You can build a beautiful coffee table out of lumber! For about $50 in materials, this solid wood coffee table with it's X detailing could be yours. Our free plans include step by step diagrams, shopping lists and cut list - everything you need to get started.
- 2 – 2x4 – 8 feet or stud length
- 4 – 2x2 – 8 feet
- 1 – 1x12 – 8 feet long
- 5 – 2x6 – stud length
- 1 ¼” and 2 ½” Pocket Hole screws
- 4 – 2x4 @ 16 ½” (legs)
- 4 – 2x2 @ 41” (side trim)
- 4 – 2x4 @ 22 ½” (end trim)
- 2 – 1x12 @ 41” (bottom shelf)
- 2 – 2x2 @ 22 ½” (both ends cut at 60 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends are parallel)
- 4 – 2x2 @ 11 ¼” (long point to short point, one end cut at 60 degrees off square, other end cut at 30 degrees off square, ends are not parallel but are cut in same direction)
- 5 – 2x6 @ 52” (tabletop boards)
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!
First build the two side trim pieces.
Then connect together. Hide top pocket holes on top, bottom pocket holes on bottom. NOTE: This plan is sized for 1x12 boards measuring 11 1/4" wide - measure your 1x12 boards, double that number, and cut your side trim to fit - see next step.
Build your bottom shelf with 3/4" PHs/1 1/4" PH screws down center. Then drill 3/4" PHs around all outside edges and attach to the bottom shelf.
Now attach cut and build the X braces. Attach in place. These are mostly decorative, so don't stress about getting them super screwed in place. Some good glue and screws will do the trick.
For the top, we recommend building the entire top with 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws on a flat level surface.
Then attached the completed top to the base.
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.