Elegant project builds hand-tool and machine skills
Synopsis: This mahogany Federal tilt-top table is the perfect project for intermediate-level woodworkers. It’s neat and compact with only a few parts, and the construction uses both hand- and machine-tool techniques. The table’s center column is turned on a lathe; the legs are attached to the column with sliding dovetails. The slots for the sliding dovetails are cut using a router and a jig that orients and supports the column. The tapered legs are cut on the bandsaw and shaped with a spokeshave and card scraper. The article includes complete project plans and step-by-step photos.
As a woodworking instructor, I’m always looking for interesting and challenging projects to present in my classes. This Federal tilt-top tea table satisfies all of my criteria for an intermediate-level project: It’s neat and compact with only a few parts, and the construction introduces students to both machine- and handtool techniques. The bonus…
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CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.