Sofa Table with Hidden Drawer

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Project by Derek Cohen posted 07-12-2017 01:10 PM 2248 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have just completed a sofa table build. It’s a little different from others I have seen insofar as the boat-shaped top has bow-front aprons, and the legs are curved and tapered. There is a hidden drawer on the left side of the table.

The base is Hard Maple (from the USA), and the top is West Australian Sheoak (similar looking to Lacewood).

The build is documented on my website:

Here is the Sheoak top. It is absolutely gorgeous … and will look even better ofter a couple more coats of Livos Wood Oil. The Hard Maple base is finished in 2 coats of unwaxed shellac (to add a touch of amber) and then 3 hand-rubbed coats of General Finishes water-based poly to retain the colour (to prevent the maple becoming yellow).

If you look carefully, you will see that the apron is bowed to match the curve of the top – as are the faces of the legs …

Here is a side elevation of the shaped ends …

The hidden drawer (made to look like a side apron) slides out this far (all details of construction are in the articles above). The drawer runs the full length of the carcase and has two further hidden compartments. The construction is dovetail and slip.

Regards from Perth


-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at

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#1 posted 07-12-2017 02:57 PM

Beautiful work Derek and I especially like the pleasing to the eye design.

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#2 posted 07-12-2017 03:18 PM

Really nice job Derek

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#3 posted 07-12-2017 04:45 PM

Excellent Derek. I especially like the design, very elegant.

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#4 posted 07-12-2017 05:25 PM

As always beautifull work, Derek. You set a standard both regarding design and execution.
Beautifull table with discrete details. A favorite!

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#5 posted 07-12-2017 06:57 PM

this table is just easy on the eyes with its sleek design.i love your choice of woods and that drawer is very clever, no one will ever know its there.great job on the joinery also,love it.

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#6 posted 07-12-2017 08:25 PM

Nice, subtle and well done!

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#7 posted 07-12-2017 08:43 PM

Very elegant design and well executed. I like it!

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#8 posted 07-12-2017 08:49 PM

Derek, great design and craftsmanship, as always! Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 07-12-2017 11:43 PM

Great design and execution!

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#11 posted 07-13-2017 04:36 AM

Impressive. The design was well thought out and the documentation you did was very thorough.

Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 07-13-2017 02:30 PM

Beautiful work, I do love she oak, and the contrasting colours match the jarrah floor

Thanks for sharing

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#13 posted 07-13-2017 02:42 PM

Thanks Hooky. Where about in Perth are you (I am in Rossmoyne).

This may interest you – I spent some months (on weekends) rebuilding our kitchen:

Regards from Perth


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#14 posted 07-13-2017 08:53 PM

Nice work!

-- Charlie

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