My One Board Challenge-Twisty Table

Hey guys, how was your weekend?  I hope it was awesome!  It’s Monday again, so that is a little depressing, but I am still riding on a high from this weekend (not literally…).  I was featured by ANA WHITE!!!! In case you think I am lying, check it out here.  I know, right!? I am giddy!  Just out of the blue I got on Facebook this Saturday and saw that she had featured me and my sliding barn doors.  Seems like that was a popular post…it was featured on Hometalk as well! If you haven’t seen it already, you are missing out 🙂

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On top of that excitement, I also finished this twisty table to submit for the one board challenge.  I have seen several DIY bloggers advertise a one board challenge contest where the main rules are that you can only use a 1x8x8ft board, but you can build anything you want out of it. And you get a chance to win some sweet tools! I told Danny “I’m totally doing this!”

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So I thought for weeks about what to build and I finally decided on a twisty side table. I could have done a million things (and may should have in order to win), but this sounded fun because it was a challenge to figure out. When I posted it on Instagram as my “official submission” yesterday, I had a couple of what I consider “big names” in the DIY blogging world comment on it!!! Like, whoa!  I know, I am a little crazy, but that is exciting to me!

So, today I wanted to show you how I built it.  I’m going to attempt to explain how this was done…but it’s a little hard to explain, so bear with me, ok?

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First I cut two pieces from the board a little longer than I wanted the height of the table to be. These will be the “legs.”  I made a jig from a few pieces of scrap wood that would accommodate the angle of the board so that it would cut a straight line from top left corner to bottom right corner.

I placed the board in the jig as shown and pocket hole screwed it to the jig so that it wouldn’t move while I ran it through the saw.  If you don’t already own a Kreg Jig for pocket holes, I highly recommend getting one.  They are SUPER handy and it’s probably my most used tool in the shop. (PS don’t forget the screws)

I tilted my saw blade to a 45 degree angle and lined my board up so that the blade would cut right at the top corner as shown in the pic below.

I ran the board through the saw using the jig.  Ignore the mess in my shop.  I have a nice wood rack to hold all my wood….but I have a MASSIVE pile of random scraps on the floor with no place to go.  I hate throwing away scraps…but let’s be honest, I will probably never find a use for 60% of what is there…I’m a scrap wood hoarder.  Forgive the fact I am not wearing safety glasses…regular glasses count, too, right? Haha, no, no, they don’t.  Do as I say and not as I do, kids.

Once that is cut, I had two triangle shaped boards.  The board that is attached to the jig is the good one, so I set it aside.  Then I ran the other triangle and the other board through the same way.

You end up having four triangles that look like the ones below.

I took two triangles and fit them together like the picture shows below.  I put some glue on the edge of one and then I….wait for it…..NAILED IT! HAHA…get it, nailed it?  No, really, I put a few nails in it with my nail gun.  I’ve been waiting for a while to find a good spot to be able to say that I “nailed it.” You know, like “I totally nailed it with this project”? Ha…funny, right? No? Okay, moving on…

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I did this with all four triangles, so I had two “legs” that looked like this:

It took me forever messing with these angles to finally figure out it was really this easy.

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I placed the board on my miter saw as shown. I did this for both ends of both legs.  I cut one at a time and set the legs up like they would be on the table to make sure that I got the directions right on the angles.

Danny took these pictures for me….I never realized my hair was this long.  WHOA.  I may or may not be a hippie…and I may or may not need more highlights…don’t judge…

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Once the angles on the legs were cut, I fit everything together to make the top and bottom pieces.  I lined them up on the remaining pieces of the 1×8 board and marked where I needed to cut for the top and the bottom piece, and cut it.  Then, I nailed it on with the nail gun.

Once the bottom was nailed on, I flipped it over and marked where to cut for the top piece and cut it and nailed it on the same way, making sure to line everything up well.

Then, I stained it, and brought it inside!  I know you can see marks where I sanded against the grain…I know this is against the “rules” of woodworking.  My miter saw blade is dull and I haven’t gotten a new one yet, so I have to sand off the rough spots after each cut and I thought I sanded off all the scratches, but apparently I did not.  Amateur mistake.  That’s me….an amateur…

But, seriously, isn’t it adorable!?!  Please ignore the dust bunnies…I’ve been busy in the shop and haven’t vacuumed in….let’s not discuss details.

Hope you enjoyed the making of this twisty table as much as I did 🙂 Trust me, you couldn’t have…I had so much fun making this!

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Now, get to building!  Oh and if you have any more ideas for another one board challenge project, I would love to hear it….I’m running out of creativity and I’d love to make one more project!  Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for lots more projects coming soon!

