Flip Top Coffee Table

While both massively pregnant, my friend enlisted me to help her baby-proof the house by replacing her metal/glass coffee table with the flip-top wooden version. She was 7 months and I was 8, and we got quite a few sideways looks at Lowe's! Needless to say we had a lot of help loading up the truck ;) It only took an afternoon to build, sand and stain. Now her little boy is appreciating the much more baby-friendly table!

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Minwax Gel stain and 3 coats of poly
Recommended Skill Level



Fri, 04/27/2012 - 15:41

If you built and stained this project in one afternoon you must live in Northern Norway during the winter when the sun never sets. You did a great job. I am building the same but I figure it will take me at least two days. Painting and sanding do add a lot of time, but also my stupid mistakes added time. It is really great. Once I can figure out how to add a Brag I will show you my bench.


Fri, 04/27/2012 - 15:58

But it was Texas in the summer so the sun doesn't set until 9 ;) Plus there were two of us, so staining took half the time! We used a gel stain that you just wipe on.

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Sun, 10/28/2012 - 19:54

I'd like to build one of these but was wanting hidden hinges-looks like from the photo you managed that! What kind did you buy and where? (please say Lowe's lol)

Thanks again and it looks great!


Wed, 05/04/2016 - 19:16

I really love the Tryde coffee table's solid style and legs, but would like to incorporate a flip top with storage like this one.  I don't want the lower level. Would that be possible?

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