Sellers Home Coffee Table: Episode 2

Coffee Table EP2 KF

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In this coffee table, Paul has included a semi-secret drawer that swings out from the apron, and when closed, is barely detectable. This is an optional extra, but the intrigue with functionality will make a nice addition without the extra work a full drawer would normally take. Paul did not want the drawer to be an obvious feature, but you can go either way by using a drawer knob if you want to. The process of hidden joint lines with the continuous grain running through all components brings them together. We hope you enjoy this episode!



  1. Malcolm Smith on 19 May 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Paul, you kept saying 39 3/8 but calculated half of 38 3/8. Anyway it’s 19 11/16 so “just over 19 5/8” is dead on.

    I’ve just recently done the console table drawer so another continuous grain drawer will help embed this technique..thanks. 🙂

  2. Paul Rowell on 19 May 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Is there a blog about the cross cut jig for the bandsaw?

  3. daniel_bohrer on 19 May 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you, it was very interesting to see how that continuous grain drawer front was made!

  4. chris54 on 19 May 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Morning here in Sydney Paul. Is there any reason you made the bevel cuts in the draw face parallel instead of opposing each other. Or just preference?
    Thanks ChrisB

    • Izzy Berger on 10 June 2021 at 9:33 am


      Paul says:
      Corner to corner with square faces to the ends the distance would be fractionally longer and disallow the hidden lines I was striving for in a closed drawer.


  5. Paul Rowell on 20 May 2021 at 7:15 am

    ChrisB, in the introductory episode it shows that the drawer is pivoted slightly offset from one corner, hence the need for the bevels to be parallel.

  6. Benoît Van Noten on 20 May 2021 at 9:03 am

    The bevel on the right act as a stop.
    The bevel on the left is not indispensable but it avoid light coming from behind when the drawer is closed. The light would reveal the gap.
    If the bevel on the left was opposing the one on the right, one could not swing the drawer.

  7. Benoît Van Noten on 20 May 2021 at 9:06 am

    Paul Rowell is right, there must be a bevel in the apron on the left side to allow the movement of the left side of the drawer.

  8. larryl49 on 21 May 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Hi enjoyed this video, looking forward to the next videos may be use the technique on other projects , ie small jewelry box.
    Many thanks Larry.

  9. peter marshall on 23 May 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Great video and loved the technique for creating a drawer in the apron . Any suggestions on how to maintain the tight tolerance if doing those long rip cuts with a handsaw ?

    • Izzy Berger on 28 July 2021 at 9:51 am


      Paul says: They should automatically be good and parallel and taking off shavings should maintain that parallelity. I had no problem in the two tables I made.


  10. chris54 on 26 May 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks guys for the answer on the draw bevels. Sorry it took so long to get back. Great feed back, thanks for that.

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