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This project from the #oneboardchallege was made with a single 1x8x8 board that cost about $6! You've got to try this!--Woodshop Diaries

 

 

NOTE:  As with any tutorial and how to on the site, I am happy to provide you with the instructions for free in the post.  I enjoy inspiring others to make their own furniture and crafts.  However, since I receive no compensation for these “plans,” I ask that you please be respectful of the time that was put into making and writing these projects and instructions and please ask permission before using them to make and sell for profit.

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54 Comment

  1. Reply
    chris aka monkey
    October 5, 2015 at 10:21 am

    this is so different and so cool looking, it should win hands down xx

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      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      October 5, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Haha thanks! I hope you’re right! There are some pretty awesome submissions so far. I’m impressed with what people can make out of a single board!

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        Ha Burton
        March 4, 2016 at 3:52 am

        Did cutting the ends of the legs turn out to be a 7 degree angle?
        Those angle cuts have to be just right for the table to sit flat. I say you did a Ha-Sum job. It looks great.

  2. Reply
    Smitha Easter
    October 5, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    This looks SO COOL! I love your style! 🙂

    1. Reply
      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      October 5, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you!

  3. Reply
    alex
    October 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I’m going to have to try this , really is a cool idea ! Thankx for the instructions & pix !

    1. Reply
      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      October 6, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you! Let me know how it turns out!

  4. Reply
    Jesse
    October 9, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Do you have measurements of your jig? That would really help!

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      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      October 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      I’m so sorry! I do not have these measurements on hand. I can go home and measure it, but honestly I think it’s probably easier to make your jig this way: cut your board to the length you want it (as I said in the blog, I did 2ft, but you could go shorter if you wanted a shorter table). Take a straight edge and draw a line from one corner to the other to make a diagonal. Place the board on top of the scrap you will make your jig out of and measure from a straight, square edge of the jig to the diagonal you drew. Do this in a few places and adjust as needed to make sure the distance from the straight edge of the jig to the diagonal is the same at both ends. Then trace the corner where the board is laying on the jig and cut that piece out. Does that make any sense? Then your board will fit perfectly and when you run the jig along your rip guide, the blade will cut straight alone the diagonal.

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        Jesse
        November 11, 2015 at 11:13 pm

        So, after you cut the second diagonal on the other two pieces, the the third and fourth triangle are quite a bit narrower than the first two, correct? And do you pair a wide and a narrow triangle together?

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      Jesse
      November 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      So, after you cut the diagonal cut the second time, it’s quite a bit narrower than the first triangle, correct? Do you pair together a wide and a narrow one?

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        Shara, Chasing A Dream
        November 12, 2015 at 6:28 am

        Actually all four triangles should be exactly the same size. Did you make adjustments to the table saw between pieces?

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        Jesse
        November 12, 2015 at 9:35 am

        I must be missing something then. If you cut the full 1×8 diagonally in half, then you recut half of it to get the angles right, it is going to get narrower. Do you recut the first ones down to the size of the second ones?

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          Shara, Chasing A Dream
          November 12, 2015 at 10:43 am

          They should be the same size. Try to look at the pictures in the post…this is hard to explain with just words. I’m sorry, I probably should have taken even more pictures during the process. You run your full 1×8 board through and cut it at 45 degrees along the diagonal. In the pictures, the piece on the side with the rip fence is the good piece, so take the other piece and flip it over and run it through the same way. DO NOT adjust the rip fence or the angle. It should end up the exact same size as the first diagonal you cut. Think of it this way: with the blade at 45 degrees, you are basically cutting a wedge out of the diagonal. So if you laid both pieces out like they were before you cut them, one side would touch on the diagonal and the other side would have a wedge cut out. Does that make any more sense?

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        Jesse
        November 12, 2015 at 3:45 pm

        No, I’m still struggling with this. If you cut the first diagonal, then flip that second half over and cut it without moving anything, you wont get a nice 45 degree angle. I’ll be able to make it work, but the photos and description aren’t adding up somehow. Thanks for your help. I really like the finished product.

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        David
        November 12, 2015 at 6:34 pm

        The issue is that you’re trying to cut the entire 1×8. Shara cut two 2 foot pieces off of the 8 foot board. She then cut THOSE two foot pieces diagonally from one corner to the next

  5. Reply
    Prudence Canfield
    October 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Just a few things…
    #1. I totally “get” your sense of humor. It’s like talking to myself, which I often do.
    #2. Do you have a PINK compressor, and if so, WOW!
    #3. And probably most importantly, I love, love, love your table design. Best part is if one table top gets wonky, you can just flip “er over, win-win!
    Great work!!!
    Prudence Canfield
    PruVisions

    1. Reply
      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      October 11, 2015 at 6:05 am

      Thank you so much! And my compressor is actually yellow…I’m not a big fan of pink haha. I do appreciate you taking the time to read and I hope you enjoyed it.

