Fifteen-year-old builds table that goes on forever
Back at school, art lessons gave you the chance to surprise your parents with presents you made for their birthday or Christmas. But a teenager in the United States set his sights slightly higher than drawing pictures or cobbling together small gifts. Instead he designed and built an impressive table in his woodworking classes.
The table is made up of two separate parts. The upper part is the tabletop, which was at first a simple wooden frame. It's only in the last step that the two-way mirror is fitted; these mirrors are similar to the ones you see in interrogation rooms on TV cop shows.
The frame, which will later become the tabletop, is fitted with long lateral edges. These are much higher than the inner frame which has been fitted here to test it out. But this inner frame is not part of the tabletop; it'll instead be painted black and placed inside the lower part of the table.
On the underside of the lower part, square-shaped holes have been cut into the base panel at each corner using a saw. The table legs are then fitted into these holes.
Here's how the lower part of the table looks with the legs fitted. As you can see, the legs have already been treated. If you take a look at the corners, you'll notice that the table legs protrude from the base panel.
A hole and two channels have been cut in one of the legs for the wiring. The hole goes through the middle of the table leg, so that the power plug can be fed through. A corner on each table leg has also been cut away for the inner frame.
A normal mirror has been attached to the base panel on the lower part of the table; this mirror adjoins the inner frame, which has now been painted black.
Cables and connections required for LED lights have also been laid in the gap between the inner and outer frame on the lower part.
The LED lights have been attached to the inner frame using hot glue so that they're more secure.
When taking a look at the now complete lower part with the mirror, LED lights, and cables, you still wouldn't know what the table will look like and what effect it'll have as a finished product.
In the penultimate step, the upper part of the table is placed on top of the lower. However, there's still a gaping hole in the middle of it. To finish, we still need…
… the two-way mirror, which has been manufactured to size and fitted to the tabletop. At approximately $300, the two-way mirror was the most expensive item. The rest of the materials cost another $150.
When switched off, you see an average-looking table with a glass tabletop. But when the LED lights are lit up, you can truly appreciate the true genius behind its design.
The two-way mirror has been fitted with its reflective side facing downwards so that you can look into the table. The two-way mirror is then reflected in the other mirror and vice versa. You can achieve the same effect by holding a handheld mirror towards your bathroom mirror, for example.
It'll come as little surprise that the table's proud builder received top grades for his work; he's not looking to sell or give away the table as a gift though – it took over four long months for him to build the masterpiece.
Many other DIY gurus have used a similar mirror effect. Take a look for yourself:
The teenager has been posting images of his work and a "how to" guide under the alias Baumstaller on Imgur. Impressed by the young man's remarkable DIY skills, this marvelous woodwork class project has also attracted much praise from users on the site. Hats off to you, sir!