My little boy loves robots. Someday he hopes to design robots for fight bots (he’s 6). For years his very favorite robot has been R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo if you’re hardcore). A couple of years ago I got this idea for an easy R2-D2 side table, it’s not a replica by any means, just a novelty side table. It ties in really well with his Star Wars fighter shelf and hyperspace wall.
R2-D2 Side Table
I’m still working on R2-D2’s head, which I’m planning on making a lamp.
Video of painting the details on R2-D2.
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How to Build a R2-D2 Side Table
- 1 – 2″ x 6″ x 8′ board (actual 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″)
- 1 – 1″ x 3″ x 6′ board (actual 3/4″ x 2 1/2″)
- 1 – sheet 3/4″ plywood (4′ x 8′) or 5 wood rounds (these are 17 3/4″ and should work fine, but a little smaller than what I did)
- 2 1/2″ screws (I like self tapping screws)*
- 1 1/4″ screws (I like self tapping screws)*
- wood glue*
- wood filler*
- Paint (This is what I used: Primer – Zinsser, Paint – Behr ultra pure white, MM Oyster metallic* paint, MM Silver metallic* paint, MM Sashay red* metallic paint, Valspar midnight sonata (lightened a little), Americana Decor relic.) Most of these paints I had left over from the hyperspace wall.
Download and print 19″ circle pattern (make sure the printer is set to 100%, not ‘fit to page’.) 2D R2D2-head pattern Line up the circle, tape together then cut out. Trace circles on the plywood and use a jig saw, scroll saw or band saw to cut out. (You can also use a router with a circle jig.) Sand the edges so they are smooth. When I’m painting plywood edges, I like to use my finger to make a skim coat of spackle to fill any voids. I let the spackle dry then lightly sand it. This will help give a nice smooth painted edge.
Download and print the leg pattern R2D2 leg-pattern. Line up the pattern, tape together and cut out. Trace 2 leg patterns onto the 2×6, you’ll need to trace 4 of the triangle bases separately. Use a jig saw, scroll saw or band saw to cut out the leg pieces. Drill pocket holes* in the base of the legs to attach the extended triangle pieces. Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach 2 triangles to the base of each leg. Use wood filler to fill and pocket holes, cracks or blemishes and allow to dry. Sand the legs smooth.
Cut 10 pieces of 1×3 at 1 1/4″ long. Drill pilot holes for the screws, 2 through the 3/4″ side and 2 through the 1 1/4″ side. Stagger the holes, so the screws won’t try and hit each other.
Attach the shelf supports to the legs. These are the measurements I used for the table, adjust as you’d like. If I were to build another one, I might try and make the top 3 shelves closer together??? Center each shelf support on the leg, and use wood glue and 2 1/2″ screws to secure on the leg.
(You may want to prime and paint the table before assembly.)
Find the center line of each round shelf. Here’s a quick tip for finding the centerline of a circle.
Turn the legs upside down, place the first shelf on the ground and use wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws to attach the shelf to the shelf supports.
Repeat for each shelf.
Remove any excess glue and you’re ready to paint.
I used a Home Right paint sprayer* to prime and paint the R2-D2 side table white. I wanted to give the white paint a slightly metallic look and had been give a small bottle of MM Oyster semi-opaque metallic paint at a conference, so I used that on top of the white. It did give the white a nice pearl finish, but may have turned it more yellow than I was hoping for. I would probably skip this step next time, although I do like the metallic finish.
Painted the legs using the leg pattern. Then added a few details on the front with these patterns Front stripes.