Colonial, and Queen Anne Dining Tables shows woodworkers how to make a wide variety of tables to suit any taste. The projects, described and illustrated in a variety of styles and detail, include cutting lists and measured drawings. Over 100 color photos and 85 black-and-white illustrations are featured. Projects in a variety of styles -- including Country, Shaker, Colonial, and Queen Anne -- are offered.
Author Kim Charles Graves
If you need to construct a dining table you would be hard pressed to require a design or construction technique not found in this book.
The introduction covers design criteria specific to dining tables: space required per person, height requirements, and seating arrangements.
The first chapter covers a basic kitchen table using mortise and teno joinery with solid wood. The author then moves through a variety of designs including trestle, circular, queen anne, expanding, and "boat shaped" (i.e. conference) tables, among others. The vineyard table is quite unique.
In addition to the designs a variety of construction and decorative techniques are presented. Mortising machines are discussed side-by-side with mortising chisels. Veneering is in three chapters and curved and circular work comes up in several chapters.
Most of the ideas can be adapted to other types of tables, and the discussion on veneering alone is worthwhile to almost any project. I found it one of the better guides to basic veneering techniques. This book would be suitable for entry level woodworkers as well as experienced ones looking for fresh design ideas and inspiration. Highly recommended.