Free easy plans to build a truss coffee table out of 2x4s from Ana-White.com
4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
3- 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long or stud length
2 - 2x6 @ 10 feet long
1 1/4" and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws
2 1/2" wood screws (decorative screws for attaching top to bases)
6 - 2x4 @ 24 1/2"
6 - 2x4 @ 16 1/2"
6 - 2x4 @ 12 1/8" (Both ends BEVELED at 40 degrees off square with ends parallel)
4 - 2x2 @ 20"
10 - 1x3 @ 20"
5 - 2x6 @ 50 1/2"
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!
Start by making three of the truss frames. Whitney opted for wheels so you cut her legs shorter. If you opt for pocket holes, place on top of top board and bottom of bottom board - the top gets covered by the tabletop boards, and the bottom will be hidden underneath.
Add the truss detail in. The easiest and most hidden way to do this is to nail or screw from tops and bottoms with 2 1/2" screws or longer.
Take the three trusses and joint together with side aprons. The best way is pocket holes on the insides.
Next, add in the rungs. The best way is 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws on the underside.
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.