As children grow and develop, it’s fun to give them a space that’s uniquely theirs, filled with items and furniture that reflect their personalities. For the little athlete in your life, it can be difficult to find furniture that suits their style yet is strong enough to work as hard as they do.
That’s why one of my favourite projects for children is the Grand Slam Table, made with baseball bat legs. It’s perfect for holding their belongings and works well as a bedside table, too. It is by far one of our most popular projects for kids, and its unique design and simple assembly reflect that.
What you’ll need
1. Cut the shelving into two (2) 16″ squares.
2. Mark a 16″ circle on one piece (measure to find the centre of the square, then tie a pencil and a small nail to the ends of a 8″ length of string to scribe a circle). Cut the circle with the jigsaw and use it as a template to make the second circle.
3. Glue and stack the two circles together, alternating the direction of the wood grain.
4. Drill eight (8) counter sunk holes around the circle, 2″ in from the edge, and fasten with screws (ensure they do not go through the opposite face).
5. Clean off excess glue with a damp cloth. Let dry.
6. Router the edges, then sand smooth and round.
7. Sand the handle of the bat to match the size of 2″ bit and then sand or cut the butt of handle to make it flat.
8. Divide the tabletop into three equal spaces for the leg placements.
9. Drill 2″ holes, 1″ deep, angled approximately 8 degrees away from the centre.
10. Dry fit to ensure the bat ends sit in the holes. Mix resin and fill holes 1⁄4″. Insert the bats and tape to maintain the correct position. Finish filling the holes and let the resin harden.
1. Paint the tabletop with Beauti-Tone Decorator White paint. Mark the stitching line lightly with a pencil, then paint using a fine tipped brush and red paint (shown Fort McMurray). Let dry.
2. Shadow the edges with Beauti-Tone Assiniboine paint. Using a soft brush or a soft, damp cloth, stipple the colour around edges, working towards the centre. Blot with a clean, soft, damp cloth to soften the effect. Continue until desired effect is achieved. Let dry.
3. Cover with the dark paste wax, let dry, and rub to achieve a soft, lustrous finish.
You now have a beautiful table for your little slugger! All you need to do is find the perfect spot to display it.