Have Fun with Transforming Tables

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Put dowel joinery to work, and make a project that can serve as a stool, a bench, or a bookcase.

This Bauhaus-inspired, transforming table is my favorite example of elegant meets easy. It’s a nice weekend project for experienced woodworkers and a fun challenge for beginners, with a variety of skill-building lessons. A single table can also function as a stool or small workbench. But by stacking multiple units together, you can create an attractive set of shelves.

I designed the piece to match the width of the 1 × 12" pine boards available at home centers (actual width: 11-1/4"). Feel free to shorten the sides to make the table or stool a more comfortable height. And if you want to replace the dowel joints with dovetails or finger joints, or trade out the clear pine for hardwood, go for it. 

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