Turned out pretty good if I do say so my self..
Started the drawer construction today. Did not realize the amount of work it would take to get it just right.
Seven hours and the things are still not done. I spent more time setting up the dado stack and stop blocks to get the cuts in the exact spot so there would be no major gaps and the protruding fingers would be 3/8th of an inch on both the front and the sides.
Well I have many options for designing this table. scratch it on a napkin, or free programs like sketch-up from google or draft it the old fashion way. My childhood experience in drafting in school will come in handy. But no drafting table, no good ruler, square or compass means a trip to staples.$50 bucks worth for a cheap partical board lap size table and a set of cheap drafting tools its time to get some Ideas.
I love the greene and greene style with the ebony splines and plugs, and I still plan on building the coffee table so I will be sticking with that style for this project. letting the coffee table from Darrell Peart guide me I decided to use the two stiles and square legs something simple with two drawers with box joints and the top will have the bread board sides and all will be adorned with ebony plugs and splines.
Back in the beginning
Luck was with me I had recently moved to a new rental home with a one car garage. While I can’t afford to buy all the tools I would need to start a wood shop, I still like to dream. While surfing the web I ran across a post on the Lie-Nelson Facebook page, for philadelphiawoodworks.com/ it’s a member based wood shop with all the tools that I could only dream of so I joined.
After the initial safety class, off to the wood store I went. $650 dollars later I was the proud owner of A pile of wood. My wood of choice was tru mahogany.
After hours of research and a lot of thought I desided to build a table based on a design from Darrell Peart furnituremaker.com/
The first thing I wanted to do was mill the wood for the Coffee table top. I picked the perfect boards 14 inches wide. So hear is the first problem the boards are two wide for the Jointer. that’s ok ill skip plane them on the 20 inch planer. Well let me tell ya that was a total disaster the board came out with bow in them, totally unusable for a top. All I can say is panic set in I started cutting and milling smaller width boards trying to find something I could live with. Wasted a lot of wood and was not happy at all with the outcome.
After a few days of looking at the mess I made of the $650 of beautiful mahogany I decided to make something smaller (an entry table) so off to the drawing board I went.