An Arts and Crafts Library Table
A nontraditional approach to building a desk with drawers
Synopsis: This author builds tables with drawers faster and stronger by building frames to go over and under the drawers and attaching them to pre-assembled ends. He advises that best boards go on top, and he glues those up first so he knows what he’s working toward. Then he assembles the ends, attaches the frames and shelf and installs drawer glides. The article offers detailed instructions on the table end glue-up, the shelf and drawer assembly, and the installation of drawer blocking and glides.
I’ve never seen the virtues of building a table with drawers in the traditional way—with a double-tenoned stretcher below the drawer and a dovetailed top rail. It just seems like unnecessary work. I’ve developed methods for building a table with drawers that are faster and, to my mind, stronger. It’s the same approach I use when building a chest of drawers. I build frames to…
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