How To Make A Table With Secret Pop-Top

Step 1: Materials/Tools


-3/8″ Plywood

-Several 1/2″ Oak Boards


-Woodburning Kit


-Wood Glue

-Clear Polyurethane

-Elmers Wood Putty

-1 Foot Quick Grip Clamps

-Wood Screws Assorted

-Table Saw

-Utility Knife



-Chop Saw



-Glass Cutter

-Table Router


-Bandsaw (portable kit)

-Belt Sander

Step 2: Table-Top Construction

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in the same exact way that we did. For starters, before we even started building, dad made a template out of cardboard in order that we could lay it onto our 3/8″ plywood and trace the outline out with our jigsaw.

Rim: If you would like to undertake and make your own circular trim piece, you’re certain a challenge! There are several ways of going about it, but the tactic we wanted to use was the minimalist sort of gluing and clamping. Since we didn’t desire wasting plenty of wood on making one small little trim piece, we first planed down several of our 3/4″ boards in order that they were nice and smooth. Then we glued several of them in an overview round the fringe of our table-top then left them to dry. this is often no easy task though because once the boards are done drying, you actually need to take care because the piece is somewhat fragile. differently we could have gotten that circular shape good was to soak our boards in water in order that we could have bent them much easier, however, our tight schedule didn’t leave this convenience. to not mention the wood could have ended up checking or splitting over time.

Step 3: Legs

For our legs, we just kept them super simple as all we did was cut 12 15″ long strips from our 1/2″ oak boards, glued them in groups of three, then planed them on our planer in order that they were ready for once we needed to connect them to the table. for a few added eye comfort you’ll prefer to the router the sides and bottoms of your legs in order that they need a more modern and clean look.

Step 4: Secret Storage Space

As you’ll imagine, we made our secret space for storing out of an equivalent 3/8″ plywood that the highest was made out of. This part is basically simple as all you’ve got to try to to is decide how big you would like your space for storing to be, cut your pieces to size, then glue/nail it together. One added element that you simply do not have to feature on yours is that the incontrovertible fact that we had our legs rest inside our secret compartment. So so as to try to to this, we had to chop out some holes within the bottom of our compartment with our jigsaw for them to insert into.

Step 5: Support Wing Construction

Anytime you opt to start the creation of something which will contain a secret, you’ll always got to put in some extra effort to form sure it stays hidden. And this was the case with this table.

In order to assist conceal the table’s hidden area, we had to create some supports for the highest piece. I won’t enter an excessive amount of detail on how we ended up attaching them to the edges of the table because it was a touch technical and required very precise pilot hole drilling. If you would like to understand how we attached them to the table you’ll inspect the video as I explain it far better there. As for the boards themselves. These were made out of an equivalent 3/4″ boards that we used for the trim piece.

After we finished securing our wings to our table, we placed our table-top on top of the table and traced round the edges of it with a pencil. We then removed the support wings, took the pieces to the bandsaw, cut round the pencil line, then painstakingly routered almost every inch of the boards that were inside the lines. the rationale we did this in order that the table-top could sit inside a recessed edge thereby making it look very natural to possess a seam going round the outside of the table.

Step 6: Supports for Your Wing Supports

The wings themselves aren’t strong enough to support the table on its own. Therefore you’ll need to create some braces to assist keep them level. I apologize for not having any good photos of them as I didn’t seem to stay much of the footage folks installing them once I was editing the video. Any sort of board with a 90-degree angle will do. As long as they extend far enough under the wings to offer them adequate support, you ought to be good.

Step 7: Finishing

To try and match our friend’s furniture, we applied two layers of clear polyurethane to the table-top and only one to the rest of the project. Adding any additional routering to the edges of your table are suggested but not necessary. Only add it if you desperately feel the need to have aesthetically pleasing furniture.

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