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Sofa TableThis slender table maximizes minimal space.

by Rodney Wilson

My family recently left our sprawling farmhouse for a compact ranch. We left our farmhouse-sized stuff too, and now we need new furniture. This little console table, under 4′ wide and just more than 1′ deep, fits nicely below a wall-mounted TV to maximize floor space, and the removable shelf provides valuable storage space.

Stock Prep
Four 47″-long pieces make the top and shelf. I bought two 1x8s, which is just enough but leaves little room for cutting off checks and cracks – consider buying a longer piece (but 8′ is max for many vehicles). You’ll also need two 6′ 1×6 boards for the side, front and back aprons, as well as two 6′-long 2x6s.

To make the legs, crosscut one 2×6 to two lengths of 31-1⁄4″ on the miter saw. Set a combination


Leg rip. Use a straightedge as a saw guide and rip four 1 1/2″-square legs from the 2X6s.

square at 1-1⁄2″ and mark a line on the long edge.


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