Rustic X Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 10:40
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Hey hey!

Happy Monday!

Thanks so much with your patience with the site this morning.  We are growing (it's a good thing!) and are due for a server upgrade, but ALWAYS know keeping the site up and running fast is super important to me, and we are working very hard to improve the user experience of this site.  What can I say?  I APPRECIATE you each and every time you visit, and want to make sure each time you visit is pleasant for you.  Thank you!

We have started working again at the Momplex!  So this week, I will start posting about our progress up there!  I also owe you some Alaska stuff too :)  Cause you ARE going to come visit, right?  

But today, I just couldn't wait to share a new plan with you!

Remember a bit back when <the super amazing> Hillary built this amazing Rustic X Console Table from 2x4s? 

Yup, 2x4s!  And some Hillary magic.

Well, after 22,000 of YOU <hey, thanks!> pinned the console table, of course we HAD to put together coffee table plans for you!

And man is she beautiful!

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

PS - Hillary is also be sharing her finishing tutorial and <gasp!> an end table plan!!!!  Can't wait!

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” PH 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

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.



Sat, 10/05/2013 - 19:25

First of all, I sincerely love this site and the step by step instructions! My hubby is having a blast with me searching on your site! I know this is somewhat of a silly question, as we've done a few projects from this site, however our costs tend to be higher than what's projected. I assume it's because we are using higher quality wood, maybe? For this particular project, what type of wood do you recommend using? Thanks!


Thu, 10/24/2013 - 13:02

So this was my first time building a good quality piece of furniture, and I've never worked with wood filler before. I didn't realize how careful you needed to be with it - some (okay, a lot) dried outside of the holes. I did sand, but it didn't get all the way out before I oxidized; now I have big white blotches where the wood filler was. Is there any way to fix this? Should I sand it ALL out and restart- should I paint the piece a different color?

The oxidizing would've been perfect (and the table is great!) if I hadn't messed it up with the wood filler. I'm hoping I can somehow salvage???


Thu, 02/06/2014 - 05:05

Hi Ana and gang!
Slowly i have been building things using many of your plans. I stumbled across your coffee table plan and decides to make a few revisions to better suit my home and two wood chewing dogs. I really liked the X-design but wanted to prevent 2 over 70lb dogs from walking through the large opening so I made big "V"s instead of smaller "X"s.


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 10:44


I'm in the middle of building this, but have one quick question...what are the black bracket things on the corners of the tabletop? I have no idea what they're called or used for, but they look really good on the table. Thanks!


Tue, 04/29/2014 - 14:57

Hey Ana!

I'm wondering if you can share how you painted the decorative hardware. Did you just spray paint it? Any special prep to ensure it sticks/doesn't chip?

Thanks so much!


Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:51

Hi there,

Do you happen to have any way of making plans for this coffee table in a square design? If not, do you have any suggestions? Love your designs and your ideas... thank you so much for sharing all of them!

Thanks so much!

P.s. I am super amazed that you have kids, a husband, a house to keep and you still get all of this done. When I'm working on building something, the cleanliness of my house quickly goes downhill. It seems I can either have one or the other, but yet I keep on coming back for more! I've come to the conclusion that you must have a cleaning lady. That is the way I rationalize my inability to keep up with both... shhh, don't ruin it for me. ;o)

Sarah Martina

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 23:48

Has anyone found a basket (or set of baskets) that fit well with the suggested measurements of this table?

Hubby built this table before I could find baskets, and now I can't find anything that doesn't seem to be "swallowed" by the width of the table.

Otherwise we LOVE it. It is sturdy and withstands my two young boys plopping down on it throughout the day. ;)