Hey friends, welcome! I’m very excited to share this week’s project as it matches the last project I created. If you haven’t seen it, I last made this rustic side table for our cabin, and this week I’m sharing the plans for the matching coffee table. This set, both side table and coffee table, cost under $75 in materials. If you’re in need of new living room furniture on a budget, give this a go! It’s a great project for an intermediate DIY-er.
- Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- Kreg Jig Mini
- Power Sander”
- Tape Measure
- Eye Protection
- (3) 2 x 6 x 96″
- (3) 2 x 4 x 96″
- (1) 1 x 4 x 72″
- 80 & 220 Grit Sand Paper
- Stain of Your Choice
- 2 1/2″ Wood Screws
- 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1 1/4″ Finishing Nails
- Wood Glue
Please note that the length specified for pieces with angled ends is measured on the longest side.
Step 1 – Assemble Legs
Each of the center posts of the legs are made from two of the 12 3/4″ boards and two of the 4 5/8″ boards. Using wood glue and 2 1/2″ wood screws, assemble the center posts as seen above, using a piece of scrap 2 x 4 wood to leave a space for the center support.
Add two 1 x 4 “feet” to the bottom of two 25″ boards using wood glue and finishing nails.
Attach one 25″ board with feet and one without to each end of the center support like shown in the picture above. These are attached using 2 1/2″ wood screws and wood glue to ensure a stable attachment. Repeat this process on the second leg.
Step 2 – Assemble Base
Insert the 41″ 2 x 4 board into the allotted holes in each leg post. Leaving 3/4″ exposed on each side, secure the beam using wood screws.
Step 3 – Assemble & Attach Top
Using my Kreg Jig Mini and following the instructions that came with it, I drilled two pocket holes into each 46″ board.
To keep everything level and even, I clamped a piece of scrap wood onto the boards as I secured them with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Once the top of the coffee table is completely assembled, I attached the base to it using wood glue and 2 1/2″ wood screws through the legs into the top.
The photo above shows the assembled base before adding the 9″ brace pieces. Before I attached those, I sanded and stained them and the base separately to make it easier.
Step 4 – Add Leg Pieces
To give the legs their “X” shape, I attached the eight 9″ angled pieces. These are secured using wood glue and wood screws through into the center support, base and top. You can hide the holes from these screws using a little wood filler and then stain over it. This coffee table stained is with Rustoleum wood stain in “American Walnut” followed by a coat of semi-gloss Triple Thick Polyurethane from Varathane.
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