Modified Adirondack Coffee Table

Submitted by Indiri on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 13:37

As the kids are getting a little older it was time to retire the train table and pass it on to family. Although our living room is growing up we still wanted a place for storage, though.

I modified the Adirondack Coffee Table to include a lower shelf (just make a second box the size of the top one and screw it into the bottom of the legs) and made it wider and longer (49"x33") and taller (20"). 6 of our toy buckets will fit on the lower shelf for storage. By making the top 49" I was able to cut the 1x6 to make a top board and a bottom board from each (top 50" for a little overhang, bottom boards 46". 6 1x6 boards were needed to make the two shelves, in addition to the 2x4s. Since it is bigger there is also a stretcher across the center for a little extra strength (because we all know that at some point a child will stand on it).

It took me about 4 hours to build it and then a couple more hours spread over the weekend to stain/poly. All total this one was about 6-7 hours for me to build.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
Builder grade 2x4 and pine
Finish Used
Red Mahogany Stain and Minwax Poly, 2 coats of each.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner