Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to share my latest creation: a Star Wars Inspired End Table. This was a really exciting project to work on for three reasons:
- It’s Star Wars Themed
- It’s my first project with dado joints
- It sparkles
In honor of Star Wars day, I have teamed up with a few fellow bloggers to share tutorials on how to make some Star Wars inspired projects. Please take a moment to check out each project:
- Yoda Wall Art – Hazel and Gold Designs
- Lightsaber Headboard – Mother Daughter Projects
- Wooden Star Wars Sign – Abbotts at Home
Here’s a list of my other Star Wars themed projects:
- How to build a Star Wars TIE Fighter Shelf
- TIE Fighter Shelf (The Force Awakens Edition)
- Star Wars Marquee Wall Art Tutorial
- BB-8 Push Toy
- Darth Vader Necklace
- Crochet Princess Leia Hat
Now, let’s get started!
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Tools and Supplies
The following items are the tools and supplies I gathered to build this Star Wars themed end table.
- Homemade Router Dado Jig (tutorial coming soon!)
- 3/4″ Dado Router Bit
- Up Spiral Router Bit
- Router Circle Jig (alternatively can use a jigsaw)
- Circular Saw
- Silhouette (for cutting Rebel Symbol stencil)
- Sheet of 3/4″ Plywood (1)
- 1″ x 6″ x 8′ (1)
- Wood glue
- Cardstock (for Rebel stencil)
- Red acrylic craft paint
- Paint brush
- Black paint
- Mod Podge
- Clear Matte Spray
- Pour-on High Gloss Finish
For ease of use, I cut the plywood into manageable chunks.
- 24″ x 48″ (2) – Plywood
- 20″ x 22″ (2) – Plywood
- 1×6 – 21″ (4)
Mill the 1×6 with a jointer and a planer prior to starting step 1. For details on that process, check out my blog post on How to Make a Wooden Cutting Board.
How to build the Star Wars End Table
I have SketchUp plans in the works. This is something I hope to make available before the weekend is up.
Step 1: Glue up the 1×6 boards
First up, create a panel with the 1×6 boards. Glue the edges and clamp the boards together. After 15 minutes have passed, use a scraper to remove excess glue from the squeeze out. Let the glue dry completely before removing the clamps.
Step 2: Create dados
I opted for dado joints for this project because alignment critical. I felt a dado was the best form of joinery for the project. I whipped up a little jig for my router to create dados. The jig was inspired by a Popular Woodworking Magazine article. You can read about it here.
On a quarter sheet of plywood mark off the center from the short side and long side. Create a dado along the lines. Repeat this step for the other end of the quarter sheet of plywood.
At the midpoint of the 20” x 22” pieces of plywood, create a dado on each side.
Step 3: Cut circles
- 20″ diameter circle with the dados (2)
- 20″ diameter circle from the 1×6 panel (1)
- 19 1/2″ diameter circle (1)
Cut the 19 1/2″ circle into quarters.
All done cutting the circles. 🙌 I finished cutting the other parts of this project too. Tomorrow I’ll assemble it. 🛠 Hopefully everything will fit together. 😅 . #imnervous #notfeelingoptimistic #woodworking #woodwork #woodworker #dowoodworking #circle #circles #woodencircle #plywood #pine #garage #garageshop #sundayfunday
Step 4: Notch out the table “legs”
Find the center of the 20″ x 22″ pieces of plywood and notch out a portion of the board to make a lap joint with the other table leg.
Step 5: Assemble the table base
To assemble the table base:
- Place 1 circle with dado side up on a flat surface.
- Attach the legs.
- Attach the base top.
- Insert table shelves.
Use wood glue and clamps to secure the joints.
Step 6: Paint the base, stain the top
Paint the base and seal it with your favorite sealer.
Stain the table top. I used ECOS Paints Woodshield (Pine Needles).
Step 7: Paint the Rebel Symbol
I used my Silhouette to create a Rebel stencil about 16″ in diameter.
I traced an outline of the symbol and painted the symbol red. Allow the paint to dry before continuing onto the next step.
Step 8: Add glitter
It’s so shiny 😍 Getting close to finishing up this project! I should have started it a week ago. 😅 This top is the 2×6 I resawed earlier. I didn’t have any issues with it warping. I think that’s probably because that scrap has been sitting my garage for many months. 🤔 . #rebel #starwars #starwarscrafts #starwarscraft #geek #geekcraft #geekywoodworking #woodworking #dowoodworking #woodworker #glitter #red #rebelsymbol #starwarsday #may4th #maythe4thebewithyou #maytheforcebewithyou #diy #handmadewithashley
Step 9: Coat the top with resin
Before applying resin, try to remove as much of the loose glitter as possible. Mix the resin according to the package instructions and apply a coat to the surface of the table top. Allow for it to completely cure before continuing onto the next step.
Step 10: Attach table top to table base
Secure the table top to the table base.
Step 11: Make it spin!
This step has not been implemented yet, but it is a modification to the project that I plan on making.
Star Wars Inspired End Table
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