Build this clever table, and the next time you're done entertaining, simply remove a few screws and pack it away until the next celebration.
Before You Start
Step 1: Prepare the U-Channel
Step 2: Paint the Channel
Step 3: Mount the Corner Legs
Step 4: Attach the Center Leg
Step 5: Finish the Tabletop
Step 6: Attach the U-Channel
The top consists of two layers of 5/8-in. plywood sandwiched together, cut in half lengthwise, then reconnected using U-channel. To laminate the top, lay one sheet of CDX plywood good-face-down on a flat surface, roll on a layer of exterior glue, like Titebond 2, then lay the other sheet on top with the corners aligned. Keep the two sheets pressed tightly together for 4 hours using clamps, screws or weights. When the glue is dry, cut the top in half lengthwise with a circular saw.
Use a hacksaw to cut the U-channel into two 4-ft. lengths; then, file the ends smooth. Drill 1/8-in. holes every six inches along one leg of the "U", then use a 3/8-in. drill bit to create countersink holes for the screw heads to nestle into.
Apply a coat of metal primer; let dry, then apply several coats of silver or chrome paint.
Butt the two table halves together. At the corners, measure 8-in. in from the ends and 4-in. in from the edges to establish the positions of the legs. Secure the legs or leg brackets in place using 1-in. galvanized screws.
Join the plywood halves to one another by securing the mounting plate of the middle leg across the joint. Have an assistant help you carefully turn the table right side up.
Use a power sander with 120-grit paper to smooth the plywood and round over the edges. Apply two coats of exterior finish.
Reinforce the tabletop and hold the plywood edges straight by slipping the U-channels over the ends (pre-drilled holes
on the underside) then securing them in place with 1-in. galvanized wood screws.
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