Last summer I spent a week in Columbus, Ohio, with my best friend from high school. He was there for a conference. I was there to write the text for my story on building an 18th-century walnut Creole Table.
The article was intended for Woodworking Magazine, our sister publication, and so I was free to turn the verbosity knob up to 11. I wrote more than 5,300 words, which would make this a 10-page article , easy. When I got back to Cincinnati, it was obvious that this project would be better off in Popular Woodworking. So I trimmed the length of the story. I cut it again. Then again. By the time I was done, it was about one-third of its former size.
All the important data is in the published article, which appeared in the February 2007 issue, but when I stumbled on the original manuscript last week I was struck that some people building this table might want the full, unedited text. So here it is. Note that this is the raw construction information. There isn’t any introduction to ease you into it. It just begins. If you want to read even more (you glutton), check out my entries on this project on my blog at Woodworking Magazine.
The text is in Microsoft Word format, so it should be easy to open for most.