I am going to a woodworking class in April in Kentucky. I am a novice woodworker and I am getting nervous. I will be making a small table with a dovetail drawer. I have never made a table or a dovetail. I figured I better try here at home so I bought some poplar and have started a table. The glue up on the table top went well and I am having fun with the plane trying to make it nice and smooth. I hope there is some thickness to it when I am done. I discovered that I should have made the mortises in the legs before I tapered them. I will find out today when the tenons get finished if they line up straight. Kindlingmaker made me a nice jig for tapering the legs, but I discovered that there is a particular order to tapering. The first one worked fine just by luck, but the second one I did backwards and had to pick a different side to taper when the leg wouldn’t lay flat on the gig on the tapered side. I will be taking the class with Kelly Mehler. I hope he is a patient man. I will head out to the shop again this morning and see what else I can discover about woodworking.
-- -Willing to try