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.


Chris Hluchyj (not verified)

Sun, 12/02/2012 - 15:42

Where was the hardware bought from?

Ben E. (not verified)

Wed, 12/05/2012 - 12:29

I like the design, made one for myself.…eekend-project/

This is what I purchased to cut down on waste.

3 – 2x4 – 8 feet or stud length ripped excess boards down to 2x2's on the table saw.
1 – 1x12 – 8 feet long
2 – 2x6 – 10 feet
1 - 2x6 - 8 feet
1 ¼” and 2 ½” PH screws

jwarner (not verified)

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:19

I was looking at the diagram, and the X is attached at the top and bottom, but when it was made it was attached to the sides. Shouldn't the cut list be different if it is attached to the sides? Or is this just Hillary's version? Looks good either way, just curious.

jwarner (not verified)

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:20

I was looking at the diagram, and the X is attached at the top and bottom, but when it was made it was attached to the sides. Shouldn't the cut list be different if it is attached to the sides? Or is this just Hillary's version? Looks good either way, just curious.

Chad (not verified)

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 18:45

I have a silly question: is the X strictly necessary? I'd prefer to have both ends open. Would I need to reinforce it some other way?

Carina Vause (not verified)

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:25

Please excuse the simple nature of my questions. I have never done a woodworking project and hope to make this my first.

1) How many PH's per board to attach each of the top boards and shelf boards to one another?

2) When you attach the bottom shelf I assume you flip it over and attach them from the bottom with PHs. What holds the board in place while you are trying to screw it upside down. Seems ackward the way I am visualizing it, but I'm sure there is a way that you experience people know of.

Thanks so much!

JessicaB (not verified)

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:11

Hi Ana! I'm obsessed with your site and am now convinced (and confident!) to build my own coffee table. I live in a small one bedroom in manhattan. I was hoping not to purchase a saw as this is 1) expensive and 2) takes up much needed storage! Do you think I would get by if I just had home depot cut the wood to the specified sizes? If not, is there a compact, affordable and safe saw that you would recommend? Thank you so much!

Hillary @ The … (not verified)

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:57

Hey, Jessica! I doubt that you can get someone at Home Depot to make these cuts...unless you make good friends with one of the employees! Too many cuts for this and too much precision required. Plus, I've heard from Daniel at Manhattan Nest that the HDs in your city are pretty crappy with their cuts. A shop teacher from a local high school might be willing to make the cuts for you, for a small fee.

Any small miter saw will do most of what you need for Ana's plans and miter saws are the safest and easiest to use of all the saws out there, I think. Pawn shops and Craigslist are great resources for inexpensive ones -- you don't need a brand new one, though you might want to invest in a new blade. Or get yourself a nice handsaw and a miter box.

Good luck!