This is my first attempt at making a design, the goal is a matched set of end tables for the living room, eventually a coffee table will be in the works. Sorry for the quality of the pictures, it is the best camera I have at the moment. The overall goal is to have a table that is light looking but far sturdier then the TV trays I’ve been using for the last 3 years. I’m thinking of using mahogany for the framework.
The top would be 19” square, I’ve considered 20” square to get more lip from the legs, would this look good or make the top too large in proportion to the height of 24 3/4”? The thickness would be 3/4” (1” better?) and starting 1 1/4” from the edge it would taper to 3/8” at the edge. The outer border of the top would be mahogany with perhaps an inlay on the inner edge of the mahogany and then a red center that would be 12 1/4 square. The idea of a central mosaic has also been bounced around.
The legs are 1.25” and 1/2” below the shelf would taper on the insides to 3/4”, I’d considered 1/2” or 5/8” but didn’t know if they would be too thin at the bottom.
The arch/apron is 1” wide (should it be 3/4” to match the top?) and starts 1 1/2” below the top and curves to the top in the center. I hadn’t considered its thickness, maybe 1/2”? Should it be screwed to the top in the center?
The shelf is 3/4 in thick and 1” wide so that the legs would still sit 1/4” proud of the shelf. I was thinking of having the shelf made into a grid pattern with 1” or 1 1/2” open squares between 3/4×3/4 cross pieces.
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