Mission Style "oops" End Table

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Project by Dusty posted 03-07-2007 09:09 PM 3073 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Mission style side table was made out of scrap left over from the coffee table and sofa tables that I made previously. ( also posted as a project here) I decided to build this small end table for areas where space was limited. Such as next to the sofa near a walk way as shown in the photo. It all works well next to a over sized chair. It can hold a small lamp or a cup or beverage.

It measures 10 inch x24 inch and is 23 inches tall. it is made our of red oak scrapes. The legs are 1 1/2 square and can either be made from 6/4 or two pieces of scrap glued up.

The top has a band( frame) around the perimeter. This can be made anyway you like.

All the joints are mortise and tenon and are glued.

The reason I call it the “oops” table is it looks like a mistake was made because usually end tables were larger than this. I purposely wanted mine smaller.

his project is very simple and can be built in less than half a day. Even if your buddies are over in your shop checking out your new tools and drinking all of your coffee.

It is finished with the 12 step mission process.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 03-07-2007 09:29 PM

First time I’ve ever seen a Mission Style table with only one slat in it. But the size is o.k.. A friend of mine (my pimp) want a magazine table narrower and shorter than the original, and that would make it about the same size as your “oops”

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#2 posted 03-07-2007 09:48 PM


Certainly you could add as many slats as you like or could fit in the narrow end pieces ( there only 6 inches wide). I used only one because I have a lot of other mission straight line simple furniture that this goes with. Also if i recall at the time I didn’t have much left over scrap from the coffee table. I do find it a very handy size and it fits in tight areas.

I always thought if I made this furniture for a living and had a area for a show room this would be one very handy “cute” in expensive piece I would have in stock because its made from all scrap pieces.

-- Dusty

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#3 posted 03-08-2007 01:07 AM

Always nice stuff Dusty. I like the size like a miniture sofa table.

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#4 posted 03-08-2007 03:19 AM

Very well done, as always. That’s the beauty of building your own furniture. You can build it the size you need it to be and you couldn’t find better quality at the furniture store.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 03-08-2007 10:47 AM


-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 07-12-2007 06:20 AM

Nce piece, I like the top. neat grain …

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 07-12-2007 02:40 PM

Dusty, Beautiful project! But, I have a couple of questions for you (if you would be so kind…)

  • What is the difference between “Mission” and “Arts and Crafts” style?
  • What is “the 12 step mission process.”

Thanks in advance,

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#8 posted 07-12-2007 02:58 PM <—>m sure Dusty has lots more information as well 12 step process is in comments

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 07-12-2007 04:36 PM

Nice that this popped up again. A beautiful table Dusty. I like the look of the table. You could increase the dimensions to make a hall table in the same style.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#10 posted 07-12-2007 05:25 PM

Debbie – thanks for the links ;^D

Bill – that’s a great idea! I was thinking that this would make a nice hall table too.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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