Reader Project: Arts & Crafts Classic End Table
Reader, Mike Gratzer, built this beautiful end table for his home. He followed the Simple Rennie Mackintosh End Table Plans that were provided in the December/January 2015 issue of The Family Handyman.
Finished End Table
“Tom Casper’s article provided excellent guidance on every step of the construction. My home shop is small and I have a limited collection of woodworking tools. This necessitates careful planning and presents a challenge when planning projects.” — Mike
Parts and Finish Test
Here are the materials I used for this project.
Pocket Screw Modification
The original plans for this project called for biscuit joinery as the primary method of assembly. Since I do not own a biscuit joiner, I elected to use pocket screws. This added a level of complexity because most of the fasteners needed to be hidden. I made my own plugs out of poplar and used a Japanese cut-off saw to hide the holes for the screws. The photos show the installation of the plugs and the result after trimming and sanding the plugs.
Pocket Screw Drawer
I built the drawer using pocket screws and wood glue.
View from above, prior to attaching the top.
Assembled, Waiting for Finish
View of finished table with drawer slid out.