Corona Coffee Table - Square

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Build your own solid wood coffee table with beautiful turned legs, this free plan guides you through the process with step by step instructions, diagrams, shopping and cut list and lots of reader submitted photos.


square coffee table pottery barn knock off plans
square coffee table pottery barn knock off plans


Why We Built this Coffee Table

My friend Ashley from Shanty2Chic is busy working on a brand new house!  And to get ready to move in, she's already started working on furniture for her new house.

First up, Ashley wanted to build a coffee table in a square shape, with giant turned legs, inspired somewhat by the lovely Pottery Barn Cortona Coffee Table.



Where Did the Coffee Table Legs Come From?

The folks over at Osborne Wood were kind enough to make special legs (that we can all order!) for this coffee table, and I love the substantialness of them!!!  


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Can I Build this Coffee Table in a Rectangle Size?

Yes!  You can easily modify the size of this coffee table.  I recommend simply building the top first in the desired size, and then building the base to fit the top. 


See More Photos and Build Post 

But first, take a second to check out Ashley's building post, aren't you dying to see more photos and know what color stain that is???  I sure am!  See you over there!



coffee table plan diagrams
Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List
  • 4 turned legs - Used these ones from Osborne Wood
  • 3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 3/4" thick, 1/2 sheet of hardwood plywood in matching species (4x4 feet)
  • 4 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 1/4” and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws
Cut List
  • 4 - 4”x4”x18” turned legs (we used these)
  • 8 - 1x3 @ 27 1/2” (aprons)
  • 1 - 3/4” plywood @ 33” x 33” (bottom shelf)
  • 7 - 2x6 @ 27 1/2” (tabletop center boards)
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 38 1/2” (breadboard ends - cut to fit)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Start by attaching the aprons to the legs on the sides - try using a spacer block 1/2" thick to help you inset the aprons on the legs.

TIP: Drill 3/4” pocket holes facing upward in top aprons for attaching tabletop in later steps.

Step 2

Repeat to create the basic frame of the coffee table.

TIP: Drill 3/4” pocket holes facing upward in top aprons for attaching tabletop in later steps.

Step 3

Notch out the corners of the bottom shelf with jigsaw. Test fit. Drill 3/4” pocket holes every 8” or so around all bottom edges of bottom shelf. Attach bottom shelf inset inside bottom aprons with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 4

Build the tabletop seperately, using 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. Attach the prebuilt top to the base using the 3/4" pocket holes you drilled in step 1 and 2 in the aprons with 1-1/4" pocket hole scews, centering top on base.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:34

Maybe I missed this...Was there a stain used on this coffee table or only conditioner? Thanks!


Tue, 06/10/2014 - 23:12


Are there any local suppliers here in Fairbanks that could offer the same specific style of legs for this table? I am new to the area and between work and a soldier for a husband, I haven't had much time to venture out to familiarize myself with the area yet. Thank you for the tip in advance!


Wed, 12/31/2014 - 07:04

I'm about to get supplies for this beautiful project! Can you explain a little more in depth about the piece of plywood though? There are so many different kinds of pine plywoods when you look at them- some with low pricing and some with high pricing! How much was it for you to get the plywood?

Thank you:)


Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:54

Thank you for the plans to this beauty. I have ordered the legs and they have just come in, gorgeous!!!! I'm in the process of gather all other materials and was wondering if the pocket screws need to be fine or course, or does that not matter?
Thank you!


Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:12

that you use coarse for softwood and fine for hardwood. The fine threads won't split the hardwood as easily

Claudia Auston

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:55

I am building this coffee table at the moment and encountered a problem: the bottom shelf should not be 33"x 33" but 31 1/2" x 31 1/2" to make it fit. I followed all the measurements and even got the same turned legs. What did I do wrong?

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