Truss Coffee Table

DIY truss coffee table plans
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This coffee table features a solid wood design, so you can paint or stain it any color.  It will add a rustic, authentic look to your space, and have the durability to put your feet up.  

This free plan includes shopping and cut list, step by step diagrams and reader submitted photos.

DIY truss coffee table plans
DIY truss coffee table plans
DIY truss coffee table plans

Why I Love this Coffee Table

This is such a beautiful coffee table!  The wood grains give it such a high end appearance, and it really transforms the room.  The angles give it a little more interest and detail.

coffee table truss style building

But I will be honest, those angles really gave me some doubts when I was building it.  See how all the top piece don't line up?  And if you look close, the cross bracing wasn't perfect.  I almost gave up on this project.  But I pushed through and it turned out so many times better than I could have expected.

Some details that could make this project even better - 

  • For the top, use 2x2s as breadboard ends to make the top look more interesting and finished
  • For the ends, use black lag screws to attach the two center stretcher pieces, so there's a hardware element showing
  • I used 2x4s for my base, I think it would have looked even better with 2x3s


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Also check out this Truss End Table plan that was built by my friend Ashley over at Shanty2Chic, this was the inspiration for the coffee table project.

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coffee table dimensions
Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List
  • 3 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long
  • 3 - 2x3 @ 8 feet long
  • For attaching, you can use countersunk screws (3" wood screws) or 2 1/2" PH screws and glue.

NOTE: I did end up using 2x4s for the base build instead of 2x3s.  This did change the end stretcher measurements to 17" instead of 19" and the cross bracing changed as well.

Cut List
  • 4 - 2x3 @ 16 3/4" (legs - both ends cut at 10 degrees off square BEVEL long point to short point, ends ARE parallel)
  • 4 - 2x3 @ 19" (end stretchers)
  • 1 - 2x3 @ 37 3/4" (bottom stretcher - both ends cut at 10 degrees off square ANGLE long point to long point ends are NOT parallel)
  • 1 - 2x3 @ 33 3/4" (top stretcher - both ends cut at 10 degrees off square ANGLE long point to long point ends are NOT parallel)
  • 2 - 2x3 @ 20" (truss detail - cut down to make up truss parts - if you saw cuts 55 degree angles, you can also cut these with ends parallel at 55 degrees off square, long point to short point, 15" long)
  • 5 - 2x6 @ 48" (tabletop)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

This is an advanced plan, do not tackle as a first project.

Make sure your tabletop is dry, flat and level, as if the tabletop warps, it could lift the leg(s), and cause the coffee table to not sit level.

If you have trouble with your coffee table sitting level, leveling feet on the legs can help.


Step 1

First, build your two leg ends. They will be identical. You can use 1 1/2" pocket holes on each end of the aprons and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws to attach, or you can attach from outsides with screws and glue.

If you choose to countersink, first drill a hole the size of your screw head 1 1/2" into the leg. Then attach your screw, countersinking the head into the leg 1 1/2".

TIP: If you plan to attach the coffee table top to the base in later steps with pocket holes (see step 5) then drill 1 1/2" pocket holes facing upward on insides of top aprons.

Step 2

First, with the legs upside down, attach the shorter center piece at the top, so the top is flush to the top of the legs.  I used 2-1/2" screws from outside, centering everything.

Then attach the lower center piece.

Step 3

Position your cross support pieces beside the final position, and trace with a pencil.  Cut with a circular saw.

Attach in place with glue and a screw at the pointed end of the cross support pieces.

Step 4

I recommend building tabletop first with 1 1/2" PHs and 2 1/2" PH screws, or edge gluing and clamping to create your tabletop.

In the photo, I cut the tabletop boards down to 45" and then added 2x2s on the ends for a more finished look, this is optional.

Attach the tabletop to the base with screws from the top or through pocket holes drilled in the inside of the aprons.

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.
Finish Used
The stain color as shown is Golden Oak by Varathane.



Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:57

I'm interested in building this coffee table and would like to use some wood harvested from my family farm for the top.  It was originally cut to be used for flooring.  There are 3", 4", and 5" wide pieces.  The problem is these are 3/4"-1" thick, so they are more like 1X's than the 2X's called for.  How can I modify this plan to use these boards without altering the overall aesthetic of the table?  Thanks in advance for the suggestions!