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  • #553705
    Waldo Nell
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    I am new to woodworking and would appreciate some advice on how to design a small side table (much like the one Paul did here https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/videos/make-table-project-info/), but the twist is I want to add two small drawers on opposite sides of the table.

    I understand how to make the table, and I know how to make a drawer. What I am uncomfortable with is how to modify the apron and what to add to make the drawer fit / slide in to the table? Clearly I need to cut either a rectangular hole in the apron or design the apron as 4 strips so that the drawer will fit? How do I best do that? And what do I need to do to receive the drawer underneath the table?

    Any pointers would be much appreciated.

    #553706
    Craig
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    Waldo,
    This is from a library table I built for my daughter some years ago:

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    SW Pennsylvania

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    #553709
    Waldo Nell
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    That helps a lot – thanks! One question – do you normally cut a square in the apron or make the apron from separate small strips to allow for the drawer to fit? What is best practise? I cannot see from the drawing.

    #553719
    Craig
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    Waldo,
    This table apron has two drawers side by side with a separating piece between the drawers.
    And so is constructed from a single piece (to preserve the grain flow)which is divided into five pieces and glued back together. Your apron would be four pieces, two end blocks separated by the drawer width and capped with a top and bottom rail. If you wanted a full width drawer you would only need a top and bottom rail. I think, but could be wrong, that this is pretty standard practice.
    Paul cut the drawer opening in his workbench. For a workbench, especially after being constructed, that is the only option. You have no such limitation.
    Also you might watch a video that I think would be instructive as well as entertaining.
    Do a Google search for “Un Trabajo Feliz”. It’s all hand tool building of a table by a very accomplished Spanish woodworker.
    Best,
    Craig

    SW Pennsylvania

    #553735
    Waldo Nell
    Participant

    I viewed that video – it gave me some pointers, thanks again.

    #553736
    Craig
    Participant

    Waldo,
    You’re welcome.
    Please post a picture of your table.
    We all love pics.
    Craig

    SW Pennsylvania

    #553737
    Waldo Nell
    Participant

    Will do. I am actually a bit bold as I am going to be making a chess table. I watched Paul’s chessboard video so that will definitely help. Will post pictures…

    #575738
    Waldo Nell
    Participant

    It has been a while as making a chess table by hand tools if you are not Paul Sellers seems to take a lot of time 🙂

    Thanks for all the help – it guided me to make these drawers work well.

    Chess Table - Maple

    Chess Table - Wenge

    Chess Table Drawer

    Chess Table Top View

    #575793
    Sven-Olof Jansson
    Participant

    Absolutely stunning!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Cambridge, MA

    #575874
    ted clawton
    Participant

    Incredibly beautiful, time well spent! I’m new too, so I could guess but I might be wrong — would you mind sharing which woods and finish you used?

    Thanks, and congratulations.

    #575893
    Waldo Nell
    Participant

    Thanks for the kind words. It is Wenge and Birds Eye Maple. I finished with Shellac (clear) and paste wax for buffing.

    #575896
    Waldo Nell
    Participant

    Here is the drawer…

    Drawer Compartments

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