So I am going to try to build some furniture to sell when I don’t have cabinets to build. This is my first attempt at designing furniture. I would like to get some input on a couple aspects of this coffee table, if you guys don’t mind.
I will be making matching end tables too, but I haven’t drawn them yet. I drew this on Google Sketchup. The plan is to make them out of Oak, and finish with black lacquer. I want the Oak grain to really stand out, and I think the lacquer will really keep the texture I want.
I feel like the design is a mix of modern and arts and crafts.
My wife wasn’t thrilled with the lack of thru tenons on both sides of the corner posts for the bottom shelf. I kind of like the minimal look of the first design but after I worked up these other options, I’m not sure anymore.
The first is just to remove the thru tenons from the end of the table so they are only on the long sides:
One other thing I wanted to get some opinion on is the top:
As you can see, the legs and the boards that run from leg to leg are all chamfered. The rest of the top is therefore lower then the perimeter by about 1/8”. I know this will come down to opinion mostly, but does this design element work, or will it just be too much of a dust catcher?
Thanks for any input you guys might have!