With the dowel holes cut and the tenons made, the transforming table is ready to assemble. This is the best part, where you get to see it all come together, and witness the almighty power of the simple wedge. You’ll get other tips for glue-ups too, and not just for this table.
Here’s the most important assembly tip of all: It’s always easier to separate glue-ups into stages. Otherwise you spread too much glue and give yourself too much to do in a hurry as the glue starts getting sticky and making things difficult.
In this case, the sides go on the big dowels first, with the top just dry-fit in place, and then you wait a few hours for the glue to set up. Then the top goes onto its many little dowels and you’re done.
There will be some cleanup and finishing left to do, but the table will already be plenty nice to start showing off and bragging about.
Here’s how make make assembly a cinch, with tips that will help on any project.