World Map Table Top (Lift Up Lid)




Introduction: World Map Table Top (Lift Up Lid)

About: Hello, I'm Niki. I like to make things and save money while I am doing it.

In this Instructbles build, I will show how I built the table, the table storage

and the world map on top.

I am entering this into the 'Make it Move' contest.

The movement being in the hinged, lift up lid.

My boys are home schooled, so I have slowly been turning our outdoor room

into a comfortable and practical school room.

Step 1:

If you wanted to see how I made the 'Booth Seating area'.

Then you can check that video out here ▲

Step 2:

First up we need to create a solid frame.
I attached a length of 70x35mm timber either side.

Step 3:

And made sure they were level.

Step 4:

Before attaching those pieces I pre-drilled pocket holes

so the screws can be hidden from the front face.

Step 5:

I ran the lengths of 70 x 35 through the thickness planer

to remove the fine edges from the visible faces.

Step 6:

And stained them before attaching.

Step 7:

Now to cover in the underside of the table.
I pre-cut and drilled all my lengths before climbing in underneath.

Step 8:

The more I attached the more boxed in and cramped I was getting under there.
I am glad I am not claustrophobic, because I got stuck and needed to do some

wiggling and readjusting to get back out of there.

Step 9:

For the hinge up lid I first attached three hinges between two of the pre-cut palings.

Step 10:

I laid the rest of the palings in place,
then cut all those to length.

Step 11:

I ripped some palings down the center
to create the supports for the underside of the table-top.

Step 12:

Laid them on top to mark the holes and my overall length.

Pre-drilled and chamfered.

Step 13:

Then attached them to the underside of the table top.

Step 14:

For the map. I first measured the length of the table,

worked out how many sheets of A4 paper would fit and in what orientation.

Step 15:

Then took a basic map from google images into Photoshop

and stretched it out over 9 sheets of paper.

Step 16:

Printed it out, taped it together
and taped it to the bench.

Step 17:

Grab a strong pencil, one that is not going to keep breaking under pressure

and start tracing back and forth over the lines.

Step 18:

This will leave a slight indentation on the tabletop.

Step 19:

Instead of using the "Indentation method".
You might prefer the "carbon paper method" I used in this video ▲

Timestamp 03:13

Step 20:

Then I very gently paint in the grooves with dark brown acrylic paint.

Step 21:

I use cheap acrylic paint mixed with a drying retardant

so I could leave the paint out all day without it drying out.

Step 22:

Added the finishing touches of the bench
and it is done.

Step 23:

If you are interested in these kinds of builds.
Then I would love to have you join me over on YouTube ♥

YouTube - Nikita Maree

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    2 years ago

    Your artistic talents are impressive.
    Your small child is at risk however because the lid is quite heavy. If dropped from the full (or nearly full) OPEN position, I suspect it would do serious damage to any small limbs (or craniums) that found themselves between the falling lid and the base*.
    BTW: Please consider using the term Pilot Hole(s) when drilling a hole into which you intend, subsequently, to insert a screw, rod, dowel, etc. The term PRE-DRILLING covers collecting the drill, inserting the drill bit, (charging the battery of a device so powered), connecting the drill to the mains (power source), possibly aiming the drill. Pressing the bit into the material with the drill running is simply DRILLING (most often) a hole.

    *Perhaps including a 'catch' device that 'locks' the top in the upright position until and unless a release were pulled or pushed or toggled? Or pneumatic dampeners as used on the tailgates of vehicles so that the (HEAVY) tailgate can be opened easily and cannot "FALL" but only slowing return to a closed position?


    Reply 2 years ago

    A pilot hole is a smaller hole drilled to guide a larger drill bit
    Pre-drilling is what you described the term pilot hole as, and was used correctly in this Instructable.

    Also, Nikita, what a fantastic space you have created, I would of been happy to do school work there!

    Nikita Maree
    Nikita Maree

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you Lewis 👍 Exactly.
    Glad you like the space. The kids have been really loving it over the past year.

    Nikita Maree
    Nikita Maree

    Reply 2 years ago

    Charles buddy, Pilot holes are the size of the shank of the screw and are used to prevent splitting the wood. They can also be to guide a larger drill bit later on. (I did not use pilot holes in this build.) I pre-drilled a hole "larger than the shank and threads. (Kitchen counter top method).

    As for my kids, each to their own.