Step 8: Finish the table.

Tom Silva attaching the top tier to a 3-tiered side table
Photo: Anthony Tieuli
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Fit the middle panel frame-side down onto the screws in the middle legs, and twist the upper legs onto the exposed screws. Place the tabletop frame-side up and centered on the legs. Drive deck screws through the pilot holes in the tabletop and into the legs. Cover the screwheads with wood filler, then sand, prime, and paint.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • locking pliers
      Locking pliers
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • 1/4-inch drill bit
      1/4-inch drill bit
    • 3/32-inch drill bit
      3/32-inch drill bit
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • paintbrushes
      Paintbrushes

    Shopping List

    Artists' wood panels, by 12 by 16 inches Get three.

    Table legs, 6 to 8 inches long Get twelve.

    5/16-by-2½-inch wood-to-wood dowel screws Get eight.

    2½-inch deck screws Get four.
    ¼-inch wood dowel for plugs Get one 3-foot section.

    Wood glue

    Wood filler

    220-grit sandpaper

    Primer and paint of your choice