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How to Build an Art Table With Storage Drawers

Carter Oosterhouse shows how to build an art table with storage drawers.

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Step 1: Build the Inset Table

Build the inset table. First, miter the ends of the front, back and sides to 45-degrees. To do this, use a chop saw or miter saw, set the bevel angle at 45 degrees and cut down the sides of the beams.

Step 2: Glue the Edges

Glue the edges of the bottom piece. Place the back piece and the two sides over the bottom edge, securing them with two-inch brads. By joining each 45-degree angle side, the corners should form a complete right angle. Do not add the front face of the table yet.

Step 3: Secure the Support Beam

Add the support beam 15.5" from the left side. Glue the bottom of the beam, and set in place. Secure by nailing from underneath the bottom of the table with two-inch brads.

Step 4: Trim the Drawer Hole

Trim the drawer hole on the front table face. Use the table saw to make a 14-inch cut starting 3/4 inches from the left side and 2-3/4 inches from the bottom. Next, make a second cut exactly 2-1/4 inches below the first. Then take your jig saw and connect the cuts at both ends, creating an open hole that measures 2-1/4 inches x 14 inches.

Step 5: Build the Drawer Cover

Build the drawer cover for the table. It is best to build this upside-down. Take the one foot, 10.5 inches x 2.25 inches pieces and attach them over the top piece with glue and two-inch brads. Then attach the 1/2-inch drawer guides to the inside. Use a level to make sure they sit even from each other.

Step 6: Place the Drawer Bottom

Turn over the drawer cover and place it inside the table inset, between the left hand side and the support beam. Glue the bottom of the surround and attach it with two-inch brads, nailing from underneath the bottom of the table.

Step 7: Build the Drawer

Time to build the drawer. Cut half-inch maple for the four sides, and 1/4-inch maple for the drawer bottom. Using a table saw with a 1/4-inch Kerf blade, make a 1/4-inch deep cut 1/2-inch from the bottom. Take the pieces and slide it onto the drawer bottom. Again, glue the dado cuts before sliding on, and attach with one-inch brads.

Step 8: Attach the Drawer Sliders

Attach the sliders to the guide and fully extend them. Hold the drawer in place between the slides and try pushing the drawer into the table. Adjust the position of the drawer until the drawer can easily be pushed in. With a pencil, mark where the drawer slides should attach. Remove the sliders from the guides and screw into the side of the drawer. Now put the drawer in place by again attaching the rollers to the guide.

Step 9: Attach the Table Face

Attach the table face by gluing and nailing it with two-inch brads.

Step 10: Attach the Drawer Facing

Cut out the drawer facing and attach it by nailing one-inch brads into the inside of the drawer front. Make sure the facing is positioned correctly before attaching. Add a knob of your choice to the drawer.

Step 11: Add the Table Legs

Flip over the table to add the legs. In each corner place a 3/4-inch floor flange, attaching it with 3/4-inch screws.

Step 12: Attach the Steel Pipes

Attach the 18-inch-long galvanized steel pipes into the floor flanges. Add 3/4-inch couplings and then the galvanized-steel nipples. Next, add the caster wheels. These wheels have been specially made to fit a 3/4-inch coupling. You will have to special order these as they are most likely not found at a local home store. Flip the table back over. Make sure it is level. If need be, adjust the legs by screwing or unscrewing a bit until you get the right level.

Step 13: Cut Out the Tabletop

With a Forstner bit, drill out a 5/8-inch hole one inch from each end and then one directly in the center.

Step 14: Attach the Lid

Attach the lid to the table by using 5/8-inch overlay concealed hinge. This is also known as a Euro hinge. These are great for hiding your hinges as well as giving your table a clean, modern look. They are also easy to adjust once attached. Screw them into the desk using accompanying screws.

Step 15: Create an Open Handle

To make an open handle for the desk, measure out from the center one inch to the left, then place a 5/8-inch hole using the Forstner bit. Repeat the step for the right. Use a jig saw and trim the wood out that remains between the two holes. Sand down to smooth. Paint or stain however you wish. This is an art table, so be as creative as you like.

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