Dining Tables: Outstanding Projects from America's Best Craftsmen

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by: Kim Carleton Graves, Masha Zager

Topics include: backer veneer, desktop fasteners, tabletop halves, expansion slides, turn the tabletop upside, interim pattern, tabletop fasteners, table halves, quartersawn figure, pedestal sections, remove the mill marks, tabletop boards, seasonal wood movement, reverse diamond, bottom veneer, miter points, pedestal assembly, tenon jig, floating tenon, urea resin glue, your miter gauge, flatsawn lumber, leveling blocks, torsion box, cut the tabletop

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Just what you need if your going to build a dining table: Dining room tables are different in complexity than smaller tables, so its apropos that Taunton chose to put these tables in a separate book from their Tables book. I have both, and have built projects out of both. The Dining Table book deals has a nice layout and design section in the beginning where it describes the minimum and ideal dimensions for tables built for certain numbers of people. The book contains a nice selections of projects, including a trestle table (pictured on the front cover), a shaker style kitchen table (which I built), various expandable tables, and a boat table constructed using a torsion box. I would also recommend reading the Tables book by Taunton, as it has a dining room table designed by Frank Klausz which is awesome.

Everything I Expected, and More! I bought this book looking for a design I could use for a dining room table. What I found was not only a design that I loved, but clear step-by-step instructions, drawings, and great photographs. The section on table building basics which covers table size and clearance, wood movement, and torsion box construction was extremely informative.

Interesting and versatile designs: I am an amateur wood worker, recently retired to the mountains from the music business in Los Angeles, so I was looking for interesting projects. This book is perfect for challenging my skills and tweaking my learning curve. I am currently building the boat shaped pedestal table, but modifying it by making it smaller by 3/4 and taller by 9". It will be used as an altar in a contemporary worship service (in the round) for my former church in No. Hollywood CA. The book's instructions and ideas are very easy to follow, my only problem has been refiguring the compound angles in the pedestal due to my modifications. The illustrations and layout diagrams are first rate. Thanks to the author Kim Graves for a most enjoyable read.

All types of tables and techniques: I've purchased numerous woodworking books and found this one of the more useful. The photos are excellent and coupled with the text and tips are close to looking over the craftsman's shoulder as he completes each technique. The book covers a wide range of table styles and techniques. It is useful to the range of woodworkers from beginner to advanced. Basic operations such as jointing, gluing, mortising are covered as are pattern cutting and veneering. Design, dimension, structural considerations and material selection are discussed in detail. The several chapters are veneering are especially helpful. The table projects themselves range from a basic kitchen table to Queen Anne to torsion box veneered conference tables to veneered circular table. The book is helpful for some one designing a table and uncertain of the size, design or materials to use. Some good general shop and tool information is also available on K. Carleton Graves web site.

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