Build a Hayrake Table
Timber-frame joinery is a real pleasure
Synopsis: The heart of this rustic table is its hayrake-shaped stretcher system inspired by English Arts and Crafts designer Sidney Barnsley. The quartersawn white oak project includes an array of mortise-and-tenon joints including through-tenons and wedged tenons. The curved and angled joinery of the hayrake looks complex, but the construction is broken down into a series of straightforward steps. Drawboring the hayrake joints also simplifies building, since you can glue them up without clamps. The edges of the project are eased with machine-cut chamfers that are fine-tuned by hand.
When it came time to make a new dining table, I knew I wanted it in the Arts and Crafts style, but I was also looking for a twist. For inspiration, I looked to the English countryside, the birthplace of the Arts and Crafts movement. What I found was a hayrake library table by Sidney Barnsley, one of the pioneers of…