Tables - Fine Woodworking How-To


Although there are innumerable uses for tables, they all share one thing in common: a surface, typically flat and horizontal, that may be used for working on or eating from. Beyond this there are probably more kinds of tables than there are types of any
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  • Tables & ChairsTables & Chairs

    by Fine Woodworking editors

    Online extras for our special issue covering 12 classic table and chair furniture projects you can build

  • Expanding Top for Any TableExpanding Top for Any Table

    by Tommy MacDonald

    Build a table with an expanding top that accommodates extra diners but doesn't compromise on elbow and leg room. Best of all, it can be adapted to almost any style ...

  • Expressive But Efficient: Dean Pulver's TablesExpressive But Efficient: Dean Pulver's Tables

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Arcs and odd angles abound in Dean Pulver's tables, but he has made dozens of them to the same design. See how he designs the bent laminations and uses different ...

  • Putting the Primal into Production: Dean PulverPutting the Primal into Production: Dean Pulver

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Dean Pulver combines the efficiency of machine work with the satisfaction of handwork to make his innovative tables. He got his production acumen from years of ...

  • Mother Nature Meets Her MatchMother Nature Meets Her Match

    by Jonathan Binzen

    When Greg Brown decided to build a live-edge table in tribute to his older brother, he stepped away from the stark, plain base design that is traditionally paired ...

  • Prevent Springback in Bent LaminationsQ & A: Prevent Springback in Bent Laminations

    by Adrian Ferrazzutti

  • Uncommon Arts & CraftsUncommon Arts & Crafts

    by Jonathan Binzen

    There is a wealth of amazing Arts and Crafts design to be found outside the mainstream—away from the well-known and much-heralded pieces by the likes of the Greene ...

  • Expanding Table Looks Great Open or ClosedExpanding Table Looks Great Open or Closed

    by Greg Brown

    This table expands and contracts with no compromise in appearance, strength, or utility. Greg Brown first tried the mechanics on a Chippendale design, but realized ...

  • Tips for Drawer Runners and KickersQ & A: Tips for Drawer Runners and Kickers

    by Christian Becksvoort

  • Better Way to Attach TabletopsBetter Way to Attach Tabletops

    by Andrew Hunter

    Andrew Hunter explains why he uses the sliding dovetail joint to secure tabletops to their bases. This construction method keeps a solid-board top flat and allows ...

  • The Drama UnfoldsThe Drama Unfolds

    by Anissa Kapsales

  • Creating an Attractive Tabletop, Part 3Creating an Attractive Tabletop, Part 3

    by Bob Van Dyke

    Part Three of Bob Van Dyke's series on creating a tabletop covers flattening, dimensioning, and smoothing. Follow along as he handplanes the surface smooth, cuts ...

  • The Rule Joint Done RightThe Rule Joint Done Right

    by Michael Zuba

    Most common on drop-leaf tables, the rule joint looks good open or closed, and it keeps the hinges hidden. When the table leaves are down and the joint is exposed, ...

  • Fresh Take on TabletopsFresh Take on Tabletops

    by Doug Stowe

    Doug Stowe has an innovative solution to the problem of wood movement on large, solid-wood tabletops. While using the traditional breadboard ends to keep the top ...

  • Attach Tabletops with Beveled CleatsVideo: Attach Tabletops with Beveled Cleats

    with Mario Rodriguez

    For a clean and Craftsman-like appearance start with a one-cut dovetail

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