When it comes to woodworking projects, I don’t like the highly detailed, carved, or turned items. I tend to lean toward the simplistic design. In fact, this is the case with my overall style whether I am building the item or not. For others, they can’t get enough appliques or detailed carving.
When I have a choice, in terms of furniture style, I lead toward shaker or mission. Less mission than in my past, but I am still a fan.
If you are a fan of these styles, and a woodworker, you are in luck. They are often considered the easiest to build. In fact that is not entirely true. A clean line forces you to have very tight tolerances and minor mistakes will jump out at you with a “clean” look. Have you ever done a 7″ through mortise? Have you made an inlaid door that had about 1/32″ inch tolerance?
Enough about that. The plan below is a fantastic example of a modern style that some love. It is versatile and works in many design schemes. It is the “Parson’s Table“. This plan is from Popular Mechanics and provides a design with a solid leg rather than a boxed leg or a “fake” leg with a simple 90 degree butt. Click on the image for the free Parson’s table plan.
One great aspect of this plan is that it can be upscaled. Simply use dimensions that work for you and you can have a side table, end table, dining table, or desk.
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PDF Version: Parsons table plans