STEP 1. Have a good look at Kilgraney's woodyard.
I decided on the South African Karri to make my table.
STEP 2. Easy on the electric planer
STEP 3. Fine smoothing needed
STEP 4. All planed apart from ends which don't fit in the planer!!!!
STEP 5. Using a circular saw I cut the timber to length by doing two cuts
and no chainsaw. After using the circular saw I sanded the ends with a portable
STEP 6. Started getting a bit technical and clamped top together with sash
clamps. I nailed on a 3mm MDF rectangle with panel pins as a guide for the
router. I routed 10mm deep leaving a interference fit for the legs.
STEP 7. NO GLUE just weight needed to hold it all in place. Gap left to allow
for any movement in wood.
STEP 8. Finished product with all edges and sharp corners taken off with router
STEP 9. Everybody who comes round loves it so make one!!! All for under £100
and a bad back making it!
Hope this is of interest to you.
Many thanks for the step by step photos. Really useful, and great encouragement
for others to have a go themselves. You've created a simple yet beautiful
table which seems to look both traditional & contemporary, and would grace
an old farmhouse, as well as a hi-tech modern house. Careful with the back
next time !