Tryde Coffee Table

Submitted by thurm12 on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 10:35

This was my first project. Since I live in an apartment with no real good area to keep a table saw, I had all of the cuts made at my local Home Depot.

It took me a while to get a hang of the pocket holes (I used a Mini Kreg Jig), but once I did, the project was a snap. I liberally used wood glue to ensure that everything stayed together.

The breadboard ends were about 1/8" too short, but I centered them so it is barely noticeable. If possible I strongly recommend following the plan's suggestion of cutting the breadboard ends after the top is fastened together.

Rather than using a 1/2" inset, I just centered the aprons on the legs. I thought this was both easier and worked better for attaching to the top.

I took my time selecting the best (smoothest) wood at Home Depot and placed smoother sides face-up as one post suggested in order to minimize my sanding time.

Overall, the table is exactly what I wanted. The table is heavy and sturdy, and I believe it will last a long time. This project was a perfect beginner's project since the plans have great details and instructions.

Estimated Cost
$50
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Douglas Fir
Finish Used
Minwax PolyShade (stain + finish), Dark Walnut
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner