Constructing the Base

  1. Cut each of the four newel posts to 14-1/2 inches long. These will be the legs (C). In order to support the side rails of the coffee table, we have to remove a corner section of wood from the square top of each of the four legs (C). This maneuver is designed to eliminate the need for making blind dadoes.
  2. Set the depth of your saber saw to 1-3/4 inches. Make three cuts in the order shown in Figure 2. The blade edges in the drawing indicate the direction of the cuts. If you use a chisel instead, use the illustration to guide your cuts.

Cut and remove a rectangle of wood measuring 1-3/4 by 1-3/4 by 3-1/2 inches from the inside corner of each leg top as shown in Figure 3.

  1. Cut four side rails (D) from the 1 x 4 pine, each 45-1/2 inches long. Setting each piece on its edge, miter both ends of each side rail (D) at a 45-degree angle, as shown in Figure 4.
  2. This next step probably requires the assistance of a willing helper (or an unwilling helper and a baseball bat), and it should be performed on a level surface. Each of the legs (C) must be connected to the side rails (D), and the entire assembly must be perfectly level. It is easier to make certain that you have everything level if you perform the assembly with the legs upside down. (For help in making sure your project is perfectly level, see "Tips and Techniques.")

Carefully fit two of the side rails (D) inside the opening that you previously cut in the legs (C), matching the mitered ends. (Refer to Figure 4.) Glue and screw them in place using three 2-inch-long screws in each of the side rails (D). Repeat the process with the remaining three legs (C) and the remaining side rails (D).

  1. Cut four triangular corner supports (E) from the 2x6 pine. These should measure 5-1/2 inches on the two short sides. Glue and screw them in each of the four corners, as shown in Figure 4, using four 3-inch-long screws in each corner support (E).
  2. Cut four top trim pieces (F) from the 1x4 pine, each 50 inches long. Setting each piece on its face, miter both ends of each top trim piece (F) at a 45-degree angle as shown in Figure 4. Fasten the top trim pieces (F) to the legs (C) and to the side rails (D) using glue and screws. Use two 3-inch-long screws to connect each end of each top trim piece (F) to the legs (C). Use 2-inch-long screws spaced about 6 inches apart to connect the top trim piece (F) to the side rails (D). The top trim pieces (F) should overhang the legs by 1/2 inch on the edges.

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Baseball For Boys

Baseball For Boys

Since World War II, there has been a tremendous change in the makeup and direction of kid baseball, as it is called. Adults, showing an unprecedented interest in the activity, have initiated and developed programs in thousands of towns across the United States programs that providebr wholesome recreation for millions of youngsters and are often a source of pride and joy to the community in which they exist.

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