Casual Coffee Table

The laid-back vibe of this table invites you to put your feet up and relax — or set up for the weekly game night.

Tables invite gathering. A large dining table draws family and friends to celebrate holidays and special events. A coffee table on the other hand, tones down the rituals for laid back gatherings whether coffee-based or another beverage of your choosing. I’ve noticed a recent trend that super sizes the coffee table into continent-sized altars of display. This table instead relishes small spaces and everyday gatherings. The splayed legs and aprons visible from the front add visual and woodworking interest. Down below, there’s a drawer to hold entertaining essentials, remotes, or just a place to clear the deck when company arrives. We finished the base with a two-tone distressed paint job. Think of it as a subtle permission slip to skip the coasters or put your feet up. Painting the base also allows you to use lower cost materials without apology. The top of any table is the high-impact and high-traffic showpiece. In this case, it’s made from thick, solid cherry. Breadboard ends nod in the direction of a casual, country style. Even the details reinforce feeling at ease. There are no ornate moldings or profiles. Edges are softened just enough to feel comfortable — and to help add “authentic wear” to the paint. The Designer Series projects aim to let you create good-looking, solidly built furniture using essential skills with a modest tool kit. It’s time to start building.



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