I submit my first project for your viewing(or not) pleasure. A few years back i built my kitchen cabinets and thought about an island,but the kitchen was too small. Finally figured out that i could make a 36” tall table for prepwork. There were no hard and fast plans or even sketches. We had a small rack of maple in the shop,so that became the top. My cabinets are maple with a small cherry quirkbead arond the doors and drawers, so i made the rest of the table with cherry. I would call my lumber dealer and have him pick out some wood and have my brother pick it up, as there is not decent material where i live. First was the 8/4 for the legs, that i was going to make straight. It was 36×8 and i decided to punt because i thought the square legs would be too spindly(structurally and asthetically). I ripped the board in half and then ripped those in half with a taper from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 for tapered faces and straight sides. Next were the aprons and i called the dealer and had him rip a 12 foot 4/4 board into 3- 4 footers “oh about 6 ” wide” to be able to fit into my brothers sedan. These were joined to the legs with sliding doveteils, so it left no room for error. The last trip over, brought me some 6/4 for the breadboards and stretchers. This was a 10 footer ripped into a 6 and 4 foot piece, and i was able to (barely) get all my material from the short piece working around a large knot.
My scrap pile on this project was essentiall nil and am probably most proud of that. My feet were held to the fire and there was no extra materil in the wood rack. Reading an backissue the other night, C. Schwartz stated we are the only critics we can trust, and family and even anonymous internet comments are candy coated. Please be candid on proportion, style, etc. One pic shows 2 different handles taped on for opinions also.
Sorry to be sooo wordy on my first post