Well, after several months of talking about it in previous podcasts, I’ve finally started the first project for the podcast. We needed a side table for our family room, so I designed the one I’m going to build in this series. It’s a porringer top tea table, based on several different 18th century examples that I’ve seen, but scaled down to fit its intended use in our family room better. I think this should be a fun project that will be simple enough for beginners to tackle but challenging enough for more advanced folks to take a stab at as well, especially if you unplug as much as possible and try to do as much as you can with your hand tools (I’ll be doing the whole thing by hand of course).
In Part 1, I discuss the design and how I came up with it so that you can use the proporitons to scale the piece to your own space should you choose to do so. I’ve put together and attached a few pages of design notes, and a suggested tool list, that you might find useful to download and print out before watching the episode.
It may be helpful to follow along with the notes and proportioned drawings for clarity. The episode turned out to be a little longer than I really would have preferred, but the proportioned design is important to understand so I didn’t want to leave too much to the imagination.
I hope some of you will decide to build along with me. I think it will be fun! Enjoy!