Make a pair of nesting tables
A pair of nesting tables is the ideal way to save space.
You will need SHOPPING LIST
• 18mm plywood, cut to: two pieces of 800 x 600mm (large table top) two pieces of 475 x 350mm (small table top)
• two pieces of cardboard in the above-mentioned dimensions
• 44 x 44mm planed pine, cut to: three pieces of 390mm, both ends cut at a 7° angle (large table legs)
• 35mm curtain rod, cut to:
three pieces of 330mm, both ends cut at a 7° angle (small table legs)
• one packet 6mm x 50mm chipboard screws
• one packet 6mm x 40mm chipboard screws
• one packet 8mm x 30mm chipboard screws
1 Using the cardboard, make two egg-shaped templates for the table tops – one large and one small (draw them freehand) – and trace them onto the plywood with a pencil. Now use your jigsaw to cut out two of each table top along the pencil line.
3 Smear wood glue on the remaining large table top and place the table upside-down on it. Screw the tops together from underneath using the 30mm screws. Fill all the screw holes with wood filler and allow to dry completely. Sand the table thoroughly and varnish or paint in the finish of your choice. We sealed the larger table with Woodoc Water-Borne Floor.
• cordless drill and 3mm drill bit
• wood glue
• wood filler
• 80-grit sandpaper
• paint or varnish (optional)
2 Place the smaller template on one of the large table tops and mark the position of the three legs – this will ensure that the smaller table will fit neatly between the legs of the larger table. Position the legs on the table top and drill pilot holes diagonally in the three legs; screw them in place with 40mm screws. Turn the table right-side up and reinforce the legs with a 50mm screw from above through the table top.
4 Repeat the process to make the smaller table with the two smaller table tops and 330mm curtain rods as legs. Choose a contrasting finish for the smaller table.
Use your multi-square to ensure that the legs don’t stick out from under the table top.
QUICK PROJECT GUIDE Hard labour 5/10 Skill level 5/10 Time needed 1–2 hours Do it yourself for less than R500: wood and screws (excluding paint) Project notes • Sand your planks beforehand. • Remember to drill pilot holes.