1950's Nesting Table (WNW)



My dad made the smaller table shown around 65 years ago. He and my mom were married in 1955 and shortly after that he took a woodworking night class.  This table was one of his projects from the class.  It was my dad's nightstand for as long as I can remember. 

We lost my dad a few years ago, and now recently my mum moved out of their house into a small apartment. As part of her downsizing efforts, I asked for this table as a memory of dad. I also knew that I wanted to build something inspired by this 65 year old table.

I decided to make them into a set of nesting tables. So I built a larger table, sized to be a useful end table or living room side table, and the smaller table could then nest under it. This plan package contains all the needed dimensions from BOTH tables, so you can make yourself a version of either or both tables.

The small table includes working with dowels, possibly mortise-and-tenon, tapered legs, an inset front reveal,  visible dowel plugs, rabbets, and a hinged lid.  There are a lot of different woodworking techniques;  I can see why this was chosen for a woodworking class project.  The larger table is actually a simpler build, since it does not have a hinged lid or a storage compartment.

I hope you find this to be enjoyable and challenging, as you build your own heirloom.


Here is a link to the WordsNWood YouTube video of building this project

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