Table Front Advice

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by Litrenta posted 11-26-2015 03:55 PM 541 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Litrenta's profile


25 posts in 2324 days

11-26-2015 03:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question

Hey guys, I’m doing my first hall table and I’m a little held up because I’m not sure how I should proceed and figured I should ask for some advice.

The front of this table I would like to put a small drawer, however, I really don’t want to cut up the piece on the front by splitting it into a top rail. I don’t have a decent bandsaw so I feel like if I run the front through the table saw it’s going to throw off the nice grain I want to preserve on the front.

My thoughts were to just layout on the front where I want my drawer to be, drill through it, cut out the bulk of the waste with a jigsaw and then clean up the rest with chisels. I really tried to do my research but it seems like everyone ends up cutting up the front and then rebuilding it once the drawer opening is cut.

I just want to see what peoples opinions are on the matter.



2 replies so far

View WoodNSawdust's profile


1417 posts in 1379 days

#1 posted 11-26-2015 04:03 PM

You did not say if the table was glued together. This can affect which method is available for use.

If you can dissemble the table I would drill a very small pilot hole and then use my scroll saw to cut out the drawer opening and the drawer front. A scroll saw blade will produce a very thin kerf. This this method the drawer front has the same grain as the table front.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

View Litrenta's profile


25 posts in 2324 days

#2 posted 11-26-2015 04:13 PM

Sorry, the table isn’t glued together yet, it’s just held together with dowels right now. So I actually have another piece ready to go for the front as it’s not going to be an inset drawer, I will probably edge the drawer front with some walnut strips. Unfortunately I don’t have a scroll saw so I wouldn’t be able to do that method but that’s really great advice for the future if I do something along those lines. Thanks for the feedback.


Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics