This step by step diy woodworking project is about simple coffee table plans. If you want to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to pay attention to the following instructions. Therefore, you should plan everything from the very beginning, as to keep the costs under control and to save time. Ask a skilled friend to give a hand, if you don’t have enough expertise in the field.
We recommend you to invest in high quality lumber, such as pine, cedar or redwood, as the components will not only have a nice finish but they will be also highly durable. Always pre-drill the components before inserting the screws, in order to prevent the wood from splitting.
Projects made from these plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 25″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 11 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 1×12 lumber – 32″ long SHELF
- C – 2 pieces of 1×3 – 33″ long, 2 pieces – 13 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 24″ x 40 1/2″ long TABLETOP
Simple Coffee Table Plans
Top Tip: We strongly recommend you to pay attention to the instructions before buying the materials and assembling the table.
Building a coffee table
The first step of the project is to build the legs of the coffee table. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to cut both ends of the legs at 15 degrees.
Take accurate measurements and mark the cut lines with a pencil before adjusting their size with a circular saw. Make sure all the legs have the same size and shape. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
If you want to give your project a highly functional side, we recommend you to pay attention to the diagram. Therefore, you should attach the 1×2 supports to both sides of the table.
Cut a small piece of 1×12 lumber and fit it between the two sides of the coffee table. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert the screws into the slat. Add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to get a rigid structure.
Attach 1×3 trims (1/4″ thick) to both sides of the small table, if you want to get a neat appearance. Drill small pilot holes and insert the finishing nails into the frame.
Building the tabletop supports is a straight-forward process, as you just need to cut the 1×3 slats at the right size and lock them together with galvanized screws. Make sure the corners of the frame are right-angled, in order to get the job done in a professional manner.
Add waterproof glue to the joints, as to enhance the rigidity of the structure. You should adjust the size of the frame according to the tabletop you want to fit to the project.
Last but not least, we recommend you to attach the tabletop to the frame, as show in the image. If you want to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to build the tabletop out of 3/4″ plywood.
Top Tip: Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper and center the frame properly. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 1 1/4″ galvanized screws.
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 wood table in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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