One-Drawer Table

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Make a solid table with a few basic tools.

By Matthew Teague

Overall dimensions: 441⁄2"w × 221⁄2"d × 30"h

This one-drawer table is a basic design that I’ve built many times over the years. Its small footprint and straightforward design make it flexible for a wide variety of uses and locations. Similar tables have served as entry tables, kitchen workstations, and as accent tables in living or family rooms.

As far as a primer on basic joinery and construction techniques, few projects have as much to offer as a desk with a drawer. For beginning woodworkers (and to encourage more advanced woodworkers to hone their hand-tool skills), I’ve kept the use of heavy machinery to a minimum. For example, the mortises in the legs are first bored at the drill press and then cleaned up with chisels. I tapered the legs using a bandsaw and a hand plane. In a similar vein, the dovetailed drawer can be completed using only a few machines and hand tools see (“Build a Drawer That Fits” on page 61).

My design was inspired by similar Shaker and Federal tables, but I think the dark walnut and the deep bevel on the underside of the top create a more modern look. By using different woods and changing the edge profile on the top, you can adapt this project to complement the look of just about any room.


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