Play Table Progress

Made some progress over the weekend on a small play table.  Still have the chair to make, but the hard part is done: starting!

Firstly, I prototyped the leg and a part of the chair back.

Play Table Prototype

Play Table Prototype

The back is curved, and was cut on the bandsaw.  First the top was done, then the front and back curves cut.  Came out better than I expected, so from here, I will make up a template so future chairs can be made with the same design.

The leg was a guess at the right height, and the pen marks on it are the susequent measurements I made when my model was available – from back of knee to floor, thickness of thigh etc.  Then added on some clearances, and allowance for growth, and the final height was arrived at.

I then made the top for the table.  Cut in MDF, because I want to paint it and anything else would be wasted under paint.

Laying out the corners

Laying out the corners

The top was sized, and then the corners rounded off.  This was done first on the bandsaw, and then finished with a pattern following bit on the router table.  Next, I wanted a channel all round so that it would catch minor spills, and potentially pens/crayons etc so they didn’t necessarily roll onto the floor.  It won’t stop either, but it will certainly help.

Routing the channel

Routing the channel

This was done by clamping the top to my only working surface in the shed (still) – my tablesaw, then the router with a cove bit and a fence to cut the channel.

Then it was back onto the router table to round over the edges.

Finished Top

Finished Top

The leg material was cut and dressed, then cut to length.  Mortise slots cut into the top, and into the skirting.  The skirting took a few passes on the router table to round over corners, add a bit of beading detail, and cut a slot at the back for clips to hold the top on.  The Mortise Pal certainly made cutting mortises easy, so was a good initiation for it!

Table base glueup

Table base glueup

Table base detail

Table base detail

Play table ready for painting

Play table ready for painting

So that in brief was how the table came together.  The chairs will be very similar, and will be the next project.

One Response

  1. Well done Stu…now for the chairs!

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