Step two in my exploration of staked furniture. Nothing too daring, just a slightly larger version of the staked stand with a drawer thrown in for good measure. While the staked stand was built mostly ad hoc, I put a little more thought and effort into the design of this next iteration.
In the ADB (The Anarchist’s Design Book), CS (Christopher Schwarz) recommends building scale models of these pieces with wire legs. The idea being that the wire legs can be easily manipulated to find a pleasing arrangement of rake and splay. The ultimate goal being to find the resultant (combined) angle of the rake and splay as well as the sight line on which that resultant can be found. For it is the resultant angle that will guide the drilling of the leg mortises.
I have no doubt that CS recommended method works and works well. Especially if you are having difficulty wrapping your mind around the whole concept. However, I prefer to draft out my projects and am most comfortable with that approach. Admittedly, CS model approach is probably far more accessible for most people though.
Below is my design for this simple little table. The proportions for this piece are based around my head height/hand span which I outlined in a previous post. All said and done I will have a table that is ~555mm(22″) in height, ~666mm(26″) wide and ~444mm(17.5″) deep. This should be a good general size for, well, a side table. I plan to install the drawer on runners that are incorporated into the sides of the drawers. I’ve not attempted this before, but it should be pretty straight forward to accomplish and I’ll have more details on that along the way.
It is shaping up to be yet another busy week with basically no shop time. I do hope get a real start on this project over the upcoming weekend though. Fingers crossed!
PDF version: STAKED SIDE TABLE-000
Greg Merritt Part 2