This table was made to be sturdy -- since it supports the
lathe. It incorporates half lapped dovetails on the legs, and full dovetails on
the table top support frame. The
top support for
the legs are simple glued half -lap joints - as they will mostly be under
compression. The angled half lap supports the leg and counters and twisting
Constructing a half lap is shown here --
half lap joint before
The bottom cross-member is not glued -- but has a mortise
and tenon joint with a peg to tighten the joint. It will shortly (eventually)
be the support for the "drawer box" which will house the tools and parts for
The table is large enough to accommodate the bed extension
for the lathe.
The leg assemblies and bottom cross member are removable to
facilitate moving the table.
On first use it proved to be vibration free and stable.
Lathe Drawers: The top drawer is plywood
with finger joints (box joints) and an Oak false front. The remaining Lathe
drawers are birch hardwood, plywood bottom panel and dovetail construction. A
front view of
the drawers showing the lathe with the bed extension providing a 39"