Here’s another practice version of a “Real Asian Style” table. I tried to use traditional Chinese joinery (or at least what I think would be traditional Chinese joinery). Design is as simple as I could possible think of, not waisted as it really should be, no moldings.
Material are a few 2×4’s that probably don’t quite have the right proportions. At this stage for me it is really about learning the joinery so I did not bother preparing the stock.
I got this done much faster than the previous version, that took me 2 years I believe (to be honest I get to dabble with wood an hour or two on the weekends).
What can I say, it did not turn out that well…
The main learning form the previous version was the order in which to cut mortises and miters.
The next think I need to learn is how to make this miters nice and tight. Any great ideas appreciated. Maybe I need to do some major investment in high-end tools but probably it’s as simple as cutting exactly to the line.
The “final” table:
Few detailed views:
In short, I think I’ll end up with a few more practice pieces before I’ll tackle indoors furniture.
-- Chris Scholz, Arlington, TX, www.Galoot-Tools.com