Build A Picture Frame That Turns Into A Table
Works of art are usually more decorative than functional, but this picture doubles as a practical piece of furniture.
The top of the frame can be unclipped from the wall and drops down to provide a useful work surface, with the long stiles of the frame acting as legs for the table.
When not needed it folds up out of the way, saving valuable floorspace.
In its upright position, the top of the frame is at 1750mm from the floor, an optimal viewing height. When folded down, the 1000 x 600mm tabletop is a comfortable 750mm high.
The tabletop is made from 16mm MDF while 90 x 19mm maple is used for the frame rails and stiles. After the frame is assembled it is cut into two sections, with the 250mm short stiles secured to the underside of the tabletop.
The 750mm long stiles are hinged to the front edge of the tabletop, and swing down to become the table legs.
Finish the table in three coats of black satin paint for a dramatic look.
To glaze the picture, cut a piece of transparent acrylic and slot it into the rebates of the short stiles.
Drill two countersunk clearance holes 15mm in from the top corners and secure the top edge with screws.
TIP For safety, attach a desk stay to each leg and childproof cupboard catches at the top to hold the frame.
When not in use, the table tucks away as a decorative wall hanging.
Dowels are short, grooved lengths of timber with a circular profile.
Dowels are used to join pieces of timber together edge to edge, creating a stronger joint than one secured with adhesive alone.
The grooves allow air to escape as they are driven in.
To improve precision when drilling holes for dowels, use a brad-point bit and clamp a dowelling jig to the workpiece.
Mark matching hole positions in the second workpiece using dowel centres for a perfect fit.
Use PVA adhesive and 50 x 8mm dowels to assemble the frame.
Attach the piano hinges and the top of the acrylic with 12mm x 6g timber screws.
Secure the bearer and the catches to the wall studs using 50mm x 8g timber screws.