Make a Table from a Board
Stylish side table is a great lesson in getting the most out of your lumber
Synopsis: There’s more to making a beautiful piece of furniture than choosing a good design. As much effort needs to go into choosing the right wood, and using it successfully. This table project is a primer for these skills. All the parts come from a single board. This not only ensures economy, but also guarantees you’ll have a good color match throughout the piece. And by cutting parts from strategic locations in the board, you’ll end up with the pleasing grain patterns in all the right places. Along the way, you’ll get great lessons in resawing and rough-milling stock. Also included: a contemporary transformation of the classic cabriole leg.
You put a lot of effort into building a project—from creating gap-free joints to meticulously prepping surfaces and spending hours finishing. But all that work is compromised if the piece ends up with mismatched boards and chaotic grain. To avoid these hazards, you need to put as much effort into choosing and milling your lumber as you do into designing the piece. The two go hand in hand.
This small table is a simple project that lets you focus on using wood successfully and efficiently. All of the parts can be had from a single board. The focus, though, is not just on economy. By getting all of the parts from one board, you’ll ensure a great color match throughout the piece. And by cutting parts from strategic locations in the board, you’ll end up with the pleasing grain patterns in all the right places. Along the way, you’ll get great lessons in resawing and rough-milling stock. These concepts will work with any piece you make, from chests of drawers to cabinets.
Pick the right board
For this table, you’ll need a flatsawn…