Build a coffee table

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a coffee table. If you want to learn more about building a simple coffee table, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are so many designs and plans to choose from when building projects for your living room, so make sure you take a look over the related woodworking projects that are featured on our site.

Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the coffee table to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.

If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.

 

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Build a coffee table

Building a coffee table

Building a coffee table

 

Materials

  • A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 13 1/2″ long LEGS
  • B – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 17″ long, 4 pieces – 41″ long APRONS
  • C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 22 1/2″ x 46 1/2″ long BOTTOM
  • D – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber- 6 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
  • E – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long, 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long TABLETOP
  • F – 4 pieces of caster wheels WHEELS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses, Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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Building the frame of the coffee table

Building the frame of the coffee table

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the coffee table. Build the legs for the coffee table out of 4×4 lumber and the aprons out of 1×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the aprons and secure them to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the aprons are 3/4″ recessed.

 

Fitting the bottom supports

Fitting the bottom supports

 

Continue the project by fitting the supports to the bottom frame. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to cut the supports at the right dimensions and to drill pocket holes at both ends. Align the components with attention and secure them to the aprons using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.

 

Attaching the bottom shelf

Attaching the bottom shelf

 

Next, build the bottom shelf and secure it to the supports, as described in the diagram. Mark the cut lines on the 3/4″ plywood sheet and get the job done with a circular saw. Make the notches and remove the excess material using a chisel.

Smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a vacuum cleaner. Fit the plywood sheet to the structure and secure it into the using glue and finishing nails. Check if the edges are flush.

 

Building the top frame

Building the top frame

 

Fit the 1×4 aprons to the top of the coffee table, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes at both ends of the components and secure them to the coffee table using 1 1/4″ screws.

 

Attaching the tabletop

Attaching the tabletop

 

One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to attach the slats to the tabletop of the coffee table. Drill pocket holes along the slats and secure them together using 2 1/2″ screws and waterproof glue. Drill pilot hole through the top aprons and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the tabletop. Add glue to the joints and make sure the are no gaps between the components.

 

Build a coffee table

Build a coffee table

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues. Attach caster wheels to the legs of the coffee table.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the coffee table.

 

 

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