|Project by Mark Gipson||posted 05-23-2013 11:52 AM||805 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
My first project from rough wood. The design was based from a couple of different plans for the 603 table. I used loose tenon joinery and stub tenons on the upper cross members. Had a lot of fun and really enjoyed using my new Makita planer.
I’m also interested in peoples opinion on beech and it’s use in furniture. It doesn’t seem very popular and rumoured to have problems with excessive movement. Apart from the foolish mistake of making a round table top without a disc sander I had no problems with the wood. I bought beech because the price was reasonable and the rough boards were beautiful, straight, clear and with perhaps 1% or 2% waste on each board. Is beech a good choice? Here in Thailand my choices are fairly limited, mainly due to the high price of the local hardwoods such as teak and the quality of imports. White oak (not quarter sawn) is reasonably priced but I haven’t seen the quality of the boards yet, would that be a better choice?