Finally, I found an old round table unceremoniously dumped on it's back on the curb ready for the garbage truck. I saw it as as I drove past but it took considerable courage and bravado to go up and wrench the legs off. Yesterday I located my trusty hacksaw (don't know where the jack saw is and broke my last jigsaw blade cutting down a lemon tree!) and cut the lower section off so that the legs are just below the height of the bed. It was nice and easy to cut using an indentation as a guide.These little extra bits will get painted and should make nice candle stick holders.
Here they are dry in the kitchen sink drainer - where else does a girl do her woodwork but in the kitchen - much cosier than a cold, smelly shed!
To start with, I expected to use all four legs but hadn't realised that the top of the legs have been cut at an angle to make the original table sturdy. Anyway, when the first two were attached towards the front corners, I discovered that if leaned against a firm surface such as a wall the whole contraption stands firmly. I think it looks like a miniauture fire surround and mantel. A pity only the very top will show!It fits just perfectly and will help no end with sorting out all my bedside reading and study material.