Build a Harvest Table
A quick, satisfying project with simple lines and loose-tenon joinery
Synopsis: Gary Rogowski had a crowd coming for Thanksgiving and no table to seat them, so he put together a clean and simple tapered-leg harvest table quickly with loose-tenon joinery. Cutouts in the rail centers and contrasting dowels add a touch of elegance. He explains how to mortise the legs and rails and prepare the wood for a finish with a handplane, before glue-up. He also describes how he made and fitted the tenon stock: He glued it up in sections, finished the base, and pegged the tenons. He offers side information on making a taper jig. He made the tabletop out of poplar, beveling the edges and handplaning the top, finishing it with three coats of polyurethane. It’s a no-sand project, but chairs will have to wait.
I invited the entire family over for Thanksgiving dinner last year. Parents, siblings, spousal units, kidlings and significant others—all were welcome.…