The wife has been longing for a new table, particularly since our youngest is going to be able to sit at the table properly soon. She wanted to buy one, but finances have prevented that. I decided a couple of months ago that I would build her one for Christmas. I then decided to tell her my intentions in order to figure out exactly what she wanted. On the plus, no guesswork. On the negative, I have to actually deliver my promise now. The clock is ticking!
Here are the things I know:
1) she wants it to be a farm table
2) she wants a hardwood top, not ply with a border
3) I want it to be knockdown construction
4) she wants to have the apron and legs painted white, the top finished (in a light color)
Otherwise, I'm not sure what materials I want to make it out of, or even how big it needs to be. Leaf, etc. I know the table needs to sit six normally 1-2-2-1, but I'd also like it to seat up to ten in a pinch. Eight might have to do.
If you've read my introduction thread you're familiar with the tools I have. I am unsure of how wide to make each board and which way I want to register them to each other. I have an okay biscuit joiner, pocket holes...I could conceivably do splines or dowels as well. I also don't have a jointer, and haven't done much with alternative methods.
I'm not going to spend the money right now on turned legs (and I can't turn them myself), so I was going to go with a square leg, with perhaps a taper. If you could help me get started I'd be most appreciative. I'd like to keep the budget low, but it doesn't have to scrape the bottom.