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Rolling Cube Tables

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For versatile home decorating, build these simple cubes that work alone as end tables or together as a coffee table. With two design options, they can help solve your storage needs.

Rolling cube tables in family room

Project Overview

Skill Level

Intermediate

Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost

$$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Table saw
  • Drill, bits, drivers
  • Clamps with 18" capacity
  • 3/4" spade bit (#170976)

Materials

  • 22 1/4" x 2" x 4' poplar boards (#1220)
  • 2 1/2" x 49" x 97" sheets of MDF (#74794)
  • Titebond III wood glue, 8 ounces (#627)
  • 3 3/4" disc magnet packs of 8, (#176644)
  • 7 #10 x 1/2" Phillips panhead screws (#57544)
  • #18 x 1-1/4" wire brads (#128126)
  • 16 2" swivel casters, black (#24765)
  • Valspar interior latex primer, 1 gallon (#260948)
  • Valspar interior semigloss, Grandma's Cherry Pie (#CI 106), 1 quart
  • Valspar interior semigloss, Swiss Coffee (#7002-16), 1 quart
  • Valspar interior semigloss, Sea Sage (#CI 181), 1 quart
  • Valspar interior semigloss, Loofah (#CI 162), 1 quart (#44972)

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Instructions

Cut Out the Parts

Step 1

The parts and techniques for building the open-side and removable-top versions are mostly the same. For the open-side version, omit the front panel. To cut parts for the removable-top version, saw 1/8" from the sides of the top panel.

To make either version, cut two sides (A) and two top/bottom parts (C). Cut one back panel (B) for the open-side version or two for the removable-top version.

Step 2

If you're making the open-side version, cut pairs of inside rails (D) and inside stiles (E). For either version, cut the edge trim (F, G, H) that hides the MDF edges.

Assemble a Cube

Step 1

Glue and clamp the sides (A) to back (B) for an open-side cube or add both the front and back for a removable-top cube. Then add brads to reinforce the joints and allow the glue to dry.

Step 2

For either style cube, glue, clamp, and nail the bottom (C) in place. For an open-side cube, repeat to attach the top and allow the glue to dry.

Step 3

For the open-side cube, glue and clamp the inside rails (D) and inside stiles (E) with the trim edges flush with the MDF edges.

Step 4

Glue and nail the front and back rails (F) and stiles (G). Check that the stiles overhang the edges by 1/2", the thickness of the front/back stiles and side rails (H). Then glue and nail these side trim pieces in place.

Step 5

drill two 1 finger holes

If you're building the removable-top version, check the opening size by measuring between the front and back rails (F) and side rails (H). Trim the top to 15-7/8" x 15-7/8". Then drill two 1" finger holes where shown and smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Finish the Cubes

Step 1

If you're making the group of four cubes, position the cubes as you'll gather them and identify the pairs of mating faces one through four. Then mark the magnet locations and drill 3/4" holes 3/16" deep for the magnets.

Good to Know

To control your drill bit depth, tape the spade bit 3/16" from the cutting edges (not the tip) and drill down to the tape.

Step 2

Sand the cubes using 120-grit sandpaper followed by 180-grit sandpaper. Vacuum and wipe the surface clean and apply a coat of primer inside and out. After that dries, finish with two coats of paint and allow the last coat to dry overnight.

Step 3

glue the magnets in the holes

Using epoxy cement, glue the magnets in the holes so that they're flush with surface.

Step 4

Position a caster on the base where shown and mark the screw hole locations. Drill 9/64" pilot holes and screw the caster in place. Repeat for the remaining casters.

Good to Know

Magnets can repel as well as attract each other. Group the magnets in four pairs for each pair of mating faces to make sure they'll hold the cubes together.