What You Need for This Project
Glue Skins to the Cabinet
Apply wood glue to the outer sides of the cabinet.
Attach the unfinished cabinet skins to the outer sides of the wall cabinet using wood glue. Allow to dry. Place bricks or other heavy objects on top to hold panels in position until glue sets, approximately 30 minutes.
Glue & Attach Corner Blocks
Cut paint-grade 1/2 inch-thick plywood to 30 x 30 in., and attach to back of cabinet with wood glue and finishing nails. This adds support for balance to the cabinet.
Turn cabinet upside down, and glue four corner blocks, cut from a 1 x 6, to fill the lip and to create a base for casters.
Drill the Umbrella Hole
To find centre of cabinet top, place an "X" from corner to corner. Drill a 1 1/2 in.-diameter hole.
Note: Umbrellas poles may vary in diameter, so check yours, and drill holes accordingly.
To find the centre of the tabletop, place it on top of the cabinet. With your measuring tape, balance the space at an equal distance, and trace the rectangle onto the tabletop. Use the "X" method again to find the approximate centre of the tabletop. Drill hole in tabletop.
Attach the Casters
Drill pilot holes in corner blocks through cabinet base for casters. Using 1 3/4 in. galvanized carriage bolts, affix casters to cabinet base from the outside. Secure casters with locker washers and hex nuts on the inside.
Prime, Paint & Seal
- Prime all pieces of the cabinet and tabletop.
- Paint the tabletop and cabinet inside and out. Let dry completely.
- Using 2 1/2 in, wood screws, attach the tabletop from the inside of the cabinet.
- Add painted decorative touches to the front of cabinet and tabletop as you wish. Your choice of umbrella may help you determine what to paint.
- Apply a clear polyurethane sealer to the whole piece to protect the finish.
- Spray paint two wooden knobs and the hooks; attach to cabinet when dry.
Balance the Umbrella
Attach the Pole & Anchor
Attach a pole anchor to inside base of the cabinet to hold umbrella in place. Poles and pole anchors vary in size, so check your umbrella. Place two 20- to 40-pound bags of sand in the bottom of cabinet for stability.
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