Nesting Tables

Marc Spagnuolo

Years ago, Nicole (Marc's wife) came home with a crappy set of nesting tables from Home Goods. The design inspired Marc to build a reimagined set of tables that feature an Asian influence and proper joinery. These tables will work as occasional tables, plant stands, or simply used as weapons to crush the old crappy tables into pieces.

Large Table: 16"L x 14"W x 21 1/4"H

Small Table: 12 1/2"L x 11 3/4"W x 18 1/4"H

  • 10 lessons
  • 140 min
  • $50.00

We have templates available for this project including the leg and rail shapes. You can purchase those here while supplies last. 

This project shows the construction of two circular ring sizes. You can make these any number of ways but the two ways shown in the video series will be using the lathe and using a routing template. Circle Routing Templates are available here. 

What will I receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • PDF files for printable paper patterns. Hard templates are also available for purchase.
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What will I learn?

  • Riftsawn grain selection.
  • Segmented rings with the lathe and router table.
  • Mortise with a hollow chisel mortiser.
  • Tenons at the table saw.
  • Cutting and refining curves.
  • Refinement with edge treatments.
  • Finishing with Rubio Monocoat.

What will I need?

  • 4 BF of 4/4 White Oak
  • 5 BF of 8/4 White Oak
  • 4 BF of 4/4 Walnut
  • 3 BF of 8/4 Walnut
  • Dado Stack (for tenons)
  • Large format pattern bit such as the Whiteside Ultimate Spiral Pattern Bit – Only if making the rings with the router table and templates
  • Tools: Jointer, Planer, Router, Table saw, Miter Saw, Bandsaw with 9″ resaw capacity, Lathe or Router Table (for making the rings).
  • Hollow Chisel Mortiser for the mortises. A router may also be used.

About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.