Flip Top Coffee Table

Submitted by angiemicn on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 01:11

Needed a sturdy coffee table and this plan was perfect. Doubles as a bench, extra storage in the hidden cubby underneath the flip top, holds football fiesta platters, beers, and when the parties not in full swing, I'm using as a sewing table as well. Love it. Used my Kreg jig for entire assembly so super sturdy and easy too. Modifications: 1x6 Pine boards, jigged together. love the look of pine and after assembly, meticulously sanded so feels like one piece of wood. Used the hidden hinges. Bottom shelf I made out of leftover 1x4's, to match the top. width is 36 inches. Had to fit in a tiny living room. Did add support to the bottom shelf, 2 1x2's under the 1x4's....my dog has already crawled onto the shelf.

Estimated Cost
free used leftover scraps
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Varathane Natural finish for top and shelf.
Kilz white primer 2 coats, and Behr Ultra White for legs and apron.
Recommended Skill Level



Sun, 02/05/2012 - 02:36

thank you so much! Glad you liked it, I love the contrast too!
Since it's essentially a holder for hubby's beer and snacks this kind of top can take a lot of abuse and still look great

Victoria Marie (not verified)

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 18:57

I love the look of this augmented plan. The 1x6 boards looks super sleek.

Can I ask you a question? I'm building this bench as my very first building project, and so far it is quite wobbly. I attached the shelves with one pocket hole in each corner through the shelf piece. You mentioned that yours is super sturdy. How did you attach the shelves?

Thanks! - Victoria


Wed, 02/22/2012 - 22:57

I made each side as a frame, looked like 2 rectangles and 2 squares. Those were both kregged together...then I put those frames, front, back and 2 sides together kregging those together. The shelves are all kregged in too. I don't know if that helps or not. I've used mine for extra seating.
good luck, angie

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