When I moved into my house, the previous owner left some scrap oak in the garage. I held onto it for quite a while, not knowing what I was going to make. Eventually, a project came up. I needed a side table next to my sofa.
I wanted a simple table with shaker style legs. I liked the cloud lift that’s popular in Greene & Green Furniture, so I’d mimic that in the aprons. The table top would be solid wood with a 45 degree chamfer on the bottom to give it a visual lightness.
I had some folding TV trays that seemed to be just the right size. So I took the dimensions from that. I had enough wood to glue up the table top with enough left over for the aprons. I went to the big box store and bought some 1×2 boards, which I glued up to create the table legs. I tapered the legs at the table saw.
Unfortunately, the aprons aren’t wide enough to accommodate the cloud lift design, so I only did 1 level. It looks nice, but certainly not reminiscent of Greene & Greene. I used the scroll saw to cut those out and a spindle sander to finesse the curve. I also used a round over bit on the aprons. To attach everything, I used pocket screws. To attach the top, I used figure 8 table top fasteners I ordered online. I finished everything with a polycrylic.
It was a simple project, but I really liked how it turned out.
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