Coffee Table [Modern Farmhouse Collection]

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This modern farmhouse coffee table is so gorgeous!  You can build it for about $60 using basic tools.  Our free plans include shopping, cut lists and step by step diagrams.

There's lots to love about our Modern Farmhouse coffee table.

  • It's totally gorgeous
  • It's absolutely unique - you'll be the first to have this one (besides us that is)
  • It's super sturdy, so go ahead, put your feet up
  • The bottom shelf is perfect for baskets and bins
  • It's got a substantial feel without overtaking your living room
  • It's easy to build with basic materials and tools

modern farmhouse coffee table

From the front, it's simple and beautiful.

It's almost like a floating shelf for a coffee table.  And we all love floating shelves.

modern farmhouse coffee table

The ends have lots of character with legs anything but traditional.  We love the clean lines and the simplicity, but the uniqueness.

Modern Farmhouse Collection

This coffee table is part of a collection of plans, including the matching side table and  narrow console table.

Modern Farmhouse Side table

modern farmhouse console table

Video Tutorial

We created a video tutorial of the Modern Farmhouse Coffee Table build for your convenience. 

modern farmhouse coffee table
Dimensions shown above, can be modified easily in all directions


Shopping List

*You can substitute the 1x10 tops for an off the shelf edge glued panel or a plywood panel of your choice in size

* Humid climates may wish to use 3/4" thick plywood or MDF instead of the 1x10s, as they will not swell as much as soft woods

Cut List
  • 4 - 1x10 @ 46-1/4" (or can be substituted for plywood)
  • 4 - 1x4 @ ~18-1/2" 
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 47-3/4" 
  • 2 - 2x4 @ ~18-1/2"
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 11"
  • 8 - 2x4 @ 5-1/2" - long point to long point measurement, both ends cut at 45 degrees, ends NOT parallel

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

If using the 1x10s for the shelf tops, join along the long edge with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Then attach 1x4 trim to ends with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 2

Measure and cut the 1x4 long trim to fit, nail and glue to the top and the ends.

Build two exactly to match.

Step 3

Cut the top 2x4 to match the 1x4 ends (if you cut your 1x4s to 18-1/2", then cut the top 2x4 @ 18-1/2")

Attach coffee table legs to the bottom with 2" brad nails and wood glue.

Step 4

Attach angled supports, making sure the legs are square to the top with a carpenter's square.

Step 5

Shown upside down.

Attach the legs to the bottom shelf.  I recommend using screws to attach the legs.

Step 6

Place the coffee table on it's side on a level surface, with the legs set inside the top.

Attach with glue and 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Sanded with 120 grit sandpaper
Finish Used
Varthane Briarsmoke applied with a rag, one coat.



Wed, 06/10/2020 - 20:35

ana! plan on makin this table this weekend with a wider top. since the leg suports arent in contact with the table top and the base is supported by the 1x4 lips, do you think its stable enough to sit on?

thank you!


Sun, 06/28/2020 - 13:43

My wife loved this plan, I did tweak it a bit to accommodate for the hickory and mesquite boards that I used instead of the construction lumber, but the detail was great and the table came out beautifully. Tung oil finish really topped it off.


Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:22

Is there a bench in this collection or could the coffee table double as bench?