Using hand tools and the lathe, a master furniture builder takes the readers step-by-step through the process of building a tavern table. Beginning with raw lumber, they will learn the techniques of joining, mortise and tenon construction, turning, and finishing in authentic early American fashion. Following this basic guide, even a novice can build a table of which they will be proud. Each step is illustrated and line drawings are provided. Jim Rendi shares the techniques and skills of the colonial table maker and shares it with his readers. A gallery at the end of the book shares other styles of tables that use much the same methods.