Or, rather, a lack of plan. Over the weekend I finished the bulk of a console table which will support two medium-sized plants.It’s a super simple build and I never even made a drawing. Three pine boards, joined at the corners by dovetails. I added a single rail that is [haunched] stub-tenoned to the sides. After gluing, I plan to pin the stub tenons with some cut nails, which should be a sufficient substitute for drawbores. I think with thicker material I could have done without the rail. But the boards are less than 3/4″ all around and wracking under the load of two heavy plants is a big concern. Also, the rail will serve as a drawer stop (more on that below). I’ve only done a dry fit so far, and the thing is solid as a rock under load, thanks to the tightly-fit dovetails. Perusing ideas for attaching the drawer, I came across a Lost Art Press CAD drawing for a staked table with drawer. From the illustration, it looks like the wide and shallow drawer rides on two L-shaped runners that I assume are dadoed into the underside of the tabletop. This should work well for my similarly wide and shallow drawer.
I haven’t made the drawer yet, but I’d rather hang the runners first and then worry about drawer size. In fact, I will cut the dadoes, assemble the carcass, then attach the runners, then worry about the drawer. I think that’s the right order.
And the drawer, for variety, will be rabbeted and nailed, rather than dovetailed. With a wider drawer front to cover the runners.