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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 12-28-2013 04:13 PM

Highland Woodworking has a nice simple chart.

The subject is more complex than a list. There is a book that—no exaggeration—is about 2.5” thick and it has not only the fixed dimensions (of everything!) but also access/egress numbers. Very helpful when you’re, say, building a table for a specific room, or something that goes in a corner.

Some comments: Mission is usually white oak, sometimes mahogany. Dark tones. The alder, natural, is going to look wan. Stained, it leans toward blotchy. This will be a lifetimeS piece, so my counsel is to make the stretch and get the appropriate wood. 6/4, net 1.25, will work for the top.

The equalizer hardware is the Right Stuff, and yes, it will be a simple screwgun exercise to remove the top from the base.

I would build the substructure with glue. A wobbly table is no credit to the builder.

The mission designs, in my experience, are kin to the craftsman era: truth in craftsmanship. I don’t think the diamonds would authentically have a second purpose.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"


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