If the leggy little tray table, above right, looks familiar it’s because I featured it as a quick and dirty DIY in October 2011. Too quick and too dirty as it turned out. My Red Green, duct-tape method for attaching the legs lasted a few days before it all fell apart. Then I tried epoxy, which held on for about a week.
What I really needed was a circular piece of wood into which I could screw the legs and then attach the tray to the base. This is where Michael Greenwood came in, kindly providing me with a perfectly-cut circle of 1/2″ plywood. I wanted three legs so I drew an equilateral triangle then placed the legs where I wanted them, marked and pre-drilled, then screwed them into place.
I didn’t bother counter sinking the screws since I knew the glue would take up about as much room as the screw heads.
The way I have configured my apartment I needed a small drinks table within reach of the sofa, ideally brass to go with a sweet little two-tiered number I picked up last fall at a garage sale for $20. Now I’ve got a pair of tables that relate to each other without being matchy.
The last thing I did was paint the edge of the plywood with gold leaf paint because the naked wood was drawing my eye and now it looks sort of seamless.
There’s nothing mid-century modern about my side tables (well, except for the scavenged legs) and that’s fine. I love brass, a passion I inherited from my mother. And of course, I love paying next to nothing for decent looking furniture that’s functional and unique.