Construction site end table

Making things can be a lot of fun.  Starting off with a vague idea of what you want and then being able to build and complete it is very rewarding.  I wanted to see if I could make a small piece of furniture for my home.  However, my laser cutter is only able to cut parts up to about 60cm in length.  So working with that in mind, I set off to build an end table.

I wanted to come up with something a little different and complex.  One idea came to mind was to use a construction site with support beams.

Table design

Table design

To enhance the contrast with the outside table, I went with a construction golden yellow color and black outside.  With a prototype design finished I cut the parts out of 3mm MDF.  This took much longer than I expected as each leg has 4 parts with numerous cuts required inside and joint tabs on the outside edges.

Table parts cutout

Table parts cutout

My plan was to cut, paint and then assemble the parts.  This was to save some on paint as there was a lot of surface area that I didn’t need painted.  However, it turned out that was much more work than I realized.  Note to self, paint then cut in future.

Finished table

Finished table

The final result was extremely strong and very light weight.  Perfect for those of us in Christchurch with all the aftershocks as it poses no danger if it falls over.  For protection I added a layer of varnish.  Although, next time I will use a stronger attachment for the legs.  Still, overall the table is very strong and is one of a kind.

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