Rectangle Box Frame Coffee Table

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A simple DIY, build your own industrial style coffee table with 2x2s and 1x12 pine boards.  This stylish design is sturdy and beautiful, works with almost any decor, and adds a beautiful wood texture to your living room.

This is a free project plan suitable for beginners with limited tools.  Free step by step plans with diagrams, shopping list and cut list from

Why We Love this Coffee Table!

If you are looking for a clean lined, inexpensive, easy to build coffee table that looks amazing and is sturdy and stylish, this is the one!  The good news is the entire collection is easy to build and inexpensive - for a couple hundred dollars you could be an entire set!

We love the contract between the wood top and painted bottom too - it's the best of both - all the warm wood textured, coupled with a clean lined base.

This is a great first set to build!


Photo Credit: mandi10uga

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Rectangle Box Frame Coffee Table

rectangle coffee table dimensions
Standard sized rectangle coffee table, works well with sofas or longer sectionals


Shopping List
  • 1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long (furring strips will work if straight and well sanded)
  • 18 - 2-1/2" long self tapping trim screws
  • 18 - 1-5/8" long self tapping trim screws
  • wood glue
  • paint and wood stain as desired
Cut List
  • 2 - 1x12 @ 44" - tabletop
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 15-1/4" - legs
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 41"
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 19-1/2"
Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Circular Saw
General Instructions

Sand cut boards with 120 grit sandpaper.


Step 1

Cut the tabletop boards using a miter saw or circular saw with a straight edge.

Layout the two tabletop boards.  Measure the width to make sure it is 22-1/2" wide.  If not, you will need to adjust a few cuts.

If you have a pocket hole jig, attach the two tabletop boards together at the center using 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

TIP: Stain the tabletop now on the top and side edges, but leave bottom unfinished to attach with glue to the frame.

Step 2

Build two of the side frames with the 2x2s.  Use glue and just one screw per joint to avoid splitting the wood.

Step 3

Attach together with the lateral frame pieces.  

Set on a level surface and make sure the frame sits flat and level.

Let glue dry.

Fill screw holes with wood filler.  Sand with 120 grit sandpaper.

Paint all edge expect the top edge - raw wood bonds better with glue.

Step 4

Apply glue generously to the top of the frame.

Place tabletop on top.

Attach with the shorter screws.