Mission style sofa table

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Project by Dusty posted 03-02-2007 07:14 PM 4650 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This simple mission style sofa table is easy to make yet functional.

It is built out of red oak and is 9 inches wide ( the top) by 38 long ( top) and is 32 tall.

The legs are 1 3/4 square. the side rails are 3 inches.

One slat is used you certainly can adjust to your own tastes and needs.

The lower shelf is attached using cleats.

I works well for both hidden and open applications next to a sofa.

It is mortise and tenon construction.

It is finished using the 12 step mission stain process.

It can be built and assembled in about a half day.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 03-02-2007 07:20 PM

and it is BEAUTIFUL.
Love the simplicity and the functionality.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 03-02-2007 07:51 PM

Very nice table Dusty. What method did you use to attach the top to the apron?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 03-02-2007 07:59 PM


On this sofa table top I used figure 8’s.

I was asked to test market a product from a local woodworking store.

I was experimenting with various ways of attaching the tops to different projects I had going on at the time.

It worked fine. Like anything there are pros and cons.

And of course little tricks you learn along the way.

-- Dusty

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#4 posted 03-02-2007 10:56 PM

Nice work Dusty, love the color. jockmike2

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 03-03-2007 12:40 AM

Another beautifully done table! Great work.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 03-03-2007 08:53 AM

Very well done Dust. Good job…

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#7 posted 03-04-2007 12:40 AM

OK, one half day – if you say so, Mate. But not in my shop. Time runs faster down-under and I would calculate this to take about four days in my shop. LOL

As for all of your work, Dusty, this is another “out of the box” as we say here. (That’s a compliment.)

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 03-04-2007 07:46 PM

Agreed Don. Time does not run that way in California either. Maybe Dusty lives in one of those time warps. No wonder he gets so much done so fast.

Again, great job Dusty.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 03-05-2007 03:25 AM

Nice table Dusty. My wife always places the sofa against the wall so I’d have to find a different use for a table like this.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 03-05-2007 03:48 AM



I have found many uses for this table. I use it as a free standing table under a custom mirror that I made to go with the table. I also have two sofas facing each other with one of the sofas up against the windows. I built a sofa table that goes behind the table and it works great.

-- Dusty

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#11 posted 03-05-2007 04:21 AM

This sofa table is really simple to make.

I’m very serious about this.

Besides lay out of the legs, cutting of the mortise and tenons is what is time consuming. If you set up and have all the rough cut pieces ready, to cut at the same time, this speeds up the project. It also minimizes the set up times. It looks much harder than it is, I can assure you its not.

There simply not that many pieces or parts.

The trick is to do accurate layout. Of course your mortise and tenons will fit only as well as their cut.

I have learned several short cuts that make this part of the project almost fool proof. That has really helped me in terms of moving the project to the next stage. I have quality control steps so I only need to do each step once.

When its time to dry fit there are no surprises. Every thing fits like a glove, and can be glued up and ready for finishing.

-- Dusty

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Joel Tille

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#12 posted 03-19-2007 04:43 PM

Nice table Dusty!! For me I would have to agree with the masses, at this point in my woodworking hobby that would not be a half day project. I need more practice with the tenons and mortises. But keep posting projects it will give inspiration for to try more.

-- Joel Tille

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