3 Important Furniture Making Tips You Can Learn from “How To Build a Table”
1. Form Follows Function. Everybody says this, but what does it mean? It’s simple. If you are building furniture, start by thinking about the final usage. If you want to build a table, that means to plan around how many people you want to seat at the table, and where those placements should be.
2. Go With the Flow. Wood moves with changes in humidity and temperature. On a big surface like a tabletop, it moves even more. Learn a few simple techniques to allow for this movement, and you’ll have a longer lasting product!
3. A Sound Base Structure. No matter what type of furniture you’re building, the base structure matters. What are aprons and stretchers good for, and how do you incorporate these strengthening elements into your design? Learn this important concept by downloading this PDF and building a great table.
How Tables Work
by Robert W. Lang
Bob Lang has not only been designing and building great furniture for years – he has also been at the forefront of teaching students how to look at furniture and how to build it themselves. In this article, you’ll see how Bob thinks about table design, how he drafts a design and how he starts the building process. Even if you’re an intermediate woodworker, you’ll learn a lot about the fundamentals of table joinery and structure!
Shaker Trestle Table
by Glen Huey
Shaker design goes with every style. And Shaker tables are known for being not only beautiful but also sturdy. In this plan, Glen walks you through every step in building a classic trestle table, including his signature finish, where he even shows you how to make furniture look distressed!