I didn't really get much done, but getting started on a new project is always fun. For this project, I have the perfect piece of leftover oak - the rest of a wide plank that I bought to make the staked desk.
|Here's a glimpse of my tiny shop. To plane a long board, I have to keep the door open and start the planing stroke in the hall!|
|photo courtesy 1stdibs.com|
|One jointed edge.|
With a jointed edge, I was able to accurately mark out the board lengths and cut them out.
|I always cut a wide board in the middle with a little regret.|
|Why can't I ever only work on one project at a time?|
|This is exciting because I get to use my panel gauge. I love using this thing.|
Planing, on the other hand, does take some calories.
|This is the table's top.|
The design of this table will evolve using my normal method, which isn't using a SketchUp model. I will finish the top, then build the base using the top's dimensions to guide the design. I envision my table being a little lower than the original in the photo, but I don't know exactly any of the dimensions yet. One reason being I have to buy some more lumber for the base. It will probably be oak or ash, whatever I can find with straight grain.
I still haven't made up my mind on the joinery, either. I am leaning toward the lap joints like the photo, and probably some double-wedged mortise and tenons that aren't in this photo (that I can see).
I also haven't decided on how to keep the panel flat. It will need some cross bracing, probably some sliding dovetails. It's also not to late to decide on breadboard ends. Or maybe my standby of screwed battens.