Coffee Tables

Risom round coffee table

Risom Coffee Table

Editor’s note: The measured drawings for the Risom coffee table in this article by Michael Crow are similar to the shop drawings included in Crow’s new book, “Mid-Century Modern Furniture.” The book presents shop drawings and techniques for creating 29 projects designed by some of the era’s foremost designers, including Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, George...


Ralph S. Wilkes, 100 Years Young

Congratulations (and belated good wishes) to Ralph S. Wilkes, who in April celebrated his 100th birthday. Mr. Wilkes wrote for Popular Woodworking (and other woodworking magazines) in the mid-1990s, after retiring from Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y., where for 35 years he was a business manager and treasurer. He now lives in Canandaigua,...


Coffee Tables and Cats

I’ve been working on a coffee table build for what seems like years. Now that I’m in the closing stages, I went back to look at the first photos I took; that was in mid-October of last year. But I’m finally nearing the end of the project. The drawers are finished and fit; the...


Prairie-style Coffee Table

An anachronism in its time, this table now fits perfectly in our homes. By David Thiel Pages: 62-66 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Frank Lloyd Wright would probably be dismayed to see a coffee table built in his Prairie furniture style. In fact he and his fellow early 20th-century...

The lower stretchers tie into mortises cut in each of the four legs. I made the mortises 1/2" wide.

Wright Coffee Table

Arts & Crafts furniture builders offered a decent variety of pieces at the beginning of the 1900's, but coffee tables weren't on the list. But if Frank Lloyd Wright had given it a try, we think it might look like this.