Tables & Chairs

Every woodworker worth his salt should be able to knock together a decent table and set of chairs. As with all woodworking projects, design needs to match function. That’s why we have assembled table plans of all sorts, from picnic tables, to dining tables, to coffee tables and the wood chairs you need to use them. No matter what your current need is, you’ll find inspiration here in designing your projects, and adding that all-important touch of beauty.

Another Blog, Another Bench

Now that Editor Christopher Schwarz is done with his latest bench build (you can read about it on his blog , and in the August issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, which mails in a couple weeks), it’s time to get started on another one. Now it’s my turn. Sure, it’s been less than a...

A Table for Every Occasion

The invention of the table is a great idea. The first person to realize that stuff could be put at their fingertips, rather than having to bend over to retrieve it, probably had a sore back and knew there had to be a better way. Also, sitting on the ground to eat was getting...

The lower stretchers tie into mortises cut in each of the four legs. I made the mortises 1/2" wide.

Wright Coffee Table

Arts & Crafts furniture builders offered a decent variety of pieces at the beginning of the 1900's, but coffee tables weren't on the list. But if Frank Lloyd Wright had given it a try, we think it might look like this.

Full-size Pattern for the Skansen Bench

Last week we offered free plans for the Skansen Bench I built for the April 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. If you didn’t hear about this, it’s likely because you don’t subscribe to our free weekly newsletter. You can correct that oversight here. In any case, this bench was tremendous fun to build....

I Can Do That: Trompe L’oeil Table

The tabletop on our for the I Can Do That project in our February 2010 issue, appeared a bit blasÃ?©. So to pep up the look, I thought inlay. Knowing I didn’t have the time to create, or the desire to purchase wood inlay, I turned to trompe l’oeil. Trompe l’oeil is French for...

White Water Meeting House Bench

This coming week I’m starting to build a pair of close reproductions of the White Water Shaker Meeting House benches. Earlier this summer I measured the original bench, which is in a building near the Meeting House. When I’m done with these reproductions, we’re donating the benches to the Friends of White Water Shaker...