Does he want the layout in a radial pattern? Like the spokes of a wheel?
You could do that with quarter sawn white oak, but the wood wastage might
be significant. Or maybe not.
A four foot diameter table top would need two foot long pieces of qswo. Say
five inches wide - cut diagonal join the two pieces together and you'd end
up with a triangle ten inches on the base by two feet high. Not too much
waste. Repeat, dowel them all together and then cut the circle.
I can find no modern furniture that is as well designed and emotionally
satisfying as that made by the Arts and Crafts movement in the early years
May want to take a look at www.dougstowe.com for some ideas and get his book
"Making Elegant Custom Tables" http://www.dougstowe.com/book/book3.htm
There are some great design ideas in there along with how to do it and
things to avoid - and why. Doug used to participate here a lot in the past
and always was willing to answer questions. Ping him at his site, order the
book directly from him and I'd bet he would also give you the information
you're looking for.
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