The main devices you will need are a round saw, a hand drill, a square, and a minimum of two bar clamps.
The table is assembled from 2×4 lumber. The only joinery essential is at the corners. The corners are assembled with dowels for one part, and screws for the other part. The illustration at left shows how the pieces go together.
When cutting off the 2×4’s, it is important to make sure the cut is straight and square. You can mark the cuts with a square and follow the cuts with a circular saw, however utilizing a square to actually direct the circular saw is even better.
A rafter square, clamped to the 2×4 works rather well as a guide for the circular saw. I such as making use of a rafter square because they are small, durable, accurate, and economical. They are called rafter squares due to the fact that they can be utilized to mark angles for cutting off rafters at an angle.
To make the cut, press the shoe of the round saw up against the square. You will need to set the saw to less than its complete depth of cut, or the saw’s motor will hit the square. A typical (non cordless) round saw can cut to a depth of about 2.5″, so even at less than full depth, it will certainly still quickly cut through a 2×4.
Depending on the shape of your circular saw’s shoe, and the thickness of the square, it might help to put something under the square to bring it up a bit, so that its not pushing versus the round edge of the round saw’s shoe.
The design of this table needs a rabbet to be cut at the end of the rails, or ‘apron’ that run under the table’s edge. When cutting these with a circular saw, its simplest to simply make a series of side by side cuts, about 1/4″ apart. Make use of a square clamped to the piece of wood as your guide for the last cut. the last cut needs to be such that the rabbet is 1.5″ wide. The position of the other cuts doesn’t matter too much, and you can cut those freehand.
After making a series of cuts, simply tap the staying bits out with a small hammer. These must come out fairly quickly.
Use a chisel to clean out exactly what is left. It’s finest to clamp your work piece versus a durable table while you do this. Provided that your chisel is sufficiently sharp, you must have the ability to do this clearing out just by pushing it, or tapping the back of it with your wrist.
This is what the rabbet needs to resemble when its cleared out. It does not have to be very smooth, just flat overall, as this surface does not show on the finished table. You will have to cut four of these rabbets overall – one on completion of each rail that goes side to side.