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Drawing table or dining table...it's a door on a trestle base.

One and the same, Bruce Whitelamb's dining table and drawing surface are simply a door reesting on a base built with standard-dimension lumber. Whitelamb, of Greenbaum Whitelamb Architects in Sacramento, chose an ash-faced solid-core door for the top and vertical-grain Douglas fir for the trestle base. The large door surface gives the designer room to spread out when drafting, and its 29-inch-high legs also make it low enough to be used for dining. Total cost including a solid-core door sold as a "second" was about $85.

Materials 4 29-inch 2-by-4 legs 6 30-inch 2-by-6s for feet and crossbraces 2 3-1/2-inch 2-by-6s for spacers 1 54-inch 2-by-6 for the trestle beam 24 3-1/2-inch #12 flathead woodscrews 24 decorative wooden plugs 4 1/4-by-5-inch carriage bolts with nuts and washers 8 2-1/2-inch finishing nails

You'll also need a hammer, nail set, saw, tape measure, square, glue, and drill with 1/8-, 5/16-, and 1/2-inch bits. You can paint, stain, or oil the finished table as desired.

Following the drawing above, start by cutting all the wood to length. When cutting the slopes on the feet and crossbraces make the flat spot at the center between the two slopes as wide as three layers of 2-by-4: 4-1/2 inches.

Before assembly, sand all pieces. To start making the trestle, position the beam between each pair of legs, square them up, drill 5/16-inch holes at each joint, and connect the five pieces with carriage bolts.

Next drop in the spacer blocks at the base of the legs; hold them in position with glue or countersunk nails. Position the four feet at the base of the legs, using the square to make sure they are at right angles to the legs. At each joint, drill four 1/2-inch-diameter holes 1/2 inch deep, and then drill 1/8-inch pilot holes for the woodscrews. Screw on all four feet. Fit the woden plugs into the 1/2-inch holes to cover the screws.

Predrill and screw on the upper crossbraces in a similar manner, making sure they are square to and flush with the top of the legs and beam.

The top of Whitelamb's table simply rests on the base, so the two parts can easily be moved around, but long screws up through the cross-braces could be used to lock the two parts together.
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