Side Tables and Stands

Side Tables

These simple tables can go pretty much anywhere and serve a variety of functions.  I've built them as nightstands for the bedroom, as living room tables at the ends of couches, and as catch-all tables by the kitchen or back door.

This one sits by the front door.  The photo is one of the first of these tables I made, and it's where car keys, sunglasses, homework, and anything else you don't want to forget in the morning is placed, ready to go.  

In the evening, anything you're carrying when you get home lands on it, and for someone like me who is very good at losing car keys, having that drawer right there when I come through the door has given me a first place to look that is usually the right place.

This table is red oak with walnut legs, and I used poplar for the interior of the drawer.  This simple style looks great either with contrasting woods, or made with the same wood.  If made from the same wood, its medium size lends itself to making the entire table from a single large board, so that can be specified. I usually do it that way anyway, but mention it when you order.

I make the drawer pulls out of scrap wood, in this case from a piece left over from making the table top, which I shaped and stained to correspond to the color of the legs.   The drawers can be made with dove-tail joints or with more standard joints.

Table height can be custom sized to match the height of the arm of your sofa or the side of the bed or whereever else you might want the table.   The dimensions on this one are: height:  27", width: 24", depth: 16".  It is on the large side.   The most recent table I made was on the small side: height 22", width: 22", depth 14".

Pricing:  $500; add $75 for dovetailed drawer.

Gustav Stickley Plant Stand

This plant stand was part of American Arts & Crafts designer Gustav Stickley's lineup in the early 1900s.  

It is surprisingly complex, using some mortises that aren't centered on the legs (see the middle rails in the picture) and others that are.  The tenons have to be shaped to fit together inside the leg since the tight spacing puts the ends right up against each other.

But the result is a very interesting piece.  The original used a single green tile for the top, but when I went to my local home center looking for one solitary green tile, I spotted this on the rack and grabbed it instead.

The bottom crosspiece is secured by a tusk tenon secured by a key that holds it tight against the rail.    

This is my first shot at making this stand.  If people like it and I make more, I'll give it its own page.

Pricing:  $450.  Specify if you would prefer a single tile or the small tiles in this photo.  

Daniel Lee Woodworks
Fort Lauderdale, Florida