Fine Woodworking's Gate-Leg Table Plan

Fine Woodworking's Gate-Leg Table Plan

by Chris Gochnour

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Fine Woodworking's Gate-Leg Table Plan by Chris Gochnour

This oval table is so versatile. It can sit against the wall and serve as a sideboard or serving table. Pulled out from the wall, it seats two, four, or six depending on how it is configured. The drop leaves and gate legs are not difficult to build. The base is standard construction: side aprons joined to the legs with mortise-and-tenons, and two stretchers at each end that create an opening for a drawer. The gate legs are part of a second apron on each side. The gate-leg apron has three parts, but at its heart are two pieces joined by a finger joint modified so that one half can swing open while the other half stays anchored to the table’s base.


45 7/8 in. wide by 57 in. long by 29 5/8 in. tall


  • Extensive full-size and scale drawings
  • Detailed cutlist
  • Step-by-step companion article

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631866920
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/28/2016
Pages: 2
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 13.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

A native Salt Laker, Chris Gochnour started his woodworking career in his grandpa’s basement, where he built custom skateboards to sell to local board shops. Gochnour eventually found himself living in London, where he developed a passion for woodworking and fine furniture design. After earning an English literature degree, he returned to woodworking and began building handcrafted furniture. That venture has turned into a 30-year career. He also teaches woodworking at Salt Lake Community College, Marc Adams School of Woodworking, and at guilds around the country as well as in his studio. Married with two children and a yellow Labrador, his favorite pastimes are skiing in the nearby Wasatch Mountains, cycling along a river parkway, and building and using custom long boards.

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