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Free Woodworking Plan: Small Dining Table

Shortly after my wife and I were married, I built this small dining table for the apartment we lived in. I know there has to be some really spacious apartments out there somewhere, but I suspect most apartments are like the one my wife and I rented: they’re compact. The kitchen was small and the adjacent dining area was sized in a similar way. A great benefit of being a woodworker is the ability to size a project to fit the available space in the best way possible. When we shopped for a permanent dining table, an agreeable and affordable option in the size we desired wasn’t available. So, I got my tape measure, some graph paper and drew the table you see above (I built this table about 1985, long before my first home computer and SketchUp). I always liked that dining table, so my new woodworking plan titled You Can Build an Apartment Dining Table shows how I built it. The illustrations have been slightly modified to show how I would make this …

My New Router Table is Finished

The end is in sight. With the completion of the router table top and the fence, I am down to the final items before I can call this project finished. My punch list contains these items… Complete the back Mount the router Install the power switch Enclose the router area Individually, these are minor steps in the project, but collectively, this is a lot to do. Lets get started. Complete the Back This step involves adding a clamp which will latch to the right wing of my table saw. I also need to plug the screw holes and paint the back. The illustration below shows the clamp setup… The clamp will have a spacer strip which is slightly thinner than the edge on the right wing of the table saw. The clamp board will be tightened against the inner edge of the right wing with some wing nuts as shown (click the images to enlarge)… With the top being adjustable (see this blog post for more on the top) I need something to reduce airflow …