Coffee Table Puts Joinery on Display
Harmonious details will work in tables of many sizes
Synopsis: Arts and Craft style is noteworthy for taking joinery — the product of the craftsman’s hand — and elevating it to the level of artistic decoration. In this article, furniture maker Kevin Rodel shares design elements and technique for building a series of small tables that showcase four decorative joints: through tenons, gridwork, half-lap joints, and breadboard ends with ebony accents. Using a coffee table as an example, Rodel gives step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate these design elements in tables of almost any size.
Arts and Crafts style is noteworthy for taking joinery—the product of the craftsman’s hand—and elevating it to the level of artistic decoration. The basis of this table design is four decorative joints: through-tenons, gridwork, half-lap joints, and breadboard ends. These design elements will work beautifully together in tables of almost any size.
Although the project detailed here is a coffee table, the…
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