My wife scored this really cool looking briefcase curbside and immediately the thought of an end table came to mind. It was totally perfect for remotes, pens, etc.., with pouches and all, super nice.
|stage 1, cutting material for legs|
Stage 2, decide on leg style and cut. A tapered leg is a great modern look and is actually easy to do. Take a piece your leg stock and scribe a taper, 2" at top into a 1" taper. Using a table saw carefully cut along the scribed line.
|stage 2, scribing taper|
|stage 2, cutting on scribed line|
Stage 3, giving your leg some flair. Cut a 15deg angle at top and bottom of leg (this gives a simple leg interest). Be sure to make both cuts in the same direction and make sure all legs are equal or your table will be rickety (not good).
|stage 3, cutting the 15deg flair|
Stage 4, sand the legs and finish. Depending on your desired finish determines how much sanding. I sanded with 80grit stopped and painted out the legs. If you stain go 80, 120, then finish out with 220, stain, poly, lightly sand again with 220 and poly again.
|stage 4, sanding legs|
|stage 4, painting legs|
Stage 5, giving strength to your project. This can be done to vintage luggage a briefcase such as I have or what ever your imagination can think of. In just about every case you need to re-enforce for good structure. Cut out (2pcs) of stock the depth of your project (my case 12"pcs,) set in the bottom, pre-drill holes into supports and the legs, and screw it all together.
|stage 5, re-enforcing with supports|
|stage 5, screwing on legs|
At this point you can either cover the bottom of the project to finish it out or leave as is. Covering will definitely give your project a finished look. Cut out a piece of mdf or plywood to the dimension of the box, paint and be done with it.
Now I have an extremely cool, fun, and funky way to deal with my remotes and miscellaneous stuff that seems to always not have a home. It also double as a really cool table for my laptop when on the couch...