- An asymmetrical support
- Simple machining
- Cut and sand
- Screw the fretwork crosspieces...
- ... and the other sleepers
- Add struts and scarves
- Fix the tray
- Sand and stain
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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
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
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
The plate is screwed onto the frame and the heads of the screws are masked with wood putty.
Sand and stain
The corners are rounded with jigsaw, broken edges with planer. Then the whole is sanded and stained.