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The Queen Anne Living Room Tables

A drop-leaf coffee table, end table and corner table in the classic Queen Anne style


Here are three gorgeous tables that are surely destined to become the furnishing “stars” of your living room - or any room in your home. The end table and corner table feature a unique style of drawer joinery that we call a “beaver tail”. And although these tables are, by no means, a “weekend project” or one for the inexperienced, if you take your time and follow our instructions, you should be able to produce results that you and your future generations will be proud of. For the best results, we recommend that you build them one at a time instead of tackling all three at once.

We wrote the construction procedures for this project with the emphasis on the more complicated techniques...assuming that the builder has learned the other, simpler techniques from work on previous projects.

Buying your materials
Regardless of whether you decide to build all three tables at once or one at a time over an extended period, it is extremely important that you purchase all of your materials at the same time to avoid miss-matches.

You'll need both 1" and 3" thick cabinet hardwood...preferably cherry, maple mahogany or walnut for this style of furniture. Buy 32-3/4 board feet of 3" (12/4) and 27-1/2 board feet of 1" (4/4) stock.

You'll also need a 1/2" x 7" x 60" piece of utility wood (poplar or similar) for the drawer sides and backs and a 3/4" x 7" x 20" piece of hard maple for the drawer glides. Add to this a quarter-sheet of 1/4" plywood and a 14" long piece of ¼" birch dowel, plus the required hinges, drawer pulls, top retainers and wood screws. See the List of Materials for a complete, detailed shopping list.

Starting construction
Before you get started, be sure to check the alignment of all your machinery. With this project, precision cuts are CRITICAL! For that reason, it's also a good idea to re-check machine alignment periodically as you progress through the various stages of the project.

Start by cutting your stock to size according to the List of Materials. Do not cut the tabletop stock until later to minimize the potential of damage. Also, don't cut the drawer parts yet so they can be cut to exact size once the tables have been assembled.

If you're planning to place these tables in a room with thick, plush pile carpeting, you might want to consider making the foot pads of the legs 1/4" longer. This will allow the pads to sink deeper into the carpet without hiding the lower portion of the foot.



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