Rustic X Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 10:40
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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.



Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:34

I can't figure out this x!?! I cut the length and the angles I think we're cut at to much of an angle, but I think the length would still be short?? What can I set my miter saw to so that the angles and length are correct? Help please!!


Sat, 03/14/2015 - 22:40

The x cut the easy the plans are drawn I'd tricky because not very many miter saw cut at 60deg. This is probable the reason the picture shows the x attached to the side instead of the top. To cut a 60 deg will either need to put the 2x2 perpendicular to the miter fence and make a 30 deg cut. This can be dangerous because it's hard to clamp the stock. I chose to make a jig at 45deg and cut at 15. Matching up miter cuts can be tricky and I have alot of scraps to prove it. To do the length, make your first miter cut. Measure from the outside edge of the cut you just made to the point where you want the inside of your other miter. By outside I mean thinner or longest part of tg miter cut. If you made a 60deg cut, the outside would be the 30 deg angle. When you start cutting at your inside miter mark, your outside edge should be longer. It works itself out. All that being said, measure from the corner of wherever you want your 60 deg to be, to where you want the inside edge of your other miter cut to be. It sounds complicated, but it's easier when you look at it.


Sun, 03/15/2015 - 03:41

Meant to say: to cut the x the way the plans are written is tricky

Angel Rose

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 16:36

Built the base of the table perfectly square(wellmaybe not perfect,but close) my top warped a bit as the boards dried. When I screwed them together, it pulls my base up to the warped top and it is now terribly teeter-y. How do I fix this!?!?


Tue, 05/05/2015 - 08:54

Trying to build this for my gf. How do you select straight enough boards? My lowes doesn't seem to have many. Is there a way to make a pretty close one straight


Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:21

Hey there! I just built this table this past weekend- my first build!! I'll do a brag post after I stain it. I found some clavos on ebay, but I'm curious about the corner hardware. Are those just L brackets spray painted black? Thanks!


Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:14

When does this come in to play? I don't see any nailing in the directions? And what size nails?