Table 1

This simple table is a modern piece of square-ish furniture, and was designed to make use of a couple of glass place-mats I’d found which measured 15cm×15cm, and 15cm×30cm.

The wood used was supposed to be 25mm square, but the actual dimensions varied along its length from 25mm×25mm to 24mm×24mm via 24mm×25mm and 25mm×24mm, and given the 45° cuts are in different planes it’s essential to check that all the angled cuts fit together perfectly before trying to actually glue them; in this instance the flow of grain was not important as it was going to be painted. Please refer back to the preparation for Bed 1 for greater details of what to expect from badly-formed and -cut wood.

Although I didn’t need any guides prior to cutting, below are two screenshots created afterwards to show the different pieces of wood, shown initially as glued together, and exploded into their component parts, to identify the orientation of angles cut at 45° rather than being square.

Fig 0a : Completed.

Fig 0b : Components.

Opposite pairs of the pale-coloured pieces should be cut together, then adjacent pinkish-coloured pieces, so that dimensions are as close to one another as possible, all the while ensuring that the longest piece of glass (15cm×30cm) fits along the sides, and the square piece fits at the ends.

Once everything had been glued together following the guides as shown in the joins for Bed 1, all the sides were sanded with ever-finer grades of paper from 240 down to 600, then spray-painted multiple times with thin coats of Plasti-kote satin white.

Fig 1 : Lengthwise orientation 1.

Fig 2 : Lengthwise orientation 2 (Note the shadow under the table is caused by the floor tiles lifting slightly in the middle, rather than the table not being level).

Fig 3 : Upright as plant-stand.