Dressy Display Table

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Dressy Display table

Many moons ago I made and installed three fireplace mantels with wide, utilitarian tops for one of my brothers. He loved the design, the finished look, and the craftsmanship, but most of all he was thrilled to have three broad surfaces to display all his ‘stuff.’ Here’s a design that does the same, and goes a few steps further. This side table makes an elegant statement in any foyer or hallway. It stores and displays your favorite collectibles inside, while the top presents a convenient surface to hold gloves, hats, keys, or other daily gear.

Strong, durable mortise-and-tenon construction connects the aprons to the legs, and a lower stretcher system prevents racking and rocking while letting you try your hand at router dovetail joinery. Paired doors swing open on easily installed, adjustable cup hinges that lower the doors slowly, and then hide from view. The rabbeted edges of the frames create an attractive shadow line, and provide a finger recess for lifting. As a bonus, adjustable dividers let you sort your cache in any number of configurations.

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