It has been a while since I created a new woodworking plan. I have found building things to be more fun than building project plans, but I am getting the itch. I actually have an Arts and Crafts bookcase plan (see a peek at it here) about three fourth of the way completed, but I think it is too complex. I have learned that if I am having a hard time explaining how the project goes together, the reader will experience even greater trouble understanding the process.
Enter the side table shown above. Where as my last plan was becoming too complicated, this plan is designed to be simple to build, but takes the beginning woodworker to the next level. The table is built with dowels as the primary method of joinery and therefore no expensive domino tool or other such device is needed. The dowels can be located using a common drill and an inexpensive dowelling jig. And I have designed the legs so that dowels will be easy to implement. The drawer runners and kicker are installed using nails and glue.
See the detailed illustrations below…
The table is shown in red oak; a hardwood that is easy to find at most home centers already surfaced on four sides, further making construction easy.
I hope to have the plan completed in the next couple of weeks and add it to my collection available at Sawtooth Ideas.
Then, I am thinking about re-working an existing bookcase plan, adding additional options in size and design elements among other things.
My goal is to continue with simple project plans and watch their sales trends with hopes of figuring out what is best suited for online plan sales. I also continue to look for ways to create plans faster while still maintaining a high level of detail – something hard too.