We’ve had they yea or nay discussion about spool coffee tables before. That argument sort of ended in a toss up. Opinions ran from ‘garbage-in-the-living-room’ to ‘love it’. So, how about this version? Casters make it moveable. Dowels turn it into a bookcase. Yea or nay???
Designer John Nouanesing’s Fix It On The Wall Furniture is a piece of art and, when you need it, a coffee table and four cushions, and I’m thinking it’s DIYable. Picture it, you fabricate your cushions, table top and legs, and then you trace their images on a piece of plywood. (Maybe even sandwich two together to get some depth.) You cut out their shapes with a jigsaw and then apply that to another piece of plywood. Continue Reading
Yes! Tiny Living, an on-line retailer devoted to those who live in tiny spaces, features a very clever portable coffee table ($179) that “folds itself into a case when not in use.” It closes to 18″w by 14″h by 4.75″d and opens to a generous 28″w by 18″d by 18.5″h. Unfold it for cocktail parties and tuck it away in a closet–or under a piece of furniture–when the festivities are over.
With very minimal woodworking know-how, I built a mid-century-ish, Isamu Noguchi-inspired “spaceship” table for under $80. The top is similar to Noguchi’s 1948 “Noguchi Table” and the legs are inspired by Noguchi’s Akari series of table and floor lamps.
[When I first made the table, there was no Curbly.com, so I didn’t think to take step-by-step photos. However, I decided to remake the legs to adjust to the height of my new sofa, and refinish the top, so there are illustration photos for those steps.]
Materials and Tools
60”x60” piece of high-ply (11-15) Baltic birch, or other high-ply plywood
4’ length of 1/2” solid steel pipe (available in the weldable steel section of the hardware store, denoted by the red tip). Continue Reading