Actually, as far as my friend is concerned, it's a very cheap table.
I'm building this table for a friend for just the cost of materials.
Woodworking for me is a hobby (an expensive, time-consuming hobby, but
still a hobby). My friend needs a table. He realizes that I could
build him a table out of oak or something for about $100-$150 in
material and he would end up with a table that's worth about
$500-$1,000. Or, he could spend about $800 in material (for Wenge) and
get a table that's worth about $6,000-$8,000! It's a win-win situation
-- I want to build a table out of exotic wood, but don't want to pay
for the material and don't need a table; he wants a table made out of
exotic wood but doesn't want to pay the price of one. =-)
I know that it's a toxic wood (they use it in Africa to stun fish, or
something like that), so I will be wearing a good dust mask (the one I
would use when spraying lacquer; with the two intake filter canisters
and an exhaust in the front). I already got a small splinter from
handling a small piece of Wenge on one of my sample projects, so I
learned to wear workgloves when handling it -- especially when still
Here are a few more questions:
- Would you use biscuits to edge join the planks for the top?
- Does anyone have any good designs for attaching removable legs?
The table design is very simple -- solid plank top, edge-joined; four
squared post legs, tappered at the bottom; a 3" skirt with a lower lip.
The top will be attached to a frame using screws in elongated holes
(for wood expansion). The frame will be made up of four 3" planks laid
out in a rectangle slightly smaller than the skirt. The planks will
connect to each other using half-lap joints (since the planks are laid
flat). The skirt will be butt joined onto the frame. Where the legs
will go, there will be a thick diagonal cross brace joining the
adjacent skirts. The legs will have a diagonal notch at the top, so
that it will look like the Superman diamond if you were looking
straight down on the leg. The legs will be attached by two bolts going
through the diagonal cross brace and into the notched side of each leg.
For this design, should I do some sort of tennon to join the diagonal
cross brace to the skirt, or would pocket screws and some glue be
enough? Should I use some of that gorilla glue, or is regular wood
Thanks for your responses so far! Keep them coming!
(A novice woodworker, taking on bigger projects)