Round Side Table

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Project by Ron Stewart posted 07-21-2011 05:37 AM 2523 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this small (16” diameter, 23” high) side table to fit into a sitting area in our master bedroom.

The top is maple veneer over MDF, while the legs and ring are solid maple. An inset glass top and aluminum support rods complete the materials. The finish is Trans Tint dark walnut dye and lacquer (from a spray can).

The last image above is a pre-construction design rendering showing several variations of top and leg thickness.

-- Ron Stewart

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 07:05 AM

wow! that’s professional grade.

nice design too.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 07-21-2011 01:58 PM

Very appealing design and execution. Well done! Thanks for sharing your work with us.

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#3 posted 07-22-2011 03:23 AM


We love the simplicity of the lines (even though it couldn’t have been easy executing the design). It fits your spot perfectly. How lovely!

Thanks for sharing.


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#4 posted 07-22-2011 06:13 PM

Great sketchup modelling pre construction, and great follow.

-- If people concentrated on the really important stuff in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing rods.

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#5 posted 07-23-2011 07:36 PM

very nice design, I love the color and finish, nice blend on your house spot

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#6 posted 07-27-2011 08:53 PM

Beautiful looking side table. The finish looks great! How did you secure the glass insert? I’m looking to make a larger project with a glass top too, and I’m wondering what you did.

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#7 posted 07-28-2011 03:32 AM

Thanks to all who have commented. It’s always gratifying to have your work appreciated by others.

kjb007, the glass isn’t secured at all. The glass is 1/4” thick, and I just routed a 1/4” wide by 1/4” deep ledge to hold it. (My Jasper circle jig was invaluable for this project. It’s a router base that lets you cut holes, disks, or recesses from about 2 to 18 inches in diameter in 1/16” increments.) We have a store-bought sofa table with a wood frame and glass insert, and it’s not secured either.

Patrik, for what it’s worth, I didn’t use SketchUp. I use MicroStation, a CAD package produced by my employer.

By the way, if anyone would like more details about how the table is constructed, I can draw and post more detailed plans.

-- Ron Stewart

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