In this compilation of 7 articles from Popular Woodworking Magazine, you’ll discover the perfect style of coffee table for your home.
- Mid-century Coffee Table Mario Rodriguez uses patterned veneer and simple joints for a clean mid-century, look. To build the base, you’ll learn how to lay out, rout and create loose-tenon joinery. The veneer top features a unique basket weave pattern.
- Prairie-style Coffee Table David Thiel created this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired coffee table design — an excellent exercise in cutting mortise-and-tenon joinery and developing mitered moulding skills.
- Coffee with the Brethren Megan Fitzpatrick designed this Shaker-inspired coffee table that features through-drawers and turned legs — plus a simple cheat for what look like half-blind dovetails (when your wood isn’t thick enough).
- Eames-style Table Christopher Schwarz used a cold-bending technique to create this Eames-inspired coffee table. You’ll use your band saw to cut the lamination strips, and clamps to bend them around the form.
- Asian Coffee Table Christopher Schwarz uses biscuits and a solid panel top for a simple design that is Asian-inspired. Two drawers and some forged hardware complete the look.
- Great Danish Modern Table David Thiel demonstrates an interesting take on dowel joinery — the table stretchers are connected to the legs with exposed dowels that enhance the Danish style.
- Collector’s Coffee Table Steve Shanesy’s glass-topped coffee table is perfect for showing off your collectibles. The table features tapered legs and mortise-and-tenon joinery.