You’ve heard the old joke: A thing can be built fast, good, or cheap — pick any two of these qualities. Well, I like fast, good, and cheap. With this table I wanted all three.
I wanted an enduring shape with tapered legs that would age gracefully, hold plenty of weight, and weigh no more than a decent wooden chair. Using inexpensive, off-the-rack materials from a big-box lumberyard, I wanted to load up with supplies after work and have the table done before dark. That gave me about 2 hours from first flying sawdust to cleanup.