The execution is pretty straight-on: we cut to measure both the table top and the lower side shelf from the same wood, and stain them at the same time. The original side shelf was thinner than the frame tubing and I didn’t like it…so I kept the original thickness of the boards (same as the frame tubing) and managed to grind 4 slots below the side shelf to accommodate the supports and keep it levelled.
Thanks to Ollie for the fantastic wood and Bert for the great woodworking job and help!
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