  6. Reply
    kim
    October 10, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    love the design and complexity but simplicity of your piece, but please please tie back your hair when working with power tools.

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      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      October 11, 2015 at 6:07 am

      Thank you!

  7. Reply
    Linda Thomas
    October 12, 2015 at 7:10 am

    what kind of stain did you use and the color. I loved the table it is different but cute.

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      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      October 12, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Thank you. I used Minwax Provincial on this one.

  8. Reply
    Tom Clarke
    December 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Loved this project and thanks to Miss Allen, my high school trigonometry teacher I had no problem figuring out the angles.

  9. Reply
    Reggie Cole
    December 21, 2015 at 8:45 am

    This is a nice project. Could you please share the link to instruction. Also how did you make the jig you used.

    1. Reply
      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      December 21, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Hi Reggie, thanks for you comment! Actually, these are the instructions. I believe everything you need can be found in this post. And as far as how the jig is made, you basically need to cut a notch in a piece of scrap wood so that a diagonal line on the 1×8 (or whatever size piece of lumber you are using) leg piece is parallel with the straight edge of the scrap wood. The easiest way I do this is draw the diagonal on the leg piece and lay it on the scrap wood so the diagonal is parallel with one straight edge of the scrap. Trace around the leg piece onto the scrap and cut that notch out.

  10. Reply
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  11. Reply
    Zografia
    January 14, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Who cares about the dust bunnies when there is this beauty there? Great work!

    1. Reply
      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      January 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Thank you! I agree…I ignore the bunnies as long as possible 🙂

  12. Reply
    diggerjack
    February 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Hello Sarah

    Very nice project

    Your cutting jig is a good idea

    I will try to make one for me in the future

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Reply
      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      February 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you! Glad you liked it!

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    Luis
    March 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Gracias, hermoso proyecto ¡imposible no solicitar su permiso para hacer una mesa igual!!!!

  15. Reply
    Ha
    March 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    I’m stuck on how to cut the ends of the legs for the top and bottom can you elaborate maybe more pics if you have any thanks

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      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      March 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      I’m sorry the picture in the post is the only picture I have of this part of the project. Try to copy what I did in that picture and it should work.

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        Ha
        March 20, 2016 at 10:02 am

        Trying to cut the top and bottom of the table but it’s not lining up on both ends. Are they the same size? What am I doing wrong? I want to complete this twisted table. Please help…I need some guidance. Thanks.

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          Shara, Chasing A Dream
          March 21, 2016 at 8:37 am

          Yes they should be the same size. I cut one piece by setting both legs on the board and lining up the edges. I marked where to cut and cut that piece. I nailed it on, then flipped it over and set the legs on the board again, marked, and then cut the other side. They both should be about the same size, but I didn’t measure exactly, just marked and cut. Also, they should be pretty close to square, not a rectangle.

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    Trevor
    March 16, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    That is really cool! How did you make the jig you made from the scrap wood?

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      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      March 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      If you look in earlier comments, I give details on how to make the jig. Hope that helps!

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    Ha
    March 18, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I’m trying to cut the top and bottom for the table but for some reason they don’t square up at one of the ends . Are the top and bottom same size?

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      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      March 21, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Yes the top and bottom pieces should be the same size, or VERY close to the same size.

  18. Reply
    idan peretz
    June 1, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Crazy, so beautifull !!! thank’s for the plans i’m going to do it !!! send love & gratitude from israel 🙂

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      Shara, Chasing A Dream
      June 7, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thank you!! Good Luck!

  19. Reply
    Theresa
    July 7, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I would really like to try this it would look great on my porch. I don’t have a 1 x 8 here. I will read it and look at the pictures again before I cut anything.

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      Shara, Woodshop Diaries
      July 8, 2016 at 9:20 am

      So glad you liked the project!! If you build one for yourself, I would love to know how it turns out!

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    Paula
    July 21, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I love this project and want to make a few of these to go on my deck. The angles make my head swim but my hubby will have no trouble with them and together I think we can knock a few of these out in no time.

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      Shara, Woodshop Diaries
      July 21, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Awesome! So glad you liked the project!

  22. Reply
    Leon Le
    October 5, 2016 at 10:38 am

    So cool 🙂

  23. Reply
    Jay
    October 10, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    What is the final height of this table?

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      Shara, Woodshop Diaries
      October 11, 2016 at 7:03 am

      I believe the final height of my table was about 22″.

  24. Reply
    Tom everhart
    November 6, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    My saw tilts to the right…will this make a difference?i guess I would keep piece that is not on jig.

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      Shara, Woodshop Diaries
      November 7, 2016 at 8:12 am

      I believe that would make sense…keep the one that isn’t on the jig.

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