Neat, Petite Nested Tables

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With a slide-in design adapted from an antique set, these small tables can be stored together to give your home three new movable surfaces without hogging floor space.

A small table is the type of project that every home needs, and nested tables are most useful while not taking up extra space. At a recent antique auction with my wife, I took note of a pretty little table set. What caught my eye was that the smaller tables were captured inside the larger ones using a series of dadoes that allows the entire set to be moved around as a unit. Although we weren’t able to buy it, I took notes on the construction and decided that our home needed such a set. My rendition is designed in a Sheraton style, but could easily be adapted to other styles to fit your décor.

The project is mahogany with a wenge gallery rail molding, and sturdy mortise-and-tenon joinery throughout. There is also a drawer in the smallest table, which will have hand-cut dovetails.

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