Straightforward design with a refined flair
Synopsis: A small table is a perfect project to demystify tapered and splayed legs and add them to your skills as a designer and craftsperson. Garrett Hack takes you through building a pattern and ascertaining your splay angles. He uses a dado set to cut the mortises and shows how a tablesaw makes fast work of angled tenon shoulders. Finishing off with cockbeads and a beveled top, he shows how to build a beautiful piece of furniture.
Few furniture legs are as elegant as square, tapered ones. Splay those same legs, and your table will have a personality quite out of the ordinary. This small table is a perfect project for you to demystify tapered and splayed legs and add them to your skills as a designer and craftsperson.
I took a simplified approach to both hand and machine work. I used a pattern to lay out and build the…