This information has been reprinted from a 1912 Popular Mechanics publication titled Mission Furniture And How To Make It. The accompanying illustration shows another style of a mission table. With prepared lumber this table will require only the work of making the joints and putting them together.
The simple design of this end table allows you to easily modify the size and create a table with maybe a different purpose, but an equally attractive appearance. If you take a look at the drawing, you will see that all I did was make the square footprint of the table slightly larger. Instead of two vertical slats between the rails the table now has three. All of the joinery and construction techniques stay exactly the same. This alternate design option is available to download in this Online Extra.
I offer these simple dimensioned drawings of some of my projects free of charge.
Waste not want not is the theme for this side table project. The pallets I used to build my other projects yielded unused 4 inch x 4 inch boards. I also had a fair amount of warped boards that were not usable. This table is my way of addressing those issues. I managed to use up four of the 4 inch x 4 inch boards on the legs and the top is made up of warped boards doubled up on each other.
This side table is a replica of a friends table. It seemed like a great project to build. I had a lot of fun building it, and I learned a thing or two.
This Parsons table is an icon of modern design that you can build in a weekend.
Enjoy the satisfaction of building your own replica of a classic Mission-style table.
When you see this tip top table for the first time, it is hard to know where to focus your attention. Between the figured veneer of the top, the graceful curves of the legs, and the six-sided column, there are plenty of things to catch your eye. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
A simple design with no-nonsense mortise and tenon joinery makes this table an irresistible project. You say you have never tried to cut a mortise and tenon joint before? Well this attractive Craftsman-style table might be a great place to start. Like most Craftsman-style pieces, this table sticks to the basics. It is mostly just straight lines and straightforward joinery. Mortise and tenon joinery is one of the cornerstones of woodworking. And once you get a good feel for it, you are well on your way to building this classic little table.
The beauty of this Arts-and-Crafts end table design is in the details.