Apothecary Coffee Table

I am happy with how this turned out, but I did run into a couple of problems while building this. First of all there is a typo in the cut list. It says to cut the drawer sides 23 and a quarter inches, but they need to be 21 and 3/4 inches. I built the drawer to deep and then had to take it apart and cut the sides down. Then the drawer was ever so slightly too wide to fit under the table after I put the L-brackets on (which are definitely needed to make the table sturdy enough.) So I had to make a little room under the table by taking the sides back off and adding a little piece of wood as a spacer on either side.
Also I decided to use poplar for the top just to make it a little more dent resistant because poplar is a hard wood. But after I started staining it I learned that poplar acts like a soft wood and can be very blotchy when stained. I had to keep going darker with the stain to try and make it even. It came out okay in the end.

Estimated Cost
$120 for wood.
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
pine and poplar
Finish Used
For top and inside of drawer: Minwax prestain, minwax special walnut - 3 coats, minwax poly in gloss - 3 coats. For the rest I used glidden white primer and white paint plus a coat of polycrylic.
Recommended Skill Level

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