Stylish Coffee Table with Sleek Lines
Low-key angles and a floating top elevate a simple design.
Synopsis: This coffee table draws design inspiration from the Danish mid-century period. Its floating top, pencil-roll edge and angled legs add pizzazz. The use of floating tenons speeds construction of the angled joinery, while doubling up the mortise-and-tenon joinery adds strength to the base. Because the inside faces of the legs are flush to the inside faces of the front and rear aprons, the side aprons and the cross rails are the same length, which keeps the design simple.
My goal with this project was to create a coffee table with style. While looking for inspiration, I was drawn to the uncomplicated styles of the danish mid-century period, so I incorporated subtle details like the floating top and pencil-roll edge from furniture pieces I liked. To create nice lines and natural movement, I angled the legs out a bit and gave them a little flare at the bottom, another mid-century…