This is my first project I designed and made for someone else. Everything was designed using Sketchup. This particular project was built to replace my parents coffee table that had fallen apart over the years. The table it replaces was made out of MDF with a Teak veneer. My parents were adamant about building it out of solid teak. I found it difficult to find so I built this one out of solid Iroko “also known as African Teak” While I don’t have a planer or jointer I found that buying the wood presurfaced helped out a lot.
1 -- 2 x 2 @ 6’
4 -- 1 x 10 @ 6’
50) 1 ¼” Kreg Screws (Only if using Kreg Jig)
Stain,varnish, paint or other finishing product
A) 3 - 1” X 8” @ 48” (Tabletop)
B) 4 - 1” X 2” @ 43” (Front and Back Aprons)
C) 4 - 1” X 2” @ 19” (Side Aprons)
D) 4 - 2" X 2" @ 17 1/4" (Legs)
Use a straight edge as a guide for making all cuts.
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!
Once everything is cut from the cutlist start off with assembling the tabletop. If you are using a Kreg Jig just drill the pocket holes in the center piece. apply glue and screw the pieces together. Set it aside to dry while you assemble the rest of the project. You could optionally use glue and clamps.
If using pocket holes place two on each side of the 8 aprons for attaching them to the table legs. Also add 3 pocket holes across the top 4 aprons to attach the tabletop to the base. Once All the pocket holes are drilled it is simple enough to assemble. Start off with assembly of the front and back of the table.
If you would like the aprons to be offeset from the front of the table legs just use a spacer to accomplish this. The table I built has 3/8" offset. This is optional and can be just placed flush to the front
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.