This step by step diy woodworking project is about diy coffee table plans. If you want to learn more about building a coffee table, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. There are many other designs and plans to choose from when building projects for your backyard, so make sure you take a close look over the related plans that are featured on our site.
There are many plans and designs to choose from, so make sure you take a close look over the rest of the workshop plans featured on our website. Plan everything with attention and adjust the size and the shape of the table to suit your needs. Plumb the legs and make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the galvanized screws into place. Drill pilot or pocket holes to prevent the wood from splitting. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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DIY Coffee Table Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 18″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 1×3 – 37″ long APRONS
- C – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 9 7/8 “, 1 piece – 11″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 5 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 48″ long TABLETOP
- 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 6 ft
- 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- wood filler
- wood glue
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Building a coffee table
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the four legs for the coffee table. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to build the legs out of 2×2 lumber.
Top Tip: Take accurate measurements and cut both ends of the legs at 5 degrees, by using a circular or a miter saw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and remove the residues using a vacuum cleaner.
Next, you need to build the sides of the coffee table, as described in the diagram. Make 5 degree cuts at both ends of the aprons and secure them to the legs by using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the supports are horizontal. Leave no gaps between the components and remove the excess glue.
The very next step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the coffee table, as seen in the free plans. Build the components out of 1×3 lumber and drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats.
Top Tip: Align everything with great care and make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the 1 1/4″ screws into place. Place a spirit level on top of the supports to make sure they are perfectly horizontal.
Build the tabletop for your woodworking project out of 1×3 slats. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to lay the slats on a level surface, making sure you leave about 1/4″ between them.
Mark the curved cut edges to both sides of the tabletop and get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and remove the residues with a cleaner. Work with attention and align everything with great care, if you want to get a professional result.
Center the frame of the coffee table to the tabletop and drill pocket holes through the aprons. Afterwards insert 1 1/4″ screws into the tabletop, in order to create rigid joints. Add glue to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
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: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the table from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint (make sure the pain is toxin-free). Place the table in a proper location.
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