Rustic X Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:40
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You can build a beautiful coffee table out of lumber!  For about $50 in materials, this solid wood coffee table with it's X detailing could be yours.  Our free plans include step by step diagrams, shopping lists and cut list - everything you need to get started.

Also in this collection: Rustic X Console Table, Rustic X End Table, and Rustic X Bench Plans

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rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans

Beginner Friendly Option

With the popularity of this plan, we have created a Beginner Friendly plan that is very similar.  It uses less tools and the overall cost is under $40.

farmhouse coffee table

The beginner plan is slightly smaller and has a slatted bottom shelf.  You can find the plans here.

Rustic X Coffee Table Plans

Remember a bit back when Hillary  from The Friendly Home built this amazing Rustic X Console Table from 2x4s? 

We've had so much interest from readers, we thought we'd add a coffee table plan to the collection.  

This coffee table is so gorgeous, it's hard to believe it's made from standard off the shelf lumber!

I ENCOURAGE you to stop over and visit Hillary and read about how she battled a wild fire to build this coffee table!  

PS - Hillary is also sharing her finishing tutorial.

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Rustic X Coffee Table

rustic x coffee table dimensions
Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List
  • 2 – 2x4 – 8 feet or stud length
  • 4 – 2x2 – 8 feet
  • 1 – 1x12 – 8 feet long
  • 5 – 2x6 – stud length
  • 1 ¼” and 2 ½” Pocket Hole screws
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x4 @ 16 ½” (legs)
  • 4 – 2x2 @ 41” (side trim)
  • 4 – 2x4 @ 22 ½” (end trim)
  • 2 – 1x12 @ 41” (bottom shelf)
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 22 ½” (both ends cut at 60 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends are parallel)
  • 4 – 2x2 @ 11 ¼” (long point to short point, one end cut at 60 degrees off square, other end cut at 30 degrees off square, ends are not parallel but are cut in same direction)
  • 5 – 2x6 @ 52” (tabletop boards)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

First build the two side trim pieces.

Step 2

Then connect together. Hide top pocket holes on top, bottom pocket holes on bottom. NOTE: This plan is sized for 1x12 boards measuring 11 1/4" wide - measure your 1x12 boards, double that number, and cut your side trim to fit - see next step.

Step 3

Build your bottom shelf with 3/4" PHs/1 1/4" PH screws down center. Then drill 3/4" PHs around all outside edges and attach to the bottom shelf.

Step 4

Now attach cut and build the X braces. Attach in place. These are mostly decorative, so don't stress about getting them super screwed in place. Some good glue and screws will do the trick.

Step 5

For the top, we recommend building the entire top with 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws on a flat level surface.

Then attached the completed top to the base.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Fri, 10/23/2015 - 07:56

I have looked at least 10 different places.  Where did you get the decorative corner pieces.  I'm finished with my table except for those but can't find them anywhere


Mon, 10/26/2015 - 10:58

Hey all, I'm having trouble finding the finishing corner brackets and stud things on the lower legs. I live in Canada. Any suggestions? Thanks!


Fri, 11/20/2015 - 20:44

I'm curious what strain was used for the code table?  Is it one I can find at a hardware store or is it vinegar/steel wool or black tea? 


Sun, 11/22/2015 - 12:08

Just wondering if anyone has experienced warping after building this by attaching the top with pocket screws. . Worried that it won't allow for proper wood expansion tangent to the grain.  Would table fasteners be better? 

Connor Latona

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 15:28

What wood did you use for this project? How did you get it to look rustic? Also what kind of finish did you use to make it look so nice, and does that prevent scratches?

Connor Latona

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 19:06

Ana is would be great if you could personally respond to this because I really would like to know all the exact materials you used so I can make it to look like yours. Thanks.

Connor Latona

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 19:06

Ana is would be great if you could personally respond to this because I really would like to know all the exact materials you used so I can make it to look like yours. Thanks.

Connor Latona

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 19:07

Ana is would be great if you could personally respond to this because I really would like to know all the exact materials you used so I can make it to look like yours. Thanks.


Mon, 12/28/2015 - 18:36

Decided not to  use hex bolts and instead drilled 3/4 inch hole in botton portion of legs and inserted wooden buttons that I had spray painted black.


Sun, 01/17/2016 - 05:50

I LOVE this coffee table. I am almost done building it, but I can't find the black braces. Where can I buy them?


