Oak Coffee Table with Drawer

  • Advertise with us
Project by rdwile posted 09-01-2013 10:06 AM 2633 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This coffee table was a request from my wife for my MIL, after many weeks of looking for a table that met her “complex” requirements, I simply ask “How long does this go on before I just make it?” Apparently that point was reached!

The table is Oak with a Minwax Early American stain, finished with Minwax wiping satin varnish. I normally avoid staining, but this was necessary to match existing pieces.

I spent considerable time looking at designs that provided the key requirement which was a drawer. Cutting an opening in the skirt creates a weak point and I needed help on how to overcome it. After perusing the net, I turned to old school technology and actually looked in a book; not just any book, but a classic which I have had for 25 years – Thomas Moser’s Measured Shop Drawings for American Furniture, published in 1985. The design and drawings in this book were enough for me to do the build; a rather ingenious design with a false skirt screwed to the back of the front skirt with a continuous piece which goes under the drawer lip tying it together across the front. There are also rails which serve as drawer guides mortised into the back skirt and screwed to the false skirt in the front. All skirts are tenoned into the legs, making a very solid piece.

The table is 16”wx41”lx17”h.

I hope she likes it.

Thanks for looking.

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

8 comments so far

View aussiedave's profile


3114 posts in 2789 days

#1 posted 09-01-2013 11:39 AM

Very nice coffee table Richard, you did a great job. The joinery and craftsmanship is excellent…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

View CL810's profile


4090 posts in 3953 days

#2 posted 09-01-2013 01:45 PM

Very well done! The finish came out very nice.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 3257 days

#3 posted 09-01-2013 07:58 PM

Very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View joseph000's profile


346 posts in 2991 days

#4 posted 09-02-2013 09:38 AM

That’s really nice.The presence of a coffee table in your living room will complete its set-up.With the simple addition of a coffee table with drawers you will not only spruce up your room, but you will succeed in providing yourself with a place to store your children’s books and toys.

View rdwile's profile


167 posts in 3076 days

#5 posted 09-02-2013 10:11 AM

Thanks guys for the compliments, this was a nice little break from carving Maloof furniture for me – back to my dining set.

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

View DocSavage45's profile


9028 posts in 3807 days

#6 posted 09-02-2013 03:03 PM

Your wife is your “Best” customer. LOL! Mine will be my first? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View dshute's profile


221 posts in 3651 days

#7 posted 09-03-2013 01:07 AM

Really like that build, looks great.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

View Fishinbo's profile


11362 posts in 3140 days

#8 posted 09-05-2013 02:01 PM

Great looking and well crafted coffee table! Like the simple design and great joinery. I’m sure the recipient will like it. Great job!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics