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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