Nesting Tables

Build one or build all three. Either way, these tables with their hand-fit dovetail joinery are sure to stand out in a crowd.

Big dovetails. That’s what first gets noticed on these nesting tables. After all, there’s really not much to the tables. Each table is made from three boards — two sides and a top. Although they are an unusual shape, you’ll notice that only the top is tapered slightly. This taper lets them nest together neatly. But what makes the tables really stand out is how you join the three boards. Because these dovetails are big, we decided to use a new technique for making them. This band saw technique makes cutting them much simpler. And with just two sides to join, there’s not a lot of work involved either. Once you’ve cut and fit one set of dovetails, you’ll find that making more goes a lot quicker. So if you’ve never tackled dovetails before, this is the project for you.



What You Get:

  • 6 pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 29 full-color exploded views, photos and illustrations
  • Shop-tested tips and techniques
  • Materials list and cutting diagram
  • Retail sources for hardware and supplies

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