My wife was interested in a coffee table that we could also use for playing games or company for meals, and naturally we found just the thing on Ana White's website. I got some 2x2 pine from a lumberyard after not being happy with box store lumber. The table top is made of pine glued together. I decided to put the 2x4s underneath which gave some heft to the top so it does not wobble. It fits tighter than I would want, so lesson learned for me I should have paid more attention there. Since we wanted to paint the piece I went with the pine top. If it were going to be displayed somewhere else in the house, or stained, I would have chosen a harder wood for the top. The nice part of this plan, I could easily build another nicer top to go with the base if I wanted too.
Built from Plan(s)
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Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer; Valspar Signature interior paint and Minwax Polycrylic. I also tried Minwax One Coat Polyurethane with horrible results. Don't bother with the One Coat. I ended up sanding it off, repainting two coats, and using the polycrylic I usually use with much better results. Light sanding between each coat. Be patient, don't rush.
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