Going Old School on Plans

img_0925Next week we have a hands-on class coming into the 360 WoodWorking shop to build a pier table. The sides of our table are as curvy as a pin-up model from the 60s. We could have laid up those sides using a stacked lamination, but that’s already being covered on the front apron. To focus on another technique, we decided to cut the parts from solid wood and work with angled tenons – someone coming in for a class should be shown more than one way to get the job done, right?

In order to get a good grip on the overall design, I drew the table out full scale; I went old-school on it. As you can see, the sides do undulate.


To nail down what length is required for the sides, I went to my “old-school” bag of tricks a second time. This time I cut a slot in a piece of paper that was 1-3/4″ wide, which is the thickness of our material selected for the table’s side aprons. By positioning it on the drawing, I can discover the length needed for the parts, and at what angle the tenons need to be cut.


If you want that information, and how we’ll transfer the angles to the workpiece, you’ll need to be in the class.

— Glen D. Huey

If you’re interested in a hands-on class later in 2016, or if you’d like to sign up for a 360 WoodWorking class in 2017, we’re about to release them to the public – our members were given first crack at the new listings. Go here to find out what we’re building next year. Classes open up to everyone on Friday, which is also the same day we cut loose a FREE issue for everyone to see.



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