Fast and Accurate Table Joinery
A Sheraton-style table comes together easily, thanks to an efficient approach
Synopsis: Steve Latta explains how to design a table so that it can be built with an efficient process that doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics. In this article he offers tips for planning and organizing milling tasks and for cutting accurate joinery. Included are methods for cutting mortise-and-tenon joints on the tablesaw with a shopmade jig and methods for putting together the dovetailed drawer.
When the hand, eye and brain fall in sync, something wonderful happens. I call it “hitting rhythm.” The ability to find that rhythm, however, is consciously developed over time. It begins with a combination of both instincts and careful planning that takes into consideration joinery, measurements, milling procedures and fine-tuning. If done correctly, no time is wasted remaking parts and refitting them. A piece of furniture properly planned from the start ends up precise and looks crisp.
I learned all of that the hard way. As an…