Now that I’m done making picture frames for a while, it’s time to start my big spring/summer project. I have wanted some nice end tables for a while now, so over Thanksgiving, I wrapped up the design shown below. They have a slight Asian flare like some of my other pieces, and will be made from one of my favorite woods Jatoba. It’s very hard (2350 on the Janka scale) and thus really hard on tooling, but over time it turns a beautiful dark reddish-brown, and I think that more than makes up for shorter tool life.
I plan on pushing my woodworking limits on this project in a two ways. The first one is with the brawer/drawer front, I’m going to try and make it out of one board. I’m not sure if this method has a specific name, but it looks beautiful because the grain is continuous between the apron & drawer front. The second design challenge are the legs. They are heavily curved, and more importantly at a 45 degree angle to the aprons. I’m still not sure exactly how I’m going to make these, most likely i will need to use a fairly complicated jig.