I thought that I would pass along my attempt at adding a drawer to Paul’s basic table design. I have included a few pictures of my prototype of a simple bedside table made with Alder (inexpensive here in the Pacific Northwest only $30 total for this 14” by 26” table).
The design is from Paul’s sofa table modifying the front apron to accommodate the drawer. A 1/2” by7/8” support is dovetailed into the top of the front two legs. Next I added two sections of wood 1.5 inches wide, length to fit between the front and back legs glued to the side aprons. The thickness is made to fit flush with the table legs. This is where I attached the drawer hardware. I did not try to make an all wood frame like Paul does on his bedside project because the aprons are only 4” deep.
The drawer is a simple dovetail box with a 1/4″ oak plywood inserted in a grove 3/8” up from the bottom. Using metal drawer hardware allowed for a deeper drawer because the back does not need the additional length of drawer sides which act to prevent accidentally pulling the drawer out from the case. Note that the drawer depth cannot exceed about 2 3/4″ otherwise it will hit the turn buttons. Using common metal “Z” table fasteners would allow for a deeper drawer.
Attached to the front of the drawer box is a fitted face (glued) which is cut and planned to fit looking like the other aprons. The picture of the finished table is Watco Danish oil medium walnut then Shellac.
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