Adding the Top and Trim

  1. Cut one 22-1/2-inch by 34-1/2-inch top (E) from 3/4-inch-thick plywood.
  2. Glue and screw the top (E) onto the table frame assembly. Use 1 -1 /4-inch-long screws placed about every 4 inches around the entire perimeter of the top (E). Screw through the top (E) into the long frame (A), legs (B), and short frames (D). Countersink all of the screws.


  1. Cut two long trim pieces (F) from 1x4 treated lumber, each 36 inches long.
  2. Standing the long trim pieces (F) on edge, miter both ends of each piece at a 45-degree angle.
  3. Cut two short trim pieces (G) from 1x4 treated lumber, each

24 inches long. ^

  1. Again set the trim on edge, and miter both ends of each short trim piece (G) at a 45-degree angle.
  2. The four trim pieces are attached to the frame just a "hair" higher than 1/4 inch above the top (E). The standard tile thickness is 1/4 inch,

and the "hair" more is to accommodate the thickness of the tile mastic. Figure 3 shows the placement of the trim pieces (F and G).

Center one long trim piece (F) lengthwise over one of the long frames (A) so that the mitered ends of the trim (F) extend evenly beyond the ends of the frame (A). Remember to put the long trim piece (F) so that it is just a hair more than 1/4 inch above the plywood top. Use glue and three or four 1-1/4-inch-long screws to anchor the long trim (F) in place.

  1. Next, position one short trim piece (G) so that one mitered end matches that of the long trim piece (F) already attached. Glue and screw the short trim (G) to the short frame (D) underneath it using two or three 1-1/4-inch-long screws.
  2. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to attach the remaining long and short trim pieces (F and G) to the frame.
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