We continue the DY projects list with a round wooden kitchen table with four turned conical legs positioned at a custom angle (not 90 degrees to the tabletop).
We used only ash wood for the entire table. We combined the natural wood for the top with black painted legs. This combination of colors brought a special charm to the table.
The project involved building three main elements:
- the round wooden kitchen table top
- the turned conical legs
- the square table frame, that helps attach the legs to the top
Let’s see how to build all these elements:
The round wooden kitchen table top
Here are the main steps of building the table top:
1. We cut the planks to the needed length according to the diameter of the round table. For this step, we used a piece of plywood, longer than the diameter. We measured the middle of the longer plank keeping a margin of 10 cm at both ends. We then took the next boards taking into consideration that we have to plane them, so we needed each plank to be 6 to 8 mm wider.
2. We planed and squared all the boards for gluing them up.
3. We applied the glue on the edges and tightened the top. For building this panel, we used our homemade 4-way pressure panel clamps. We also have the free plans and you can downloaded them for free.
4. After the glue dried and before routing the shape, we straightened the panel.
5. We routed the shape of the round table top using a router and a straight copying router bit.
6. We sanded the round edge and all the surfaces. We lightly sanded the sharp edges with 120 grit sandpaper, by hand.
7. After all these steps, we applied a layer of polyurethane primer, we sanded with 320 grit sandpaper and we applied the final layer of polyurethane anti-scratch varnish.
The turned conical legs
These are the turned conical legs.
We will make them again in order to take more photos, for a future post. Until then:
1. We build a wooden jig in order to cut the conical legs at the needed angle. For that:
- we took two straight planks (with all the faces and all the edges planed)
- we screwed them so that we have a 90 degrees angle between them
- we took two MDF scraps and we made two half circle cuts so that we were able to hold the conical legs horizontally
2. We set the sliding mitre saw at the needed angle
3. We cut the ends of all four conical legs, at the same angle and the same length
These are our cuts. The four conical legs are very well cut.
4. In order to make the cutouts to fit the frame, we took a MDF board with all the corners cut at 90 degrees.
5. We drilled holes on each corner to screw the legs.
6. We screwed the legs into the corners using just one screw, so that we were able to correctly place the legs on the corners (symmetrical on each side of the corner).
This is what we need in order to route the ends of the legs.
7. We used a second screw for each leg to make sure they wouldn’t move out of place during routing.
8. We routed the top of the legs using the router and the straight copying router bit. The depth had to be equal to the width of the boards of the table frame.
We made several passes with the router until all four legs were properly cut.
The square table frame
1. We used a 3D printed jig in order to make the box jointed table frame.
2. We cut them into two pieces at the same width (equal to the cutouts of the legs).
These are the four pieces needed to build the square table frame
3. We made the first test to see how they match.
4. The first test with the conical legs.
5. When everything matched, we glued up the table frame using polyurethane adhesive
Finishing and assembling the round wooden kitchen table
1. First, we screwed the legs onto a piece of scrap board to easily apply the polyurethane primer coat. We also applied a layer of primer to the square frame.
2. After the primer dried we sanded the surfaces with 320 grit sandpaper and then we applied the polyurethane black paint to the legs. We also applied a layer of polyurethane varnish to the square frame.
2. We assembled the round kitchen table:
- first we screwed the square frame on the back of the table top
- then, we screwed each leg to each corner of the square frame
These are the photos in it’s final position: