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The game table shelters the stools and the stools store the games.

The game table shelters the stools and the stools store the games

Versatile, space-saving, and easy to make, this painted plywood table shelters four stools under its 3-foot-square top. Half-rounds, made by gluing together quarter-rounds, edge the table and its cross-lapped supports for smooth, safe edges.

To make the table, you'll need a radialarm or table saw, wood rasp or open-backed shaper, hammer, nailset, screwdriver, drill with a 3/32-inch bit, staple gun, scissors, and sandpaper. You'll also need:

2 full sheets of 3/4-inch plywood

6 feet of 3/4-inch half-round

46 feet of 3/4-inch quarter-round

1 box of 1 1/2-inch (4d) finishing nails

16 1 1/2-inch #8 flat-head woodscrews

1 1/3 yards of 45-inch-wide heavy fabric

4 17 3/4-inch squares of 1 1/2-inch-thick firm foam

Spray foam adhesive (sold in foam shops and craft and hobby stores)

1 box of push pins

Masking tape

Contact cement, wood glue, filler

Primer and enamel

16 1 3/4-inch casters (optional)

16 2-inch metal L-brackets (optional)

Cutting the wood. Refer to the diagrams below, then pencil-mark the plywood before you cut (be sure to allow for saw kerfs). Divide one sheet into the tabletop, eight stool sides, four bottoms, and two inserts. Divide the other sheet into two inserts, two supports, eight stool sides, and four stool tops.

Assembling the table. Place the top, face down, and cross-lap the supports as shown in the diagram. Center, glue, and temporarily toenail the supports to the underside of the top.

Turn the table over and use a hammer and nailset to countersink finishing nails through the top. Remove toenails.

Attaching half-round edging. Set aside 14 feet of quarter-round. Glue together the rest to form 16 feet of 1 1/2-inch half-round; use masking tape to hold together until glue dries. Glue and nail assembled half-rounds around tabletop, mitering the corners.

Cut the 3/4-inch half-round into 14 1/4-inch pieces; glue and nail them to the edges of the table supports.

Assembling the stool sides and bottom. Cut the remaining quarter-round into 16 10 3/4-inch pieces. With finishing nails and glue, assemble stool sides with quarter-rounds at the corners.

Glue and nail the bottoms flush with the inside lower edges of the sides. Or attach casters to the bottoms, using an L-bracket at each corner inside the stool cavity to hold the bottoms high enough to accommodate the casters.

Upholstering the stool tops. With the wood rasp or shaper, contour the corners of the tops to match the curve of the quarter-rounds they fit over. Next, center and glue the foam to the top.

Cut the fabric into four 22 1/2-inch squares. Center a top, foam side down, on each fabric square and draw the middle of each fabric edge tautly around the top. Pin.

Working from the middle of the edges out toward the corners, pull and pin along the opposite sides to create smooth, softly rounded edges. Staple fabric in place at least 1 1/2 inches from edge; trim excess.

Finishing touches. Check that the inserts fit inside the boxes with slight clearance; trim if necessary. Center the inserts on the tops. Use a 3/32-inch bit to drill a 1 1/4-inch-deep pilot hole at each corner. Screw on the inserts to cover the rough fabric edges. Fill, sand, prime, and paint.

Photo: Tabletop rests on cross-lapped supports; all were cut from plywood sheet. Quarter- and half-round molding finishes all edges

Photo: Each stool has set-in bottom, removable top, and rounded corners. Insert will cover raw edges of fabric that upholsters top

Photo: Stools fit neatly under coffee table until meal or game time. Fabric-wrapped foam-and-plywood tops lift off, exposing storage space for games, magazines, toys. Quarter-rounds between stools' plywood sides form smooth corners. Total cost: about $135
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