This step by step diy project is about rustic coffee table plans. If you want to build a rustic coffee table for you living room with a storage shelf, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Adjust the size of the components with great care and lock them together by using waterproof glue and galvanized screws following the instructions.
It is essential to choose the right materials before starting the construction and the assembly of the diy wood coffee table. As you will see in the project, you need to choose durable lumber with a nice appearance, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Make sure the components are in a good visual condition and choose professional tools when adjusting their size. Take accurate measurements and join the components with glue and screws.
Projects made from these plans
Rustic Coffee Table Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 16 1/2″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 21″ long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 29″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 29″ x 29″ long SHELVES
- D – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 32″ long TRIMS
- E – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 37 1/2″ x 37 1/2″ long TABLETOP
- F – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 40 1/2″ x 40 1/2″ long TRIMS
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses
Building a coffee table
The first step of the indoor woodworking project is to build the frame for the coffee table. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the legs out of 2×6 lumber and the supports out of 2×2 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and secure them to the legs by using 2 1/2′ screws.
Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the corners are right-angled. The legs should be perfectly vertical and the supports horizontal.
Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood to the dimensions described in the diagram and drill pocket holes along the edges. Fit the plywood between the supports and secure it into place by inserting 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and smooth the surface with fine grit sandpaper.
If you want to add a nice touch to the coffee table project, you need attach 1×3 trims to the sides of the coffee table. Make sure the corners are right-angled and secure the trims to the legs by using finishing nails or galvanized screws.
Building the tabletop for the coffee table is a straight-forward process. Therefore, cut two identical pieces of 3/4″ plywood and add glue between them. Afterwards, clamp them together tightly and place a heavy item on top of them. Make sure the tabletop sits on a perfectly level surface.
After the glue dries out, you need to get the job done in a professional manner, by fitting the 2×2 trims to the exterior of the tabletop. As you can see in the diagram, we recommend you to cut both ends of the trims at 45 degrees.
Attach the trims to the exterior of the plywood tabletop, making sure the edges are flush. Drill pocket holes around the plywood and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the trims. Add glue to enhance the bond of the joint.
Lay the tabletop on a level surface and center the frame of the table into place. Drill pocket holes along the top edge of the legs and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the tabletop. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled. Leave no gaps between the components.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: In order to protect the lumber from water damage, we recommend you to cover the components with several coats of paint. Place the wooden table in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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