Kitchen Table

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Contemporary comfort for a compact room

By Paul Anthony

Overall dimensions: 30"w × 48"l × 30"h

We were long overdue to replace our sad, old kitchen table, so my wife and I discussed our options. The new table needed to suit the size of the small room, and it had to be comfortable with a bit of style. It didn’t need to be expandable, as we have a dining room to accommodate groups. I also wanted it to be relatively quick and easy to build so we wouldn’t be waiting weeks for it. From those parameters emerged this design. This cherry table seats four comfortably, and part of that comfort stems from the top’s wide beveled edges, which provide a perfectly angled bed for resting forearms. For styling, I hand-planed an offset radius onto the two outer faces of each leg and routed a bead along the lower edge of the aprons. As for the construction, the strong, simple mortise-and-tenon joinery is easy to make and destined to last for generations. And you’ll find hand-planing the legs to be a breeze, especially with the use of a simple cardboard template.

Kitchen Table

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