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.

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...

Center the grooves. The 3/4" x 3/4" grooves must be centered in the width of the post to make the fit (and the sanding) acceptable. A careful setup with a dado set makes this quick work.

Sam Maloof’s Sculpted-base Table

One of the earliest projects featured in Pacific Woodworker (the forebear to Popular Woodworking) was a table built by the legendary woodworker Sam Maloof. Here, you'll find step-by-step instruction for constructing the distinctive base.

Dock Chair Leg Patterns

In the June 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking, we printed the patterns for the front and rear legs of the "Dock Chair." Instead of asking you to enlarge these patterns on a photocopy machine, you can download the below full-size pattern, print it off of any printer, and get right to work.