Rex Alexander adjusts a Craftsman table to reflect a lighter, more feminine air out of curly and birds-eye maple. He explains here how he bought the lumber by the log to allow for book-matching, how to make square spindles with round tenons, and how to make variations on Stickley themes, as he did. He used a subtop to keep the base from racking, and he includes details on how he finished the piece with oils, polyurethane, and beeswax. A detailed project plan shows how he reinforced the mortise-and-tenon construction with pins and screws. Side information addresses surfacing wood if you don’t have a jointer..

From Fine Woodworking #130