My kids have gotten into board games a lot over the past few months. The kitchen table doesn't work all the time for playing because if games run into supper time there's a lot of drama with getting the table cleaned off. The floor is uncomfortable for playing so I wanted a big coffee table that could handle a good sized board game.
I'm already done with this so I'll post the finished version first. Its made mostly out of maple I found for cheap ($1.50 bf) at habitat for humanity. The panels and top ended up being maple plywood. I'm not great at taking progress pics so forgive the huge gaps in progress. I only rough sketched the design before I got started which will probably seem obvious in the end.
Here's the material I started with after a rough cutting some of it down.
Trying to get a sense of scale to figure out how tall and wide it should be
Laying out a drawer front. Drawers and sides were put together with tongue and groove. The side panels are mortise and tenon into the legs.
Side panel glue up:
This was my first time working with maple and first time doing a breadboard top. The maple is really unforgiving for showing gaps in any of the joinery because it is so light. I intended to peg the breadboards only through the bottom but messed up and ended up drilling one hole all the way through the breadboard. So I tried to patch it with a plug but my plug cutters are crap and they don't even match what size they are supposed to be.
So then I ended up routing out for a dutchman patch, but even at my best I couldn't get the lines around the patch to be as small as I wanted. Damn maple, why you gotta be like that!
I thought maybe after some finish went on it would look better but it looked worse. Finally I gave up on it and made a second top with a walnut border around it to hide any deficiencies in the joint between the top and border. I'll repurpose this patched top for an outdoor table or something (after painting it).
Here's a view of how the interior went together. A piece of 1/4 ply and a 2x4 were added to mount the drawer slides on
Heres a picture of what could have been. I think this top's design is much better than what I ended up with. It fits the look of the rest of it better and the thickness is a better proportion than the final version too. Oh well. Live and learn.