This is part 1 that covers the basic construction of the table. Part 2 will complete the project with the sanding and painting of the tabletop.
The basic plan for the table is below.
|Basic table plan.|
Three sections that interlock using bolts.
For the frame I used "1 by 2" and for the actual table top I used 1/2" particle board. The interlocking holes are 1/4" holes. The "long side" frame I cut at 48" whereas the "short side" frame I cut at 22 9/16ths to account for the width of the 1 by 2's on the long side.
- 8 x 1x2x8 boards for framing.
- 3 x pre-cut 2 foot by 4 foot 1/2 inch thick particle board.
- Wood screws for framing (1 1/2").
- Wood screws for table top (1").
- 1/4" bolts, washers and nuts for interlocking sections.
- Power mitre saw.
- 18v drill.
- Tape measure.
- Squaring ruler.
Pictures below of the construction with descriptions in the captions.
|Cutting the framing sections.|
|Getting all the framing cut|
for the "outside" frame of
|Assembly complete for the|
outside frame for all three sections.
|Center support in for all three|
sections (running the length
of the table top).
|Two cross supports for each|
half of each section complete. This
finished the frame assembly.
|I used scrap sections of the framing wood to build a|
template for drilling the 1/4" interconnection holes.
|Table top attached using screws "counter sunk" into wood.|
|All three sections built and ready for sanding.|
Now it is on to sanding the table top and painting. As I already have my 6 foot by 8 foot table (with legs) setup, this will just sit on top of that existing table. Also, this will travel well for conventions and such. This part took about 3 hours to complete with the right tools and experience - if you are newer to wood working projects you should budget a little more time.