I built 2 of these back in 2014, and documented the process on my website. Unfortunately, my photo web site went out of business........so none of the photos show up anymore. As people ask me, I have been republishing web pages for projects they are interested in. I had a request to update this page..............so the update is below. Thanks!
I have a book which has reprints of 1909, 1910, and 1912 issues of Popular Mechanics magazine. This book has many Mission Style furniture patterns. I liked the looks of the Fern Table design and decided to make a pair.
Here is the original pattern from the book....
I converted the design into a Google Sketchup design......
Jig for Sawing Legs to 30 Inch Length
I used Behlen's grain filler on the 4 legs, the shelf, and the top. The steps I used were:
1. Mark all pieces for easy final assembly. Used steel stamp set to mark (A, B, C, D).
2. sand to 220 grit
4. Stir up Behlen's grain filler in the can using paint stirrer and slowest speed on drill press
5. Apply Behlen's using finger. Let dry for 10 minutes, then scrape across the grain with Behlen's plastic knife. Wipe across the grain with burlap from McMaster-Carr.
6. After grain filler dries, sand to 220 grit.
7. Re-stain the pieces
8. Three or 4 rounds of 220 grit sanding and polyurethane
It has now been 7 years since I built my 2 tables. There have been no issues on either table with respect to expansion and contraction. I think the little bit of clearance I allowed between the 4 corner posts and the top and shelf has allowed the table tops and shelves to expand and contract fine.