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06-11-2016 05:46 PM

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Hi folks

SWMBO would like a small desk with just a top and shelf underneath where others would have put a drawer.

I had previously made these nightstands ( without the drawer and with just a single shelf, and she likes them a lot.

For the desk, the shelf should be enclosed on sides and back. So I would use the same scheme as in the plans linked above—long mortises in the legs and a panel sharing the mortise between tenoned apron and stretcher.

I need a way to attach the shelf so that it is part of the overall enclosure under the table top. A glued up panel seems like a bad idea here because the shelf will be trapped on three sides by the stretcher and so prone to expansion problems.

What sort of design could work in this situation?

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#1 posted 06-11-2016 06:46 PM

Someone on here once post a project where they used leather to suspend a shelf or drawer under a table top!

It looked really good.

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