Making a Side Table my Own Way – Part 4 – Compass Table

Since the set up for making something from scratch is so much work, from planing the wood to setting the mitre saw on an angle to setting the router for cutting a groove.. why not make more than one table?

Besides, I had the extra legs.

I decided to make a compass table top for my second round table:

My first round table had a clock face, you can see it here  

There are so many bloggers with good ideas and I was inspired by Beth at the blog Make Me Pretty Again who made this great table:

Inspiration photo from Make Me Pretty Again

Here’s another great table with a compass on top… I love the map drawer.  It’s from Nan at the blog sea rose cottage

I made my own circular top by gluing together pieces of scrap pine.  If you make the edges nice and even, you can easily glue pieces side by side, there is no need for screws and ugly screw holes like you get with pocket screws.  Using good quality clamps helps:

I really enjoy making circles with my router.  You can really make any size and I explained how I did it in an earlier post when making my clock face here

The rest of the triangular table build was explained in Part 1 and Part 2 a few days ago.

For this table I painted the legs, base and top with Chalk Paint in the colour “Provence.”  I really wasn’t sure if I could use basic acrylic craft paint over the chalk paint so I emailed Tricia, a blogger at The Purple Painted Lady  who sells Annie Sloan chalk paint. I did not know Tricia, but sent her an email and asked her opinion and she was kind enough to quickly reply that it would be okay to paint over the chalk paint.  She added to wax after adding the craft paint.  It’s so nice to have bloggers helping others like that, thanks Tricia!

I looked online to see how compasses were drawn and using my math skills and a protractor, came up with a design similar to Beths but different. I drew it on with pencil and then painted it by hand.

I sanded the top just a little to distress it and make it appear a bit older and then waxed it all.

Thanks again to Beth, Nan and Tricia and all the bloggers out there that share their ideas and techniques with others.

For this post I was featured at:
Primitive and Proper Beyond The Picket Fence

Sharing at the following blogs:

Miss Mustard Seed                                My Repurposed Life
Brambleberry Cottage                            Shabby Art Boutique
Too Much Time on my Hands                  Funky Junk Interiors
Under the Table and Dreaming                Between Naps on the Porch
Coastal Charm                                       Knick of Time Interiors
Cowgirl Up                                            Elizabeth & Co.    
Savvy Southern Style                             Beyond the Picket Fence
Be Colorful                                            Primitive & Proper
House of Hepworths                              No Minimalist Here
aka design                                              Jennifer Rizzo

0 thoughts on “Making a Side Table my Own Way – Part 4 – Compass Table”

  1. My dear Julie you got me amazed by this work, it's so nice, very professional, the look is awesome, I liked you choose the light color for the background because the black and white stands out very well, and all three colors complement each others, I think I will try it one of these days. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial – you blew me away with the whole gluing wood together and making your own table top. That was like saying, "I grew the wheat and then milled it to make the grain which I then used to bake the bread from scratch with." Seriously…….WHOA! And……I am always available to help with any Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan questions! Thanks again! http://www.ThePurplePaintedLady.com

  3. Wow! I have a "thing" for compass designs on furniture. Your table is just gorgeous. And, you are so nice to mention all of the wonderful bloggers who helped along the way with advice. I'm blown away by the fact that you made the table, though. Great work!

  4. I had seen and admired that original table too. I also work with painted furniture, but I love love love your interpretation of that original piece. Thanks so much for sharing this on BeColorful. I hope you will be back with more of your incredible creations. I really liked the clock table too. Very nice. 😀
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  5. Julie, your table is gorgeous. I love everything about it…especially that you made the round top yourself. I am so impressed with your skills. Love the clock table as well. Great job my friend.

    Hugs,
    Deb

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