Conceptualizing the big picture.
Cut and position
Glue and secure firmly.
Secure with 6X4″ screw.
Repeat it for the two sides and form up.
After building the table top and fixed. Build level 2.
Fix 2 level into position.
Secure the inner holder then cut and position the vertical wood.
Build level 4 (Laptop base) and fix. Varnish it to perfection.
All screws are hidden.
Took this pix next to a cut-down tree because it’s symbolic.
The client instruction was “I want to put my legs through the coffee table the floor”. when I sit on Level 3 is for Laptop.
Joining individual wood strips one by one is very tedious and difficult. Because it’s not only taking too many times and it has lots of troubleshooting along the way. Unevenness, cracks, chip off and worst of all ‘hidden soft loosen wood falling off while sanding it. I think that’s the reason why carpenter doesn’t use this method for building cabinets. I like it because it has lots of character from different wood strips and especially from the ugly ones. Stupidity and angry moments can be very frustrating during difficulty arises. But satisfaction cannot be described in words after you completed what seems impossible… because I knew nothing about woodwork. Until I started accidentally and got to learn it along the way.