Arts and Crafts End Tables – Lumber!

I got a very pleasant surprise yesterday.  While I was working on sharpening a handsaw (more about that on Friday), my wife told me that our friends Kurt and Nancy (I got my lumber from Kurt) were running some errands in Columbus; and they were bringing over the lumber I’m going to use for the end tables.

At the moment, the lumber is sitting in my living room waiting to be brought to the basement.

Stack of quartersawn white oak

Lumber for the Arts and Crafts End Tables

Now that I have the lumber here, I should be able to start working on the tables in about a week and a half.

Next week, I’ll make a post about my plans for the next step of the project.  Stay tuned. . .

4 thoughts on “Arts and Crafts End Tables – Lumber!

  1. Shannon Rogers (@RenaissanceWW)

    Nice looking Oak Phil. Good luck with the project. There are a LOT of mortise and tenons in this project and that makes it a great starting hand tool project. You will grow to hate chopping mortises and sawing mortises but by the end you will have mastered an essential joint. Good choice and good luck.

    1. phlday Post author

      Thanks, Shannon! I’m really looking forward to using this oak. It’s probably 10 to 20 years old and all air dried. It should be joy to work with.

      As far as the mortises and tenons are concerned, I’m looking forward to 5/8″ deep 3/8″ mortises after chopping out all the mortises for my workbench. There were 16 of them that we’re 2 1/2″ deep, 1 1/4″ wide”, and 3 1/2″ long.

  2. Shirley Wheeler

    What pretty wood. How nice of Kurt and Nancy! How long does it take for wood to dry out so you can use it? And the older the wood does that make it better to work with?

    1. Phil Day Post author

      Hi Shirley! As far as drying time for lumber is concerned, the rule of thumb is that you want to let it dry one year for each inch in thickness of the board. That is for air dried lumber, which is easier to work with hand tools. Most lumber sold commercially is kiln dried, which can be done on weeks or days. The older the lumber, the more it has come into balance with the humidity levels in the air, which makes it less likely to cup, bow, or warp.


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