Sofa Table

Matthew Cremona

A Sofa Table is a welcome addition to any home. Whether against the wall or behind an actual sofa, the table brings equal doses of beauty and functionality. The table measures 46" Wide x 35.5" Tall x 16.5" Deep.

  • 14 lessons
  • 206 min
  • $79.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Sofa Table Introduction

    An in-depth look at what’s to come in the Sofa Table build!

  2. Stock Selection

    Picking the perfect boards for various parts of the sofa table.

  3. Panels

    The panel stock is milled to dimension, glued together, and cut to final size.

  4. Breadboard Joinery

    The panels receive tenons and the breadboards receive mortises to form the breadboard ends.

  5. Legs & Dovetails

    The legs are milled and the sub-top breadboard dovetail is cut.

  6. Twin Tenons

    The lower breadboards are joined to the legs with twin tenons!

  7. Divider Joinery

    The dividers are attached the top shelf and sub-top using a clever mortise and tenon structure.

  8. Pinning Breadboards & Tapering Legs

    Holes are drilled, elongated, and pins are added to hold the breadboards in place.

  9. Curves & Back Panel

    The curves are created using a template and a flush trim bit and the back panel is cut to size and fit.

  10. The Top

    The top is glued together, cut to size, curved, and the beautiful inlay is added.

  11. Pre-Finish & Assembly

    The entire project (sans drawer) is sanded, pre-finished, and assembled.

  12. The Drawer

    The drawer parts are cut to size and beautiful half-blind dovetails are cut.

  13. Curving & Fitting the Drawer

    Through dovetails are cut and the drawer is assembled.

  14. Wrapping Up

    Attaching the top, the drawer bottom, the drawer pull, and adding wax for a smooth-sliding drawer.

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (metric and imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction (14 videos) showing every step of the build, from wood selection to finishing.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. Closed Captioning available.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Lumber/grain selection
  • Properly executed bread board ends
  • Dovetail socket joinery
  • Double/twin tenon joinery
  • Stub tenon joinery
  • Traditional dovetailed drawer construction
  • Simple inlay
  • Wiping varnish finishing

What You’ll Need:

  • Bell Forest Lumber Packages are available here (Guild members get 10% off with code).
  • Jointer, Planer, Table Saw, Band Saw, Router with edge guide and 1/4″ guide bushing, Drill, Hollow Chisel Mortiser, Sander
  • 1/8″, 1/4″ and 1/2″ Spiral Straight Bits
    Pattern bit
  •  1/4″, 3/8″ and 7/8″ Forstner bit (drilling out the dovetail socket waste in the leg)
  • 3/16″ Drill Bit (brad point preferred)
  • 7/32″ round file
  • Ratchet, 1/4″ socket, and driver bit OR right angle screwdriver
  • Shoulder plane
  • Chisels: 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″, and 3/4″ or wider
  • Dovetail saw
  • Coping saw
  • Flush trim saw
  • Marking knife
  • Marking Gauge
  • Card Scraper
  • #4 Hand plane
  • block plane
  • Dividers

Nice to Have:

  • Drum Sander for sizing the inlay banding
  • Dowel plate for making the pins, alternatively store bought dowel stock can be used
  • Router Plane
  • Drawing bow
  • Compass Plane
  • Dovetail marker


In the 3 years that I have been retired and focused on furniture building, the sofa table was not only my favorite project, but taught me the most about the craft. This project has everything….milling, breadboard joinery, M&T, dovetailing, dealing with curves, inlay banding, drawers, finishing, etc. I have subsequently utilized this design in building two coffee tables and a larger puzzle table. Thanks Matt.

Rick Caputo
Guild Member

The videos were very helpful and I learned a bunch of new skills. I’m new to woodworking and managed to pull this off using the videos and the SketchUp plan.

Mike Flaminio
Guild Member

Matt is a great addition to the Guild as an instructor. Step by step Matt walks you thru the project and shows some great techniques to up your skills!

Thanxz Matt

Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Matthew Cremona

Matt is a classic log to furniture woodworker. In 2017 he made his own bandsaw mill and uses it to create massive slabs for himself and other woodworkers to turn into beautiful furniture. He started his YouTube channel in 2014 and has a large and dedicated following. His woodworking style ranges from modern to classic reproductions.

Matt has been a Guild instructor since 2016 and a co-host of the Wood Talk podcast since 2016. He travels to teach periodically at local Guild meetings as well as woodworking events like Woodworking in America.