Magazine article Sunset

Side Tables with Style: Assemble the Base and Add Your Own Top

Magazine article Sunset

Side Tables with Style: Assemble the Base and Add Your Own Top

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You don't have to be a professional woodworker to make either of these slender side tables. Simply order the elegantly shaped legs and the ready-made mortise-and-tenon aprons and add a top of your choice.

MATERIALS

* Ready-made legs, aprons, and mortising to assemble into the table base; ours are in cherry from Vermont-based Classic Designs by Matthew Burak (800/843-7405 or www.tablelegs.com). The turned Sheraton-style base comes as a kit (303-DK3); a wide variety of styles and woods are available. Other styles of legs are available at some unfinished furniture shops. Our bases cost about $160 each.

* Wood glue

* Clamps

* 220-grit sandpaper

* Stain (we used cherry and red mahogany)

* Clear polyurethane or tung oil

* Tabletop

* Blocking and epoxy for attaching stone slab top to frame (optional)

* Screws for attaching wood-backed top

DIRECTIONS

Base. The wood parts arrive well sanded and ready for finishing. Use wood glue and clamps to assemble the aprons and legs. …

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