A drop-leaf coffee table, end table and corner table in the classic Queen Anne style
Making the tops
Saw, joint and glue-up the stock for the three Top pieces. Use a Hand Scraper to scrape away the excess glue and plane and/or sand the pieces smooth. Cut the Top pieces to size according to the List of Materials.
Next, clamp the three Coffee Table top parts gently together while you lay out the Top profile. Since each drop-leaf joint will overlap by about 3/8", the finished size of the Top will be 30" x 40".
Turn your Table over and draw your oval layout on the underside. Begin by drawing perpendicular horizontal and vertical centerlines for your oval as shown in Fig. 19-A. These lines will be your minor (A/B) and major (C/D) axes.
Set a large compass to the distance CX (in our case, this should be half the width of our Table Top or 20"). Position the compass point at location A and strike an arc across the major axis line at points #1 and #2.
Take a long piece of string or heavy thread and tie it intoa continuous loop that will be equal to the distance between points "C" and "2", when the loop is pulled taut (In other words, if your push pins were inside your tied loop at points "C" and "2", the loop would be taut.)
Drive your two push pins lightly into the underside of the Top at points #1 and #2 on your layout. Slip your tied loop over the outside of you push pins. Position the point of a pencil or marker inside your string loop at location "A" and begin moving you pencil or marker point around the layout in a clockwise manner...dragging the string loop with you as you finish drawing your oval.
Mortise and mount the drop-leaf hinges to the underside of the Top. Note the relationship of the hinge pin in the joint (See Fig. 20). Remove the clamps.
Fig. 20. Hinge pin-to-rule joint relationship
Use your Bandsaw to cut the oval profile, then carefully sand the edges smooth using your Disc Sander. Next, use a Guide Pin Shaper set-up with an Ogee Cutter and Rub Collar to cut the decorative edge around the assembled oval Coffee Table Top. This set-up will allow the Shaper to cut into the Top slightly beyond what the plans call for. Sand away this unwanted ridge around the edge with your Disc Sander.
Drill the Top retainer screw holes on the underside of the table Tops, 1-1/2" away from the Leg Post positions.
Assemble the Drawers with glue, 1" long Drawer dowels and bar clamps. Wipe the glue squeeze-out from the wood with a water-soaked rag.
Sand, sand, sand and sand some more...then apply the finish of your choice.