Library Table 273


Oak (Chap. III., Par. 29).

4 pcs. 1"x7 1/4"x49" S2S

Top. 2 pcs. 7/8"x5 l/4"x48" S 2 S

Top side rails. 2 pcs. 7/8"x5 1/4"x28" S 2 S

Top end rails. 2 pcs. 1 3/4"x1 3/4"x26" S 4 S

Leg cross rails.

1 pc. 1"x8"x48" S 2 S Shelf.

3 pcs. 5/8"x4 1/4"x24" S 2 S Drawer sides and ends.

2 pes. 7/8"x4 1/2"x26" S 2 S Draw carrier supports.

4 pes. 3 1/2"x3 1/2"x30" S 4 S Legs.

2 pcs. 5/8"xl 1/2"x26" S4S Drawer carrier. 8 pcs. 1"xl"x5" S 2 S Corner blocks.

1 pc. (3-ply) 1/4"xl5"x20" drawer bottom.

2 doz. l 1/2" No. 10 F. H. B. screws. 1 doz. l 1/2" brads.

l 1/2" doz. l 1/4" brads.

1 pc. 1 3/4"x1 3/4"x4" for knobs.

1 pc. 1/4" dowel 27" long.

Introductory Statement

There is probably no one piece of furniture which is more popular than the library table; it has a function in every home and adds a touch of comfort and refinement which no other article can quite furnish.

The modern straight line design makes it possible to produce substantial and artistic effects in handmade furniture. The library table offers excellent opportunities to carry out these designs.

The design presented in this lesson will be found very pleasing in all its proportions and the construction has been worked out to avoid difficult and elaborate processes.


The Practical Cabinet Maker and Furniture Designer, Hodgson. F.

Drake Co., Chicago. Windsor's Mission Furniture. Popular Mechanics Co., Chicago.

Library Table

Library Table

Suggestions For Original Design

Introductory Statement 275

The Library Table Specifications

The Top

The top is to be made by gluing together a number of pieces. This must be done with great care. Be sure that the edges are perfectly jointed. Assemble with dowels. Clamp securely and leave for at least twelve hours for the glue to harden.

The Legs

Although the legs are furnished S 4 S, it will be necessary to resurface them with a very sharp plane and finish with a sharp steel scraper. Lay out and cut the mortises as indicated in the drawing.

The Top Rails

The top rails are to join the legs with mortise and tenon joints. Square the stock, lay out and make the rails. Form the tenons to fit the mortises in the legs. Be sure that the rails for opposite sides are exactly the same length between shoulders.

Lower Cross Rails

The lower cross rails are to join the legs with mortise and tenon joints. Square the stock and cut these tenons to fit the mortises in the legs. Test each tenon in the mortise for which it is intended.


Assemble one end at a time. Glue the tenons into the mortises, clamp securely, testing frequently with the square. It would be well to allow this section to harden before continuing the assembling. In like manner assemble the second end.

It will be noticed that the front cross rail has an opening cut for the drawer. This should be done before it is assembled. Complete the assembling of the frame by gluing the two cross rails in position and clamping.