Interior Design / September 30, 2018 / Charlotte Mcneely.
Question: My children are fond of playing cards in their spare time, but they need me to get a table for their play.
Answer: Card tables are big enough for card games. However, by the time you add refreshments, cigarette packs, ashtrays, and oilier accessories; there isn’t room left for cards.
Mere is a super-top that gives you all the room you need. Even the handyman with five thumbs can make it. Moreover, the few hours you spend building it arc nothing compared to the years of convenience, it will give you.
What to buy
From 3/4 inch plywood, have your lumber dealer cut a 4-foot circle for you on his band saw. Then buy 12 feet of wood strips about 3/4 inch square, and a dozen 1/2 -inch, flathead wood screws. The circular top fits firmly over an ordinary card table, In spite of its sturdiness top is quickly removed. Just lift it an inch off the table, so the wood strips no longer hold the head in place.
How to build it
Lay the card table top down, on the disc of plywood; measure from the four sides of the table until the super-top is perfectly centered; then mark the outline of the table top on the drive. The square you have drawn should be no smaller than your tabletop itself and not over 1/2 inches bigger.
Next cut the wood strips to form a square outside the square you’ve drawn. Miter the corners if you’re a perfectionist, or let them but if you don’t care. When the strips a cut, lay them in position, drill holes through them and into the top and screw the pieces firmly into place. Countersink the screws.
How to Finish
Use coarse sandpaper and a hand-sized sanding block to smooth the curved edge and remove all traces of saw marks. Then switch to medium grit sandpaper to smooth the surface and the rest of the sides. Complete the sanding job with fine sandpaper. Shellac is most natural to use as a finish.
Apply the first coat thinned about half with alcohol. Shellac, as it comes from the can, may a used for successive layers. Sand with the finest sandpaper between coats after each dry. If you prefer colored enamel, one thinned coat of shellac is a good primer and filler.
Two coals of enamel should cover completely. Lacquer may be sprayed or brushed on, but never over some another type of finish. As a primer for a coat, use the same jacket, thinned half. Hardest to apply because it dries slowly and may pick up dust is varnish, but under spillage and battering, varnish is the many long-lasting finishes. Apply it as you would shellac.