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STEPS

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SKILL LEVEL

-step instructions Mark off an 18" by 18" area of 3/4" plywood. Draw a balanced five pointed star design onto the plywood with each point placed approximately 9" from the center of the star. Connect those points with inner angle lines to complete the star design. Measure and mark points 1 1/2" in from each of the five inner angle points of the star. With your plywood clamped, use a drill and 1/2" drill bit to plunge into these points and create holes that will eventually serve as the ends of wine glass slots. This stylish mini table provides a convenient way to enjoy refreshments while lounging outside this summer. It can be very handy at picnics and when watching fireworks.

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Supplies Needed For This Project

TOOL

US40 Ultra-Saw™

Model # US40

TOOL

Multi-Max™ MM30

Model # MM30

ACCESSORY

US500-01 4” Carbide Wood Cutting Wheel

Model # US500-01

ACCESSORY

MM480 Wood Flush Cut Blade

Model # MM480

ACCESSORY

60, 120 and 240 Grit Sand Paper - Wood

Model # MM70W

Materials

  • 1

    MM14 Hook and Loop Pad
  • 1

    3/4" Plywood
  • 1

    Drill
  • 1

    1/2" Drill Bit
  • 1

    3/4" Steel Floor Flange
  • 1

    3/4" PVC Pipe
  • 1

    3/4" PVC Slip Adapter
  • 1

    1/2" Wood Screws
  • 1

    Paint
  • 1

    Paint Brush
  • 1

    Pencil
  • 1

    Ruler

Let's Get Started

To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.

STEP 1

Step 1

Mark off an 18" by 18" area of 3/4" plywood. Draw a balanced five pointed star design onto the plywood with each point placed approximately 9" from the center of the star. Connect those points with inner angle lines to complete the star design. Measure and mark points 1 1/2" in from each of the five inner angle points of the star. With your plywood clamped, use a drill and 1/2" drill bit to plunge into these points and create holes that will eventually serve as the ends of wine glass slots.

STEP 2

Step 2

Mount the US500 Carbide Wood Cutting Wheel onto your Ultra-Saw tool. Clamp the plywood and cut along the outline of the star design. Avoid over-cutting the inner angles of the star by using your MM30 tool with attached MM480 blade to finish off these cuts with precision. Run the MM30 at a medium to high speed when making the cuts.

STEP 3

Step 3

Use a pencil and ruler to trace straight lines extending from the edges of each of the holes drilled in Step 1 to their respective inner angle areas. These lines should run parallel 1/2" from each other. Cut along the traced lines with your MM30 and MM480 blade to create the wine glass slots.

STEP 4

Step 4

Attach the MM14 Hook and Loop Pad and MM70W Sand Paper to your MM30 tool. Set the tool to a medium speed and work in light circular motions to sand the body and edges of the plywood star as desired.

STEP 5

Step 5

Determine which side of the plywood star you would like to be the top of the table and which side you would like to be the bottom. Use a drill and 1/2" wood screws to secure a 3/4" steel floor flange to the center of the bottom side of the star. Insert a 3/4" PVC slip adapter into the steel floor flange so that it will be easy to attach the PVC stem of the table in Step 6.

STEP 6

Step 6

With the US500 wheel still mounted to your Ultra-Saw tool, cut the 3/4" PVC pipe to your desired length. The length of this pipe corresponds with the height of the table. We wanted our table to be very short and cut our PVC pipe to 18" long noting that we would stick at least 6" of it into the ground for stability. To make it easier to plunge the PVC pipe into the ground, cut one end of it to a sharp angle with the Ultra-Saw. Insert the straightly cut end of the PVC pipe into the slip adapter from Step 5. Finish the table as desired. We painted our mini picnic table red and blue for the 4th of July. To set up the table, plunge the sharp end of the PVC pipe into the ground to a depth that provides the table with adequate stability. If plunging the PVC in the ground proves difficult, try using a hammer and stake to create a pilot hole.

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