Rustic X Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:40
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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.

Also in this collection: Rustic X Console Table, Rustic X End Table, and Rustic X Bench Plans

rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans

Beginner Friendly Option

With the popularity of this plan, we have created a Beginner Friendly plan that is very similar.  It uses less tools and the overall cost is under $40.

farmhouse coffee table

The beginner plan is slightly smaller and has a slatted bottom shelf.  You can find the plans here.

Rustic X Coffee Table Plans

Remember a bit back when Hillary  from The Friendly Home built this amazing Rustic X Console Table from 2x4s? 

We've had so much interest from readers, we thought we'd add a coffee table plan to the collection.  

This coffee table is so gorgeous, it's hard to believe it's made from standard off the shelf lumber!

I ENCOURAGE you to stop over and visit Hillary and read about how she battled a wild fire to build this coffee table!  

PS - Hillary is also sharing her finishing tutorial.

rustic x coffee table dimensions
Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List
  • 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
Cut List
  • 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)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
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

First build the two side trim pieces.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

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.


Autum (not verified)

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 14:01

Hi. I am in the process of building this table. I have a question about the placement of the pocket holes for joining the top pieces. Lets call the top boards piece A,B,C,D and E. When joining A to B then B to C and so forth, do you recommend drilling all the pocket holes in board A with the screws going into board B or would it be better to alternate, drilling every other hole in A, with screws going into B, and the alternating holes would be drilled into B with screws going into A.
I hope this question makes sense. It sounds complicated but I have no idea how to word it more simply.

Thank you so much Ana and Hillary for the amazing plans and beautiful example. I am so excited to get this built. It will be a house warming gift for my best friend's son.

Hillary (not verified)

Sun, 09/23/2012 - 11:36

Hi, Autum. I just go one way. So drill into one edge of each board except the last one, and then join A to B, B to C, C to D, etc. The joints are really strong, especially with glue between the boards. No need to complicate it. :)

Natalie Spear (not verified)

Sun, 09/23/2012 - 14:19

My husband and i are getting ready to make this - can't wait!!!! Thank you for all your plans - and even more for making them free!!! Its wonderful to be able to afford beautiful pieces!

WTG (not verified)

Sun, 09/30/2012 - 16:56

If you are building this, be sure to purchase three (3) 2x2's by 8-ft long as the material list above is not sufficient. Also, if you are wanting to put baskets on the bottom shelf, be sure to measure the height of the baskets prior to cutting the legs - you may also want to modify the height of the legs or space between the bottom shelf and top support to allow enough space.

KevinPelo (not verified)

Sat, 10/27/2012 - 10:55

My wife and I really want to build this table. However, I am confused about something... The tools list says that you'll need a countersink drill bit, but nowhere in the building instructions does it say anything about countersinking screws. According to the plans, all of the wood is joined with pocket holes and screws using the Kreg Jig.

Do I need a countersink drill bit?


Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:51

Where does everyone buy their 2x4's? Do you just use the dimensional lumber from orange or blue? It's usually pretty rough and dinged up. Can you buy better quality 2x4's somewhere?

billy (not verified)

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 19:48

how is the bottom shelf held up????