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Tips & Techniques4

Drop-Leaf Coffee Table6

With its turned legs and drop-leaf tabletop, you may be surprised to find that this project can be built in just a few days. The secret? A simple design and some ready-made legs. (Plus, we've included a matching sofa table on page 10.)

Drop-Leaf In Depth12

A drop leaf is a great way to extend a tabletop. And making it isn't as complicated as you might think. All you need are a couple of common router bits and a special hinge.

Country Wall Shelf14

To give this wall shelf a country look, we used knotty pine, simple construction, and a beaded-board back. And if you want an attractive display cabinet, there are optional doors you can add to the shelf. Either way, it's a quick, easy-to-build project.

Page 19: Materials

Piece A – Door Stiles. Measurement printed as 1/2 x 2 – 27 but should be 3/4 x 2 – 27. Piece C Glass Stop. Measurement printed as 1/2 x 2 – 11 but should be 3/4 x 2 – 11.

Shop Notes20

Clamping & Assembly22

Gluing up a project may be the most nerve-racking part of woodworking. Once the glue is on, you only have minutes to get things together -- and get it together right. These tips from our shop will help things go smoothly, no matter what the assembly.

Storage Chest26

Lift the lid of this chest and you'll find plenty of room for storage. What you won't find is any hint that it's built from plywood and ready-made moldings. Just one trip to the home center will get you everything that's needed to build this handsome chest.

Reader's Jig32

Talking Shop34

Final Details36