Make furniture yourself is not rocket science: everyone can do it with the right design and the right tools. I’ll show you how you can build a pretty cool living room table out of plywood & cotton cord.
Do you know what I set out to do when I moved into my apartment in Berlin-Schöneberg over a year ago? I didn’t want any more temporary – after my time in London and constant moving, I was ready to finally live in an apartment that wasn’t only availablebut really set up is.
Now, as is well known, everything always turns out differently than you think. And so I lived last year with a coffee table that was actually not a coffee table at all, but just a cheap board on four legs. So it was the highest railway to change something. It quickly became clear to me that I would build my living room table myself. Because in my head I already knew exactly what it should look like: a lot Wood (especially plywood), a minimalist design and a storage space for books, magazines and Co., so that you can actually use the surface of the table. All in all, it should not look too bulky and at the same time be sufficiently stable. I know quite a lot of furniture requirements. And of course in such a case it makes the most sense to become active and simply build the part yourself. This is not a problem with the right tools, so I was all the more pleased that I had a competent partner at my side for this project with Bosch Home & Garden.
The YOUSeries Tools from Bosch Home & Garden
The new products came for the implementation YOUseries from Bosch Home & Garden. “Simple, compact, different”, that is the motto of drill driver, multi-sander and hand-held vacuum cleaner. The special advantages are not only the handy format and the chic design in black and Siena, but also the interchangeable battery, which is compatible with all three tools and can be easily charged using a USB-C cable. In addition, the devices are absolutely intuitive to use – so they are also perfect for beginners.
By the way: If you want to give away the tools of the YOUseries for Christmas, for example, you get the code BLACKSALE-Luisa from November 23rd to 30th 30% discount in the YOUseries online shop. And you can even have the storage box personalized. Have a look!
So, now I’ll finally tell you how you can build this living room table yourself:
Instructions for building the living room table yourself
I used the following materials and tools for the project:
+ Cordless drill YOUseries drill
+ Battery grinder YOUseries Sander
+ Cordless handheld vacuum cleaner YOUseries Vac
+ Plywood board 20mm in 40 x 75 cm
+ 4 logs with a diameter of 35mm and a length of 40cm
+ 2 logs with 22mm diameter in 67cm length
+ Cotton cord
+ Pen & ruler
+ Wood glue
+ 8 wood screws 4.5 x 60 mm
+ 2 clamps
+ thick needle
Tip: You can have the logs and the plywood panel sawed to the right length in the hardware store. However, the plywood panels are not always 20mm thick. Alternatively, you can get two 10mm boards and then glue them together to get a thicker board.
Prepare your legs
The legs are to be created from the 4 shorter logs. To prepare, you mark the center and drill a hole in each round rod with the YOUseries drill in the drilling function with a 5-piece wood drill.
My tip for drilling: The cleanest result is when you clamp the round rod while drilling on a piece of old wood and then drill. This will prevent the wood from tearing out on the underside.
Prepare cross braces
Next, the cross braces are prepared. To do this, use the YOUseries Drill to drill a small hole in the center of the cut surface using a 5-piece wood drill. The hole really only has to be a few mm deep, it’s just a matter of making it easier to screw in the wood screw later.
In order to be able to stretch the cotton cord for the storage area between the cross struts later, the wood is provided with holes at regular intervals. I used the 5-piece wood drill here again and placed the holes at a distance of approx. 2.9 cm. It is important that you do not start with the holes directly on the edge of the wood, because there must be room for the wood screw with which the cross strut is later attached to the legs.
The dirt has to go!
With all the drilling, of course, there is a lot of wood shavings – which, in the worst case, is spread across the entire apartment in no time. That’s why the YOUseries Vac is now being used here, with which you can vacuum chips or dust even in hard-to-reach areas (thanks to a crevice nozzle that you can simply put on). But also the crumbs from breakfast can be sucked away quickly. Perfect for every home.
Assemble & assemble legs
In the next step, the cross struts are connected to the legs using the wood screw. It works best with the YOUseries drill. Simply switch to screwing mode, insert the magnetic bit holder and attach the matching screwdriver bit, then the screws can be carefully screwed into the wood. in the YOUseries bit and drill set Incidentally, wood, plastic and metal drills as well as bits are included.
For optimum stability, the legs are later screwed to the table top. The easiest way to do this is to glue them together. Here it can help you to fix the legs after pressing them together with suitable screw clamps on a workbench or on a table.
Once the glue has dried, the holes are prepared for screwing the table and legs together. The drilling function of the YOUseries Drill is used again. It is best to mark the appropriate distance on the drill with the help of some tape, because it becomes optimal when the hole becomes so deep that it goes through the table top and the wood underneath of the leg is only drilled a few millimeters deep.
Screw in wood screws – done!
So that the wood feels good and to grind the drill holes properly, the YOUseries Sander is now used. I have a very fine one for that 240 grit sandpaper selected and thus sanded the entire table once. Due to its small, handy format, the grinder is particularly well suited for this project because it allows you to reach hard-to-reach places. In addition, like the other tools, it has a lot of power.
And what is missing now? Of course, the counter space! So grab the cotton cord, possibly use a thick needle to help and thread the cord through the holes. Finally tighten, knot, cut – done!
As you can see, it is actually quite easy to build such a living room table yourself.
By the way: If you want to protect the surface of the table top a bit, you can seal it with a little matt clear lacquer (preferably water-based).
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