End table

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Project by Augur posted 02-21-2019 02:22 AM 956 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built 2 end tables because the ones I had were 30 years old and presswood construction. Wanted something to store, sort and have access to, other then stuffed in a box with doors. Made a slide out under the top to hold coffee, snacks and such while sitting. This saves the top for incidental clutter, that always winds up there. Makes cleanup (accidental spills, coffee rings) easier. Also slides out to be a writing table on lap. Made with select pine, finished with shellac shacks ruby, garnet and patina shellac. Then coated with polyurethane to protect the finish better.

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#1 posted 02-21-2019 04:16 AM

This looks great! Are the drawer slides attached to both the frame and panel? Just the frame? Or some other interior part I can’t see? I’d like to build a dresser with frame and panel sides but haven’t decided how to connect the drawer slides.

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#2 posted 02-21-2019 06:07 AM

I attached a wood rail from the front style, middle (1) panel and rear (2) with 1 1/4” pocket screws. The center and back holes were slightly elongated , horizontally, to allow for wood expansion. Being as I used poplar, the holes were made a little snug to prevent up and down movement. Being a softer wood and waxed screws, I am hoping for enough give to slide if needed. I thought of using pocket screws on both ends, but I left 1/8” clearance in back, for shrinkage. Thus they could be only attached on front, using pocket screws. For a dresser I would attach a board to the side on the back style, then pocket hole the front, and recess screw from back into the end to support heavier drawer loads, leaving a little gap in the back for side expansion. This would also add a space between drawer back and back panel to promote air circulation, to keep moisture in check. Trust me putting warm clothes in a drawer can create issues if poor air circulation.

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