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Around a post, our reader, Pierre Demartini, created a tray that serves as both a work plan and a dining area. A practical idea and simple to implement.

A suspended tray

Beginner level
Cost: 160 Euros
Time: a weekend
Tools: circular saw and jigsaw, bubble level, drill, sander.

This welcoming plateau has no base, but operates a large wooden post recovered from an old frame and located in the middle of the kitchen. Large worktop of 134 x 154 cm, it is placed on a horizontal frame anchored to the vertical mast. Made from planed boards of oak 20 mm thick, its manufacture is perfectly accessible to beginners and requires only limited tools.


A suspended tray: screwed

An asymmetrical support

The tray support consists of two pairs of ties assembled mid-wood: the first (the ends are scribed) is screwed on both sides of the post. The other pair (of straight shape and different height) is screwed perpendicular to the first cross on the two remaining faces of the post.
● The ends of the cross thus formed are connected by scarves that brace the frame. Four struts connect the crosspieces of each branch of the cross. The tray itself is made of planks screwed flat-joint on the frame (without assembly between them). One of them is indented to circumvent the post.

Simple machining

The post is sealed in advance. If possible, the sleepers are cut with a circular saw, but given the hardiness of the piece of furniture, work with a jigsaw is acceptable (although less careful). Drawn with a template to ensure their symmetry, the scalloped shapes are cut with a jigsaw and sanded. Half-wood cuts in the fretwork are prepared according to the thickness of the post.

Cut and sand

Cut and sand

Before machining the sleepers, the curves are drawn on a cardboard template. The cut is made with a jigsaw. The song is sanded.

Screw the fretwork crosspieces...

Screw the fretwork crosspieces...

After machining, the scallops cross are screwed on both sides of the post, ensuring both their horizontality (with a level) and the alignment of their ends.

... and the other sleepers

... and the other sleepers

The other two ties are then presented on the first to identify the precise location of the notches mid-wood. Once incised, these ties are in turn screwed.

Add struts and scarves

Add struts and scarves

Adjusted to the request, the spacers are added between the crosspieces of each branch of the cross. The scarves are in turn adjusted and screwed obliquely to the ends of the sleepers.

Fix the tray

Fix the tray

The plate is screwed onto the frame and the heads of the screws are masked with wood putty.

Sand and stain

Sand and stain

The corners are rounded with jigsaw, broken edges with planer. Then the whole is sanded and stained.


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