Destructively testing a cheap table
A friend, Bill Price, was getting rid of this table and offered it to me. I figured I could use the melamine top for a workbench, but when I checked it with a chisel, it turned out to be just painted hardboard. It also had a noticeable sag to it, so I didn't consider it useful anymore. So now what to do with it?
The table stood up to the first jump, but it was cracked. The second landing felt noticeably softer, but it still held, sort of. But on the third jump, it failed spectacularly.
While it's unfortunate that furniture should be made so cheaply, fact is, people throw out furniture, and if furniture is to be discarded, it makes more sense to use fewer resources to build it.
With the reinforced corners, it makes for a better table than a hollow core door would. Early in RIM (Blackberry)'s history, they made some of their desks out of hollow core doors. When I started there in 1993, there was still two tables made that way. They were even less sturdy than this table!
Also a National Geographic video about Ikea's
Board on frame construction
More about building tables:
More about building
Building a round
Attaching table legs
with a doweling jig
Free simple table plans
More Projects on my Woodworking website.