This small console table was a commission from some existing clients who wanted a small piece of furniture as a feature in the corner of a large hallway. As usual budget was tight, so I had to mechanise as much as possible of the making process. We settled on Goncalo alves for the timber as it is relatively cheap but with time it develops a rich brown and orange colouration that looks very decorative.
So start by machining out the material for the leg sections. Unless the timber is extremely expensive I always cut a few spare pieces at this stage. It is so handy having a 'waste' piece to use for setting up the various cuts, and if you make a mistake with nothing in reserve, it is very difficult to return to the exact machine settings to make another piece. For what it costs in material, the reserve pieces are invaluable. Just wait until you cut two left hand pieces by mistake and are in a hurry to finish if you don't believe me!