hand-made Sun Table top
This top is 32in. square and will be covered with a 1/4" x 32" square clear
I need to make legs and supports underneath.
My inspiration is from a Mexican restaurant near where I live.
They have several different tables, all with different images and they let me take pictures of
them. Below is the one I wanted to make.
I decided to make the sun table since it seemed to be a simpler design and had
fewer colors. Of course I do not have an air brush and just used a cheap paint
brush to get the effect as seen.
I used southern white pine 2x4s and 2x8's since I could not purchase a big
enough piece of wood. I did not even think to look for one knowing the
cost would be out of my meager budget.
The above inspiration table was made from what appears to be 3/4 -1" thick solid
board 36" dia and ~1/2" plywood under it to support it.
This I presume is also under the purple frame making the table very sturdy. The
outside purple square is 2" thick.
I could see where someone used a jig-saw to saw around the sun shape and relieve
the plywood making the spaces in between the rays so you can see through the
glass to the floor.
Below are just some of the steps I used to create this. I
started creating the table 2 years ago and got discouraged as I made several mistakes
and could not really figure out how to piece it together. Also since it
was at my parents house 35 miles away it was difficult to get over there
especially with gas prices climbing so high. Then my parents when out of
town for the summer so it got forgotten. Once I did bring it back to my Apt.
June 5th 2011 it
took considerable time (several days) of shaping the pieces to set flush and
sand file and shape it. I also decided not to put in the smaller sun rays as
shown in one image. I had three of them done but they were also one of my
original mistakes and I did not want to spend the time making them, notching
them and the side of the frames and so forth.
I had to remake two of the sun beams as shown by their orange tint color. as
they were used by myself in something else during the down time of the project
thinking I was never going to finish it. Wow this table almost never came
I made a sketch of the face based on the image below.
I used one 3/4 wood chisel, a utility knife and sand paper to make the relief
cuts on the face. I used a Surform plane, files and 1"
width sand paper roll strips to radius the edges.
Face based loosely on this image which was a sun-moon
I used paint shop pro to cut the moon and mirrored the sun to get the