An important design feature for the Gustave Side Table is the motif found in the side panels. This type of motif can be found in some Stickley furniture (especially those designed by Harvey Ellis) and more complex motifs can be seen in Mackintosh furniture.
Originally, I designed this table with the same motif in the back panels which would be a nice touch, but I omitted them because I felt the back panels would be largely out of view and therefore not worthwhile to add. But, adding this profile to the back panels certainly would be a nice touch.
Creating the Cut-Out
I thought a lot about how best to make this cut-out. You could certainly make a template and use a plunge router. But I thought an easier way would be to split the panel in half, cut half of the profile on each piece and then glue the two halves back together. That is my recommendation.
In the image above, the panel has been cut over-size in both length and width by 3/8″. The area highlighted in yellow indicates this extra 3/8″. Note the line running down the center of the board – cut the panel in half.
Transfer half of the cut-out profile onto each half. You can make a template and use a router to remove the necessary material; a jigsaw or bandsaw would work leaving you a rough edge to clean up.
Glue the two halves back together first making sure the ends of the profile match.
Complete the panel by forming the tenons as shown in the woodworking plan.
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