Square Coffee Table with Drawers

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A square coffee table with lower drawers and an optional large shelf, this woodworking plan is easy to modify in size and functionality.  We love the square size and the wood construction, you can paint or stain it any color you please. Free step by step plans.

All of my projects are inspired by function. Furniture can have style and solve a problem at the same time. Last night I found myself sitting at the computer browsing through all of these projects and decided it was time to go through the Google sketch-up tutorial from Ana and learn how to create my own plans for my dream functioning square coffee table. At step 3 or 4 I was pulling my hair and couldn't figure out why I was wasting my time when I could have drawn it faster on graph paper (that's how we were taught back in the 90's). Once I caught on I found myself up till 4 in the morning playing around. Then when I got the hang of it I preceded with my coffee table. I can't wait to build it!

All of my projects are inspired by function. Furniture can have style and solve a problem at the same time. Last night I found myself sitting at the computer browsing through all of these projects and decided it was time to go through the Google sketch-up tutorial from Ana and learn how to create my own plans for my dream functioning square coffee table. At step 3 or 4 I was pulling my hair and couldn't figure out why I was wasting my time when I could have drawn it faster on graph paper (that's how we were taught back in the 90's). Once I caught on I found myself up till 4 in the morning playing around. Then when I got the hang of it I preceded with my coffee table. I can't wait to build it!
Skill Level: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: \$50-\$100

Dimensions
35.5″W x 35.5″D x 18.75″H

Preparation

Shopping List
• 7- 2×2 @ 8 feet long
• 5- 1×2 @ 8 feet long
• 3- 1×4 @ 8 feet long
• 5- 1×6 @ 8 feet long
• 1/2 sheet of 3/4″ hardwood plywood
• drawer slides & drawer pulls/handles
• screws, nails
• finishing supplies
Cut List
• 4 – 2×2 @ 18″ (legs)
• 15 - 2×2 @ 31 1/2″ (parts of front back sides & drawer supports)
• 6 – 1×2 @ 5 3/4″ (front and back drawer dividers)
• 7 – 1×2 @ 31 1/2″ (drawer slide supports)
• 36 – 1×4 @ 5 3/4″ (planks for sides)
• 2 – 1×2 @ 32 1/2″ (top trim)
• 2 – 1×2 @ 35 1/2″ (top trim)
• 1 – 3/4″ plywood @ 32 1/2″ x 32 1/2″ (top) IF YOU ARE PAINTING just use a solid piece of MDF: 35 1/2″ x 35 1/2″ no trim pieces needed
• 2 – 1×6 @ 14 1/8″ (lg drawer back)
• 2 – 1×6 @ 15 1/8″ (lg drawer front)
• 20 – 1×6 @ 15″ (lg & sm drawer sides)
• 3 – 1×6 @ 8 3/4″ (sm drawer back)
• 3 – 1×6 @ 9 3/4″ (sm drawer front) for the drawer bottoms use the left over plywood or mdf
• 6 – 3/4″ plywood @ 7 1/4″ x 15″ (sm drawer bottoms)
• 4 – 3/4″ plywood @ 12 5/8″ x 15″ (sm drawer bottoms)
Tools

Step 1

Build 2 of these side pieces. I would use the Kreg Jig™ and pocket hole screws for this project but maybe nails and wood glue would also work. A flat work surface is a must.

Step 2

Build 2 of these pieces. One for the front and back. Make sure your measurements are right on and square for a proper drawer fit.

Step 3

Attach the front, back, and sides together. Make sure your box is square.

Step 4

Attach the boards for the drawer slides. There are 4 in this step 2 on each side.

Step 6

Attach the support for the top drawer slides. Same as step 5.

Step 7

Center the top piece on the frame and attach with 2″ nails and glue.

IF YOU ARE PAINTING and went with a solid piece of MDF for the top piece, center it on the top of the box with a 1/2″ overhang and attach with 2″ nails and glue.

Step 8

Attach the trim with 2″ nails and glue. There should be a 1/2″ overhang on each side.

If you used MDF for the full top skip this step.

Step 9

Build your drawers around the drawer bottom. Be precise with your measurements and keep them square.

Install drawer slides and drawer pulls.

Step 10

This is an idea if you don’t need as many drawers.

I have a bin that I throw scraps of wood in and this plan will definitely use a lot of those scraps. I estimated the cost of wood by using furring strips.

I will be painting and distressing mine so I am going to use MDF for the top piece.

In between each layer of paint I rub the surface down with steel wool and wipe off the dust with a damp cloth. Thinner coats are better.

Project Type
Room