Household Decorating Ideas
Ideally, the top of the tray should be no higher than 15 cm (30 in) off the floor. Use lengths of 50 x 25 mm (2×1 in) timber for the legs. Lay one length on your plan drawing and mark up the angles of both ends with a combination square and adjustable bevel. Once you have cut one leg to the correct length, use it as a template for the other three.
These four pieces will make two sets of legs that will fit inside each other. At exactly the mid point between the top and bottom of the inner legs, mark the position for a pivot hole, match the two legs up and drill through both. If possible, use a drill mounted in a stand to ensure a perfect hole. Match the size of the hole to the diameter of a good quality hardwood dowel. Use each of the inner legs as a guide for its neighbouring outer leg, but drill only part of the way through the outer leg (the dowel will not go right through the outer legs).
Drill out two holes at the top of each leg, 6 mm (V4 in) deep. These holes will take lengths of dowel that will disguise the heads of screws – the screws are used to fix the legs to the top cross braces (step 1).
Make yourself a plan to work out the measurement of the top cross braces. Cut two lengths of50 x 50 mm (2×2 in) timber for the top cross braces, allowing about 1 cm (1/2 in) inside the rim on the tray, so the tray can fit loosely on top of the legs. The inner legs will need a shorter cross brace; remember to allow for a thin steel washer that will fit between the legs at the pivot point.
Cut lower cross braces, allowing 6 mm (1/2 in) extra each end so that they can fit in shallow housings in the legs. Fit these cross braces into the legs and fix with glue and lost-head nails – drill pilot holes first so the wood does not split.