I am going to start construction of a new Dining Room table using plans from this book that I recently purchased.
I bought this book for my students to use hoping it would have lots of reference images and different projects to select from, and it does have a bunch of really nice plans. However, it is not really for beginner woodworkers because there are no step-by-step instructions for each of the projects. For example, here is the set of drawings that I’ll be using as a reference for my table:
These project plans are perfect for someone with a good knowledge base and some experience, but I would not recommend this for a novice or someone who has never attempted some of these operations before. for example, Draw-bored & Keyed tenons are a very complex process, and can be confusing the first few times you make them. For a novice I would suggest any of the Popular Woodworking books that are fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions.
Anyhow, back to the table. Luckily, I have lots of 8/4” Maple stock leftover from replacing the old work tables in our shop, and I plan to use that for the base/legs. For the top, I plan on using oak to match the rest of my house’s furniture. Because of the different species, I will be painting (I know, a sin…) the bottom black and leaving the top a natural color with poly finish.
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