Oak Coffee Table with Drawer

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Project by rdwile posted 361 days ago 1220 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table was a request from my wife for my MIL, after many weeks of looking for a table that met her “complex” requirements, I simply ask “How long does this go on before I just make it?” Apparently that point was reached!

The table is Oak with a Minwax Early American stain, finished with Minwax wiping satin varnish. I normally avoid staining, but this was necessary to match existing pieces.

I spent considerable time looking at designs that provided the key requirement which was a drawer. Cutting an opening in the skirt creates a weak point and I needed help on how to overcome it. After perusing the net, I turned to old school technology and actually looked in a book; not just any book, but a classic which I have had for 25 years – Thomas Moser’s Measured Shop Drawings for American Furniture, published in 1985. The design and drawings in this book were enough for me to do the build; a rather ingenious design with a false skirt screwed to the back of the front skirt with a continuous piece which goes under the drawer lip tying it together across the front. There are also rails which serve as drawer guides mortised into the back skirt and screwed to the false skirt in the front. All skirts are tenoned into the legs, making a very solid piece.

The table is 16”wx41”lx17”h.

I hope she likes it.

Thanks for looking.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#1 posted 361 days ago

Very nice coffee table Richard, you did a great job. The joinery and craftsmanship is excellent…well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#2 posted 361 days ago

Very well done! The finish came out very nice.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#3 posted 361 days ago

Very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 360 days ago

That’s really nice.The presence of a coffee table in your living room will complete its set-up.With the simple addition of a coffee table with drawers you will not only spruce up your room, but you will succeed in providing yourself with a place to store your children’s books and toys.

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#5 posted 360 days ago

Thanks guys for the compliments, this was a nice little break from carving Maloof furniture for me – back to my dining set.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#6 posted 360 days ago

Your wife is your “Best” customer. LOL! Mine will be my first? LOL!

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#7 posted 360 days ago

Really like that build, looks great.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#8 posted 357 days ago

Great looking and well crafted coffee table! Like the simple design and great joinery. I’m sure the recipient will like it. Great job!

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