My daughter wanted a Hall Table and I found the basic plans for this one in September 2008 issue of American Woodworker. It is made with a red oak frame, brazilian cherry drawer fronts and plywood I made from phillipine mahogany with a distinctive grain. You can see how the grain from a single board flows across all three drawer fronts.
Here you can see the lower shelf being glued in place after the ends have been assembled with biscuits.
Here you can see the drawer supports have been installed. They are held in place with splines so they can be inserted after the frame is assembled.
The top was glued up on a flat surface to maintain a consistent reveal where the mitered frame contacts the custom plywood top. Plywood was used to avoid the wood movement problems that would be encountered if solid wood was used. The top was attached with pocket screws in the side aprons.