Sun, 01/17/2016 - 09:22

So I tried the vinigar stain using black tea and wood turned brown not grey. Has any had this problem?


Sun, 01/17/2016 - 09:22

So I tried the vinigar stain using black tea and wood turned brown not grey. Has any had this problem?


Sun, 01/17/2016 - 12:43

From my experience, it matters the type of wood that you use (i.e. the amount of tannins in the choice of wood), but just as importantly, the type of vinegar.  If you use white vinegar, it turns the wood a warmer brown color.  If you use apple cider vinegar for your vinegar/steel wool mixture, it brings out a much more grey tone.  


Fri, 01/22/2016 - 18:12

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Want to get started asap :) what is the make and color of the stain used on the coffee table?


Mon, 02/22/2016 - 05:51

Hey there, I made this table and it turned out great. I followed the link to finish the table with the steel wool/vinegar oxidized look and sealed with paste wax. I accidentally left a candle burning on the table and some of the wax left an oily stain. I've tried baking soda and water and dish soap and water with no luck. In thinking I may have to touch up with the oxidizing solution and put more paste wax. Any suggestions?


Wed, 03/02/2016 - 08:12

My boyfriend made this table and we love it! We are having trouble finding the corner brackets that go on the outside. Anywhere I can buy online or tips on what to search? Thanks!


Wed, 03/09/2016 - 08:10

I have a quesiton: I'm curious about ripping the 2x6s on my table saw, to remove the rounded edge, and therefore make a flatter table top. Any recommendations or suggestions?


Sun, 04/24/2016 - 18:06

I tackled this table this weekend and it was fun. I chose not to do the X on the side and instead of the bottom shelf I used 2x2 spaced out about 4 inches a piece. Took me about 4 hours to complete. Still need to stain though


Sun, 05/22/2016 - 12:54

Is there a way to make this a top lift table? Any plans that we could use to modify it?


Fri, 05/27/2016 - 19:04

Going to attempt to build the end tables would love to know what stain and wood was used so I can achieve the same look! Tried opening links but none ate working :(


Tue, 05/31/2016 - 11:52

First project I have done and it turned out great, other than the wax. I applying it a little too thick and have some milky spots on the surface. Any suggestions on how to remove the wax without affecting the stain?!



Wed, 06/01/2016 - 09:38

hi there, i am very beginner! 


just wondering about the table top. am i attaching each 2x6 to the next 2x6? so all 5 2x6's are joined together by pocket hole screws before attaching the already put together table top to the side aprons?


Sat, 06/04/2016 - 13:56

Thank you for posting the plan for this coffee table online. I had fun building this table and saved a lot of money.  


I plan on on buiding the behind the couch table next. 



Thu, 06/16/2016 - 05:09

did anyone find that when they went to attach the top that the boards made the frame go out of square and made it wobble ?

Bryan O

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 09:03

I built this table back in October.   Now due to seasonal expansion in the wood,  the table top is pulling apart.   The plan calls for using construction grade material and pocket screws.  The plan also says to  screw together the 2x6's and and then screw the top directly to the table aprons.   Doing this prevents seasonal wood movement in the wood and will eventually cause the top split apart from expansion or contraction of the wood.   I do not recommend screwing this directly to the table aprons,  use desktop figure 8 fasteners which would allow for the seasonal wood movement instead.


Tue, 06/21/2016 - 14:02

Can you use a Kreg Jig Mini to do the pocket holes if you get a clamp? Os there a specific kreg jig that works best?


Sun, 08/07/2016 - 17:11

I'm having problems with getting the x the right cut any help will be helpfull


Tue, 09/20/2016 - 08:48

Hi Ana,

I love your designs. In the past I've built a desk for my home office from one of your plans, and I'm currently working on the rustic X console and this matching coffee table. I was wondering if you could help me figure out dimensions for a table that would be about 20% to 25% smaller (in order to fit my space). I'm having a hard time finding appropriate dimensions that would allow four 2x6s on the table top (instead of five), since that affects the type of boards that can be used on the bottom shelf and still obtain a 1" overhang for the top. Ideas? Thanks!


Tue, 10/11/2016 - 07:48

I use the nailer on the X's. I hlue the ends and then put a nail through each end and also where the pieces meet in the middle. Tap them in and fill with wood filler. The nails hold it all together while the glue dries. 

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