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A place to keep some of your favorite things

If you're one of those people who likes to collect things (or if you're married to one of them), you know that no collector ever has enough room for his or her treasures.

This handsome do-it-yourself curio coffee-table project can help ease the storage crunch. Not only does it look great in front of the sofa, but it's also a safe place to store and display prized collectibles.

Built primarily of oak and oak plywood (although different woods like pine, fir or cherry can be used), the project is topped with a piece of heavy glass.

Under the glass, the table's top drawer provides almost 4 square feet of display space and can be flocked or lined to protect its contents from scratches.

Because the bottom drawer is a duplicate of the top, changing what's on display is as easy as switching the drawers.

The project requires two sheets of plywood, some dimensional lumber and dowels, knobs, nails, wood screws, stain and finish, plus a piece of tempered glass for the top. Since all of the project's cuts are straight, measuring and cutting are simple.

When completed, the curio table measures about 38 inches long by 24 inches deep by 17 inches tall. The Curio Coffee Table plan, No. 854, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with 12 photos, isometric drawings, cutting layouts and a shopping list and cutting schedule.

A package of curio furniture plans, No. C116, is $22.95 and includes plans for this project and two others. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $2. Prices include postage and handling. Please allow about four weeks for delivery (for rush delivery, add $1 per item up to $3 maximum and allow about two weeks).

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