One possible project coming down the pipe for me is to replace our LR coffee table.
So I'm musing about different ideas.
I would go with a general Mission style. (I tend to favour shaker or mission, and I already have a Mission style loveseat that I built 10 years ago.)
Despite the fact that it is mission, I would likely build this out of black cherry.
Here is version one of my sketches... (sorry, the skp file is too big to upload...)
This shows one end with spindles.
This shows the other end without spindles. We like it fairly open, so I may or may not include the spindles
Someone is often sitting on the couch with a laptop, so I thought I would incorporate some shallow drawers (about 3-1/4" deep inside) into the table so that we could easily tuck them away. My wife likes the "keep it hidden" idea, so these drawers would have no hardware at all.
And finally, here is the understructure of the top:
I would make the top a full 1" thick (ideally). It is spanning about 36" between the legs. There is a rail across the back, but not the front. I think that would be fine, but I'm open to comments.
The one thing that I am not at all settled on is the rails... We want the bottom shelf as close to the ground as possible (more on that later). I would be inclined to put a shallow curve on the bottom of the lower rails. However, if we don't end up putting in spindles, I could put the shallow arch in the bottom of the upper rails. I might even play around with the idea of the arch being on the long rail (the drawer fronts) as well
Finally, we want the shelf as close to the floor as possible. It goes like this: we like to put stuff there. But it either needs to be high enough to vacuum under (like 5-6", which kind of kills the usability of the shelf) or as low as possible to minimize stuff getting kicked underneath. So I'd like it like maybe 1" up at most. Instead of resting the shelf on top of the lower rail, I might mortise it into the rail, or use dowels instead of tenons. (love my Dowelmax jig!!!) I do need to be a bit cautious there of allowing for wood movement.