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.



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. ;)


Wed, 10/29/2014 - 03:12

Hi Ana,

Building this Rustic X Coffee Table this weekend. My first furniture project ... Curious where you found the decorative corners for this piece? After looking through a lot of your different ideas and projects, I need to find a supplier for this type of material...





Sat, 12/06/2014 - 07:51

I had the same problem as you. I went to several hardware stores and I was unable to find them. What I ended up having to do was purchase some metallic ones and sand them with fine grit sand paper. After doing this I spray painted them with a flat black (non-glossy) color. It worked for me.


Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:29

I am wanting to do a coffee table exactly in this style family, but I do not see the plans for the square size coffee table of this style.  Am I missing it?


Fri, 11/28/2014 - 21:47

Several sections in the instructions say to use 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" PH screws.


Step 5 Instructions: 
Build your top with 1 1/4" PHs and 2 1/2" PH screws. Then attach to top of table through the side support apron pieces with 2 1/2" screws (you can use a few PH screws if you have them handy).


So my question is, which screw length do I use in these sections? 1 1/4" or 2 1/2"?



Sat, 12/06/2014 - 07:48

I am currently building this table for my wife for our 5 year anniversary. I noticed a difference between the table and the plans. For some reason the X cross on either end of the table do not match the picture Ana put up of the table. I wonder why she chose to do this?


Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:53

What is the approximate cost of this project? Thanks for the help!