I was able to figure it out. I was planning on doweling the sides on to the top after the frame was glued up, but i decided to dowel on one side to the top then i’ll just go from there.
Concerning the safety issues...Making it out of wood was what she insisted on. And it’s really only an issue if you leave the flame on when you place the cover back on top. And she’s “social” i guess, so she will mostly have it on during parties or whatever for extra counter space.
I'm sorry that many of us "seemed to" just grind on this in a negative way...BUT!!!
Tennessee Tim went and did what I wanted to avoid...(Good for him)...!!!...and gave you some "real world" life experience examples of this being a really bad idea.
Your common sense isn't in question, nor even of the young woman you are making this for...Not at all from my perspective.
The "common sense" and "ignorance I, and the other posters (correct me if I am wrong guy's!?) is that..."IDIOT"
...at one of her parties that doesn't have the common sense "God gave a Gopher!"
He/She's the one that will cause a fire that then burns a structure done...!!!
Tennessee Tim (and now me) are trying to really express examples of exactly what we have seen
in our lives from... things that can burn... being put on things that cause them to.
..It happens all the time and that's why this is really a bad idea...
Please make this by all mean...
...Please make it out of something that does not catch fire...Its not that difficult a change or fix...