Hey guys: Need some advice on a hall table I’m building for a lady. The overall diminsions are 50”x 15”x 36”.
I’ve got all the parts cut to diminsion(it’s oak, by the way). The legs are mortised and tapered, and the front and back aprons are 5 1/2”wide x 47” long (same with the end aprons). She wants a drawer that’s about 20 ” wide and 3—3 1/2” deep. The drawer front will be flush or inset from the piece cut out to keep the grain pattern all matching. I’ve built several tables, but have never put a drawer in them. All have been solid aprons before. My questions are: (1) Do I need to rip the apron first and get the parts laid out, and put tenons on the two ends (tenons are 3/8’ x 5 1/2” x 1”(stub tenons), or (2) cut the tenons first, then rip the parts? All parts glued back together minus the drawer front. (3) Should the drawer slide on runners, or do I need to build sides(a box, if you will) for the drawer to fit in to set flush? These are crazy questions, I know, but any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks. Rick.
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