Arts and Crafts Play Table
Plans for a play table with storage compartment hidden beneath acrylic glass.
1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1/4" plywood 19" x 19"
1/4" acrylic glass 19" x 19"
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
4 - 2x2 @ 20 3/8" (Both ends cut at 5 degree angle/5 degree bevel off square - ends are parallel to each other)
4 - 1x4 @ 19" (Short point to short point, both ends cut at 5 degree angle off square, ends are NOT parallel)
4 - 1x4 @ 5 1/2" (Both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, ends not parallel, long point to long point)
2 - 1x3 @ 19"
3 - 1x3 @ 17 1/2"
2 - 1x3 @ 8 3/8"
1/4" plywood @ 19" x 19"
2 - 1x4 @ 19"
2 - 1x4 @ 24"
1 - 1/4" acrylic glass @ 19" x 19"
I always do this first when working with double bevels so I know the position of each leg. Things can get confusing once you start working when your angles are this slight.
Attach aprons to legs with tops flush, notice that the bottom inside corners of the aprons meet the insides of the leg edge.
TIP: Drill pocket holes for 3/4" stock around all top apron edges for attaching the top in later steps.
These work to strengthen the table and hold the storage compartment in place. I used pocket holes on the underside, but you could also use 2" screws from the outsides as well.
Note that the supports sit down 2 1/4".
At minimum, you should build the storage compartments as shown above. I added a few more. Hide screw holes to outsides.
Attach plywood to bottom of storage compartment with glue and nails.
You probably already did this - dry fit the storage compartment into the table.
I built the frame first with pocket holes on the underside, and then fit around the storage compartment, then attached with glue. We also siliconed the space between so paint an be easily wiped up if that every happens - I'm sure it will.
Finally, we cut the acrylic glass to fit and then drilled a hole for access.
And here is my cheat sheet. Best luck building!