Frank M. Pittman researched designs for 10 years before building this gorgeous gate-leg card table. It has tapered legs and string inlay similar to Hepplewhite pieces. Pittman says the first thing is to make full-scale drawings of the table, because of the inlays and curved aprons. He explains how to make the legs, banding, and stringing, the inlays, and how to veneer the front and side aprons. The rear apron is made of three parts, which he details before talking about gluing up the base and attaching the top. He closes with tips on mounting the hinges and achieving a satin sheen. Detailed project plans illustrate the design.

From Fine Woodworking #86