Designing on the Go: A Coffee Table Takes Shape
Altering legs, shelf and top leads to a handsome table in the spirit of the Shakers
Synopsis: Peter Turner turned a request from his sister into a design-and-build process that produced four versions of a Shaker-style coffee table. Each version he built improved upon the last, and he explains here how to build a 36-in. by 18-in. table with square, tapered legs. Simple construction complements the design, and he uses citrus oil to finish the piece. Turner tells you how to turn the legs and joints go together. There’s also a list of books on Shaker design.
My sister Wendy offered me a deal I couldn’t refuse. She’d give me one of her watercolor paintings if I made a worktable for her studio. She sent me a rough sketch showing a long, low table with a shelf beneath the top.
Then I started thinking. Why not turn Wendy’s worktable into a prototype for something I could sell as a stock item in my…