Small tables are great skill-building projects. You can pack a lot of joinery and techniques into a very confined space while using a small amount of material. The Tilt-Top Table is a great example of this as it contains a turned post, sliding dovetails, curved and tapered legs, an elliptical top, and a classic shop-made tilt mechanism.
While this video summarizes the entire build, I have a lot more footage available for folks who actually want to build the project. In the Guild, this project is represented by 12 videos with over 4 hours of HD video footage. Of course we also have a detailed project plan and SketchUp diagrams for you as well. Get access to the full project series here.
Tools & Materials
- Pre-milled wood kits will be made available!
- Jointer, Planer, Tablesaw, Bandsaw
- Miter Saw, Drill, Router
- Lathe (for a turned post)
- Die Grinder and Rasps (for a sculpted post)
- Cutting an ellipse
- Turning a table post
- Creating a “Poor Man’s Lathe” router jig
- Routing sliding dovetails
- Cutting curved/tapered legs
- Designing a tilt mechanism
- Carving an alternative spiral post