I have been taken to task recently by someone who complained that many of my projects involve using large amounts of expensive timber and therefore put them out of the reach of the home woodworker. Whilst I consider this criticism was perhaps a little unfair, it is true that I do always prefer working with hardwood and yes, by chance, several of the recent jobs have been on a larger scale.
However, not one to refuse a challenge, I decided to go down the budget route this month and see exactly what I could make without spending a fortune on materials. Purely by chance I had also been asked to make a small side table which was to be painted, so it seemed the ideal opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
This very basic design is copied from a book, drawn to illustrate that simple projects can have a certain elegance of their own. It comprises of four octagonal legs, four top cross rails and an intersecting cross brace near the bottom. The delicate but highly functional result is definitely a case of less is more, something I need to bear in mind for future work!