Parsons Coffee Table
In this article, you will learn how to make a Parsons Coffee Table, designed by designer Jean Michel Franca, with your own hands. This style is based on simplicity, seamlessness, parallel lines and right angles.
At the Parson tables, there are parallel square legs, located exactly in the corners of the tabletop, and the legs and tabletops have the same thickness. Here we will create the illusion of a heavy and solid tabletop, setting slats (borders) along its edges. In order to hide the seams, use putty and beauty.
Materials and tools:
For a countertop, we use MDF or a finished countertop (sold in stores), to pick up the legs and the curb, it is better to choose poplar boards to work with it and it absorbs paint well.
- hammer and nails (or screws and drill);
- carpenter's glue;
- putty for wood;
- boards (sizes in the picture) - the thickness of all boards is 2 cm;
- MDF (dimensions in the picture) - thickness 2 cm.
First, we start assembling the legs of the table, the legs will be "puffed" and consist of 3 boards 48x6 cm, the first - 42x6 cm and the first - 42x8 cm. First we take 3 boards 48x6, glue them together joiner glue (for more reliability, you can additionally screw in the top, bottom and middle screws) and tighten the clamps and leave the glue to dry - this will be the "core or base" of the legs. After the glue dries, we make the outer side of the legs - take the boards 42x6 and 42x8. First, in the same way, we will attach the board 42x6 cm - we pull the glue together with clamps and wait until the glue dries, then we take the board 42x8 cm and glue "on the ribs" of the other boards (see the picture). The boards 42x6 and 42x8 will be the front legs. At the top of the boards there is a space of 6 cm, not covered by the front boards, it creates marks and a place for fastening the slats (curbs) of the countertop.
Now we will fasten the legs with slats (table top borders) and make the table base (see drawing). We cut off 2 boards of 50x6 cm and 75x6 cm, then in all boards from narrow sides we make a sip at an angle of 450 to join the boards with each other. When everyone sawed off, try on and, if all is well, proceed to the mount.
Take the leg and apply carpenter glue on the upper (narrow) part; we take 2 strips (border worktops) and also apply carpenter's glue to the connecting saw cut - we attach the strips to the leg and additionally attach the strips to the feet on the screws (2 screws diagonally). We connect the legs and the planks (table top curbs) in this way, wait until the glue dries and, if necessary, treat the base of the table with emery paper.
After the glue dries out and the base is processed, we will install a table top. Apply carpenter's glue on the top edge of the slats and on the upper surface of the legs and lay the tabletop on the base, leave it to dry completely. Let us turn the table over and additionally attach the tabletop to the slats and legs on the corners (in the same way you can attach the slats to the legs from the inside).
Now with the help of putty on wood we close the joints, self-tapping screws, etc., try to close all the irregularities of the table with a putty to the maximum. We treat the surface of the table with sandpaper (it is better to use a grinding machine). &Nbsp;
After the completion of the preparatory work, apply a layer of primer and paint the table in the desired color.After the paint has dried, apply a coat of furniture lacquer to protect the table and paint from damage.
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