Square Parsons Coffee Table

Square Parsons Coffee Table
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Beautiful wood coffee table with chunky 4x4 legs.  Free step by step plans from Ana-White.com

Square Parsons Coffee Table
Square Parsons Coffee Table
Square Parsons Coffee Table
Square Parsons Coffee Table
Square Parsons Coffee Table
Square Parsons Coffee Table
Dimensions are shown above. Table could be easily modified to dining size.


Shopping List
  • 2 – 1x4 @ 12 feet long
  • 1 – 1x12 @ 10 feet long
  • 1 – 4x4 @ 6 feet long
  • 1 1/4" Pocket Hole screws
  • Wood glue
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 8 feet or stud length (optional supports)
Cut List
  • 8 – 1x4 @ 33 3/4"
  • 3 – 1x12 @ 33 3/4" long
  • 4 – 4x4 @ 16” long (can be longer up to 18” for coffee table height)



  • 2 – 2x4 @ 39 ¼”
  • 2 – 2x4 @ 30 ¾”
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
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

For a smooth top, I recommend using a Kreg Jig to attach the boards together. Another option would be to use hardwood plywood for the center panel. Make sure you drill all of your PHs now - much easier to do now than later!

Step 2

Then attach legs to table top.

Step 3

Followed by the remaining breadboard sides.

Step 4

Jeff recommends also drilling PHs facing upward to connect aprons to tabletop with hidden joints.

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, 05/07/2012 - 13:22

Never knew these tables had a name. Now we know. I love the support legs how they come clear to the top of the table. I'll have to make one of these. Thanks for the plans.

Darin@Molnar.com (not verified)

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 18:32

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George (not verified)

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 23:43

Really inpired by the simplicity of this table.. Looks simple but designed to be stout. Dig it


Sat, 09/03/2016 - 12:40

Nice project, but for it to be a real "iTable" you need the cable management boxes they have within the tables.   I've not had the chance to get under there and see how they are routed.

I've also thought about how to mod an existing (wood) table to provide that feature - or something just as useful.