Free Plan: Arts and Crafts Library Table
When it comes to smart, sturdy construction, Eric Keil has a lot to share. Take this versatile oak table as an example; he streamlined the construction and paid close attention to the details. The design was adapted from various Stickley catalogs from the turn of the 20th century. The efficient construction is the perfect blend of traditional woodworking meeting innovative construction and modern technology.
Instead of the traditional approach—a double-tenoned stretcher below the drawer and a dovetailed top rail—Keil builds frames to go over and under the drawers, then simply attaches them to preassembled ends. Instead of cutting dozens of mortises and tenons for the framework, he biscuited them together and also used biscuits to attach the frames to each other and the end assemblies.
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He pays particular attention to grain, picking out the best boards for the top and laying up the legs so that quartersawn figure appears on all four sides. In the photo sequence below you can catch a glimpse of his technique, four mitered pieces get wrapped around a core.
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