It took me about a month to turn a stack of white oak lumber into a finished kitchen table, working in my spare time. The size works perfectly for our kitchen space, and I am pleased with the finished product. Next come chairs. The chairs will be a decidedly different project, with more curves and angles. I will be using an arts and crafts style plan for the chairs, and will incorporate the square ebony caps with the pyramid tops into the design to help tie the set together.
The table came into the house in two pieces. The top was then attached to the base using small wooden “buttons” which have a tongue that fits into the upper frame supporting the top, and are then attached to the top with a screw. (The only screws in the table – everything else is wood to wood joinery.) This arrangement allows the table to be taken apart easily, and also allows the top and base to move independently of each other as they expand and contract from one season to another.