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Blog entry by Tooch posted 04-01-2016 02:40 PM 2520 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am going to start construction of a new Dining Room table using plans from this book that I recently purchased.

I bought this book for my students to use hoping it would have lots of reference images and different projects to select from, and it does have a bunch of really nice plans. However, it is not really for beginner woodworkers because there are no step-by-step instructions for each of the projects. For example, here is the set of drawings that I’ll be using as a reference for my table:

These project plans are perfect for someone with a good knowledge base and some experience, but I would not recommend this for a novice or someone who has never attempted some of these operations before. for example, Draw-bored & Keyed tenons are a very complex process, and can be confusing the first few times you make them. For a novice I would suggest any of the Popular Woodworking books that are fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions.

Anyhow, back to the table. Luckily, I have lots of 8/4” Maple stock leftover from replacing the old work tables in our shop, and I plan to use that for the base/legs. For the top, I plan on using oak to match the rest of my house’s furniture. Because of the different species, I will be painting (I know, a sin…) the bottom black and leaving the top a natural color with poly finish.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 03:27 PM

I always enjoy seeing others techniques. Go for it sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-01-2016 03:38 PM

I built one similar to that, but with different end details. Looks like a fun project.
I have Mr. Lang’s book, and have enjoyed it as well. I like the simple and sturdy design of the 622.
Good luck with your upcoming build.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 04-02-2016 01:50 PM

I bought my first Bob Lang book at the Gamble House gift shop, signed. Since then, I have collected most of them. They’re great reference books, but are not the same as purchased plans with the step by step instructions. Ironically, I get in more trouble with step by step than just by figuring it out myself from exploded views. Bob has also drawn everything up in SketchUp for your tweaking pleasure. He also pops in on LJ’s once in a while too!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 01-23-2017 08:35 AM

I would also say that projects described in this book are not for newbies. I personally agree with this site that the following bench looks the easiest for a beginner.

Overall I must admit I was in a rave about this book after I bought it.

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#5 posted 07-10-2017 08:15 AM

Looks to be an improvement on Ted’s Rubbish !!

-- Regards Rob

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