A Carpenter’s Table
Despite having worked at Fine Woodworking, I’m not much of a furniture builder. I appreciate well-made furniture, but building it is fussy work. I much prefer the rougher satisfactions of carpentry, where one can transform a patch of blue sky into the skeleton of a roof over the course of a day. As a carpenter, I’ve only stick-framed, joining wood together with nails and rarely working with lumber larger than a 2×12. I’ve always felt I’d been born a few hundred years too late, and that I should have been a carpenter when timber framing was how it was done (Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that’s a romantic notion and that I’d miss hot showers, antibiotics, civil rights, and modern dentistry…).
Timber framing requires skills beyond what a stick-framer like me has, and I think it would feed my soul in a way that other work does not. But I’ve never quite been able to finagle my way into a timber framing job, and unlike furniture building, timber framing is hardly convenient as a hobby. But Chris Quetico may have created the perfect compromise. Check out his hand-tool-only timber-frame table video. When I showed it to my co-worker Aaron, his comment was, “Damn. Every adjective going through my mind right now feels like an understatement.”
Finished table made entirely with hand tools.