Build an Eye-Catching Octagonal Table
Drawing from his experience as a chairmaker, Elia Bizzarri made his one-of-a-kind table light, strong, and graceful.
Synopsis: This elegant side table has tapered, octagonal legs that are made from green wood, boiled on a stovetop, and bent using a basic form. The octagonal top is cut on the bandsaw and shaped by hand, and the entire structure is supported by a half-lap stretcher assembly. Bizzarri shows how to make the table using mostly hand tools.
I designed this table to be very accessible to build. Its structure is borrowed from the bottom half of a Windsor chair, but while Windsor chairmaking can seem to require a forester’s access to trees, turning skills to match Richard Raffan, and a laundry list of unusual tools, this table can be made from sawn lumber, doesn’t involve a lathe, and requires only a few specialized chairmaking tools.
Riving and shaving the parts
The table’s legs and stretchers are best made from ring-porous hardwoods like oak (used here), ash,…