A small occasional table like this can be used in many ways around the house. It's perfect as an end or lamp table, or alongside your favorite chair. Since it doesn't weigh much (about 7 pounds), it makes a great portable table for the dining room or even in the den to hold extra TV snacks.
The wedged through-tenon, a joint often used by early country cabinetmakers, secures the stretcher to the legs while adding both a nice detail and extra strength.
We used pine for all parts (to help keep weight to a minimum), but feel free to choose any wood that suits your fancy.