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#1 posted 01-02-2007 07:48 AM

Why not make a small table – maybe a coffee table, sofa table, hall table, bedside table? Any of these will force you to gain the skill required to make a larger table.

You will need to learn how to do proper mortise and tenon joints, learn about wood expansion and how to allow for this in your table. You will need to consider the pros and cons of sheet construction compared to using solid timber. You will need to carefully determine what chairs will go with the table, and design sufficient room to accommodate these without crowding, i.e., not only the chairs but the people sitting in them. You will need to make decisions regarding the construction of the table vis-a-vis moving it into location. (Will it fit in the space available? Will it fit through the doors and around hallway corners?) You will need to make a decision concerning its finish. Is it a piece of furniture foremost, or is function more important? Can you design both into one table?

Have a look at this Australian self-taught woodworker. I love his work and even more when I realize that he became a skilled craftsman the hard way.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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