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  • A - Top 2 1-3/8" 36" 36" (oak/birch/maple/poplar hollow core door cut in half)
  • B - Filler 2 1-3/8" 1" * cut to fit
  • C- Edge banding 4 1/4" 1-3/8" 36"
  • D - Edge banding 4 1/4" 1-3/8" 36-1/2"
  • E - Leg side 12 3/4" 2-1/2" 22"
  • F - Leg side 12 3/4" 1" 22" (oak/birch/maple/poplar)
  • G - Leg center 6 1" 1" 22"
  • H - Side stretcher 2 3/4" 5" 26"
  • J - End stretcher 1 3/4" 5" 26"
  • K - Support stretcher 1 3/4" 4-1/4" 29"
  • L - End stretcher 1 3/4" 5" 21"
  • M - Subtop 1 3/4" 21" 29" (oak/birch/maple/poplar plywood)
  • N - Stopper edge 1 3/4" 1" 19" (oak/birch/maple/poplar)
  • P - Side guide 2 3/4" 1" 27-1/2" (oak/birch/maple/poplar)
  • R - Bottom guide 2 3/4" 2" 25-3/4" (oak/birch/maple/poplar)
  • Hardware 1 2" x 36" piano hinge
  • 6 1/4" x 2" pins

How to Build a 3-Way Table

3-Way Table

The Craftsman Experience shows you how to build a 3-option kids table. It's adjustable so that it can be used for everything from serving food to playing table tennis.

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Date: March 16, 2011

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1. Cut hollow core door parts for top (A) to size.



2. Glue filler strips (B) into exposed opening.


3. Glue on edge banding (C) and (D). Trim and sand to make flush. The edge banding can also be glued and tacked on with brads. If the edge banding is left slightly wider than the door's thickness, it can be flush trimmed with a laminate router and flush trim bit.



4. Glue leg parts (E) and (F) together. Avoid glue squeeze out on the inside and/or clean up squeeze out from the inside with a long sharp stick or metal bar.


5. After the glue is dry, joint or power hand plane the leg tapers.



6. Cut leg center (G) to size so it slides easily inside of outer leg. Chamfer corners to provide clearance for possible glue squeeze out of the inside of the outer leg.



7. Slide center leg into outer leg and drill 1/4"adjustment holes for pin.


8. Assemble stretchers (H) to two sets of legs with biscuits.



9. Add stretchers J with biscuits and K with screws.


10. Stretcher (K) is set 3/4" down from the top of the legs to allow for the sliding sub top.



11. Glue top (A) to the assembled table base.



12. Assemble remaining two legs to stretcher L with biscuits.



13. Assemble this assembly to the subtop (M) with biscuits.



14. Slide the subtop into position under the top (A).



15. Screw the stopper edge (N) to the edge of the subtop. Do not use glue. Stopper should remain removable.



16. Glue and screw the subtop guides (P, R) to the underside of the top (A).



17. Attach second top (A) to first top with the piano hinge.





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