measured and cut (3) 4ft boards from our single 12ft 2x12.
Since the board is wider than our chop saw, Maclean cut one side, then flipped the board to cut through the other side.
To make the table's legs, Maclean measured and cut (4) pieces of 4x4 28" in length. With the 2inch thickness of the tabletop boards, the table will be a total of 31" tall, standard desk height.
Next, the tabletop boards were lined up to make sure they were all the same length - no matter how precisely you measure, sometimes things might get a little bit off, like they did here, but it's easy to fix by chopping or sanding the excess off.
The last piece of cutting is the 1x2 bridge pieces that are screwed into the underside of the table to hold the boards together. The piece needs to span the 3 boards - not necessarily all the way across (then you might see it), but so that it connects to all 3 boards.
Make sure to use screws long enough to go through the bridge and the large boards, but not so long that they will go through the top of the table.
Once the tabletop's boards are secured with the bridge piece, set the top onto the four legs and screw them together from above. The screw tops will show on the final table - you can use putty to mask them, so just go with it - industrial chic is a thing.
Once your legs are screwed into place you are done! The table can painted, sanded, oil finished, or left raw.
If you are new to woodworking, Maclean's basic table class is a fantastic place to start, get familiar with one of the most useful tools in the shop, the chop saw, and end the day with a brand new table. Stay tuned via Facebook to find out when the next class will be held!