I have an old white oak rocking chair that I salvaged from a landfill about 18 years ago, it was in really bad shape, but like the Real Estate Agent trying to sell a dilapidated house, it has possibilities! Lots of repairing and refinishing and a new cushion later I had a beautiful Mission Style rocking chair. I have searched for all these years for a Mission Style end table and foot stool to compliment the rocker, none were found at a reasonable price.
After I built my first Kreg Jig inspired end table to match an antique dresser and bed I had the confidence that I could make my own foot stool and end table. The major problem I had was cutting the slots for the slats, I bought a cheap plunge router, $49.00, from Harbor Freight and built a rather awkward jig to cut the slats. I did a pretty good job considering my jig was made from odds and ends in my workshop, would have been much easier if I could afford a mortising jig.
The first photo is shows the end table, all the joints are totally pocket holes as the bottom shelf hides the pocket holes for the bottom rails. The 2 lone pocket holes under the top were required because the front piece of oak was warped and It was very difficult to clamp it flush with the second piece.
The second photo shows the foot stool, except for the biscuits glued to
the bottom rails and legs, the other joints are pocket holes. I glued all the joints with Gorilla Wood Glue as I have 2 overly active great
The last photo shows the rocker and its new friends, the foot stool and
end table. The ends of the slats on the rocker had been turned somehow to fit in round holes in the arms and rails, sort of a doweling procedure? I never could figure out how I could duplicate the turning so I elected to use slots. Considering the difficulties in making the slots with a router and home made jig I may have been further ahead to turn them.
My wife wants an armoir for her computer etc., I'll have to design one to her liking and do a material cost estimate to see when she thinks we can afford it!