Contrasting the warm finish of oiled Tasmanian oak with the coolness of slate, this small table is designed for serving chilled drinks since condensation and watermarks won't damage the tile surface.
Step 1: Make a Jig for Assembly
Step 2: Join the Legs and Shelf Rails
Step 3: Attach the Top Rails
Step 4: Secure the Slats
Step 5: Attach Slate Top
To assemble the table make a jig to keep
the parts square while they’re joined.
On a scrap sheet of plywood or
MDF secure two 23 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"
offcuts positioned 13 3/4" apart,
using the shelf rails as spacers. Then
position another offcut perpendicular
to them at one end.
To assemble the side frames
position the legs in the jig, measuring
4 3/4" from the base to position
the shelf rail. Drill two pilot holes
using a twist bit, securing
with wood glue and 1 1/2"
Drill and countersink 1/20" pilot
holes through the top rails to secure
them to the legs with wood glue
and 1 1/2" galvanized screws.
Put the frame in the jig to
position the slats with 1/2" spacers,
use a twist bit to make pilot
holes then secure with nails. On the
underside of the tile apply a bead of
construction adhesive, position the
frame and leave to dry for 24 hours.
Attach slate top with adhesive.
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