Woodworker's Journal 101-Projects-for-Woodworkers, страница 175


Stereo/End Table

Here's a contemporary furniture design that can be used to house your stereo equipment stylishly, or if you prefer it can easily be adapted to create a handsome end table.

The stereo-speaker wings can be folded up and out of the way if space is at a premium in your home or apartment. No matter which way you choose to make it, though, it's sure to be a most useful and attractive piece of furniture.

Ideally, you should use hardwood for this project. We wanted our table to have a dark natural finish so we selected walnut; however, birch or maple would also be fine choices, especially if a light, natural finish is desired.

Begin this project by making the four legs A, the front and back top rails B, and the front and back bottom rails C. Referring to Figure 2, make the table-front frame by doweling and gluing the two front legs to the top and bottom front rails as shown.

Make the back frame by repeating the process

with the two back legs and the top and bottom back rails. Next, on each frame lay out, mark, and cut the VA" radius, the 2V*" width, and the foot taper (Figure 1).

The top should be made next. Note that it is basically a mitered frame D, rabbeted to take a plastic-laminated or veneered plywood panel. Start by cutting the plywood E to size. We used black plastic laminate to cover the top surface of our table. Plastic laminate is available in a wide range of solid colors and simulated wood grains, and can provide an attractive, easy-care finish, particularly for a contemporary piece such as this. Apply the laminate according to the manufacturer's directions and trim off excess at the edges of the plywood.

Of course, if you enjoy veneer work, this is a good opportunity to practice. If veneer is used, it's advisable to veneer the underside of the panel with a lesser grade of veneer to equalize stresses.

The mitered and rabbeted frame D is made


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