Rustic X Coffee Table

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

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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.

Dimensions
rustic x coffee table dimensions
Dimensions are shown above

Preparation

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)
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
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!

Instructions

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.

Comments

bootchie

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?

tylerrankin90

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:22

Hello all, 

I am almost finished with this project and either the top was not all the way flat or the base wasn't exactly square. Either way, the table is not completely flat. I could obviously just sand down 1 or two of the legs to make it sit flat, but it still won't be square. Any tips that I could try?

 

Thanks guys.

larosemore

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 14:17

Hi!

I just completed all of the building but I am wanting to know what kind of stain you used. 

Thank you!

C56sera

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 20:27

I am new to furniture building and to using the kreg jig... I am at the point of putting the lower shelf together.. after I join the two 1x12 pieces together, are the pocket holes made on outer edges of the shelf piece and then screwed into the frame?? step 3 reads:

Build your bottom shelf with 3/4" PHs 1/14 PH screws down the center.Then drill 3/4" PHs around all outside edges and attach to the bottom shelf.  Was not sure if it was meant to read attach to the bottom frame.. since it would be difficult to drill pocket holes after the frame has been already assembled.... Just need some clarification. and advice as to how best to hold the shelf in position as i attach it... Thank you for your help:)

C56sera

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 22:05

Thanks Ana.. I was able to put it in no problem . Now on to the X pieces.. I was able to cut them.

I cut them as shown in the photo which is different from your plans. Can you tell me what the best way would be to attach them.. One of my long pieces is pretty snug so I think wood glue will work but my short pieces are not as snug and needs a little more  to hold them in place. Can you do ph's on an angled end???one comment said something about toenailing a nail but  I dont know how to do that.. what do you suggest??

Thanks again !