Waterfall Framed 60” Rectangle Coffee Table

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Free woodworking plans to build a modern, waterfall framed coffee table using 1x12s and 1x3 boards.  This generously sized coffee table features mitered corners, a minimal, modern design, and large bottom shelf for storage.  It's a beauty!  Cost of lumber was about $150.  Step by step plans from Ana-White.com

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Why I Built This Coffee Table

I built a similar styled console table here and the 52" version here (pictured below), and was just smitten with the sleek but rustic design, and just had to build the matching coffee table.  

Pottery barn folsom console

This entire collection is so beautiful!

Watch the Console Table Build Video

While I did not film the coffee table build, I did film the matching console table build, and the build steps are very similar.  Please take a second to watch that video -

How I Built this Coffee Table

This coffee table was a challenge for me, but I enjoyed stretching my skills and creating something I was super proud of in the end.  Do not attempt this project without the right tools and a good amount of building experience.  This is an advanced project.

coffee table building steps

Here's the lumber I started with.  I did run the boards through the table saw to create the square edges.  My 1x12s ended up measuring 11-1/8" wide - just make sure all the 1x12 widths are the same.  The 1x3s I actually ripped from 1x6 boards to get that square edge.

cutting with a miter saw

After testing my saw, I cut the face frame boards first.  I am using a 10" sliding compound miter saw.  This is the smallest saw I would recommend, a 12" would work better.

face frame boards for coffee table

Here's the face frame pieces cut.

face frame pocket holes mitered corners

Then I drilled 3/4" pocket holes on the ends of the shorter face frame boards.  I was careful not to let any pocket holes show on the side edges of the face frame boards.

kreg jig face frame

Then I clamped the face frame boards and attach with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

completed face frames mitered corners

The two face frames need to match EXACTLY.  

Now for the 1x12s.

bevel cut miter corners

It was actually a challenge to make the 45 degree bevel cuts on the saw, the 1x12s wanted to move on me as I was cutting.  Do double check your cuts and make sure they are straight all the way across.  

pocket holes joining panels

Here's the two top pieces.  I drilled pocket holes to attach the two pieces together, and also pocket holes to attach to the face frames.

attaching panels to face frame

After joining the two 1x12 pieces together, I attached to one of the face frames.

attaching sides to face frame

Then I repeated those steps for the two side panels.

attaching second face frame

Then I attach the second face frame.

nailing corners with brad nails

For the corners, I nailed with 1-1/4" brad nails.

strengthening top and bottom spans

On the underside of the top (and later the bottom shelf) I added the 1x2 supports to help support the center of the coffee table.

attaching bottom shelf

Then I cut the bottom pieces, attach together and then fit inside the two face frames and attach to the coffee table.  

inside side panels

The inside pieces are 1x12s pocket holed together and set in place.

fitting side panels

I had to use a screw to help me pull the panel back in place when I was setting it (see the screw at the top left?). Then later I removed the screw. 

I nailed the inside panels on with 1-1/4" brad nails.

unsanded coffee table

Construction is done!

This took about 3 hours to this point.

I filled the few nail holes with wood filler.  I also filled the corners that ended up having small gaps.

sanded coffee table

Then I sanded with 120 grit sandpaper in the direction of the wood grain.


stained coffee table

I stained the entire project with "golden oak" by Varathane.  It was not right...

white wash over yellow stain

So I added a watered down white paint layer,

white wash finish

Wiping it in and off in a very light layer.  So much better!

whitewashed stained wood

To protect the finish and make it wipe clean, I added a layer of clear Polyurethane.

This coffee table was not easy to build, but it was worth it!!  I ended up spending about 8 hours on it and $150 in lumber.  It is gorgeous, and I'm very proud that I was able to take on such a great project.  

finished coffee table photo


Free Plans to Build This Coffee Table

Here's the free plans to build this coffee table.  Please send us in a photo if you build, we love seeing your work!

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Waterfall Framed 60” Rectangle Coffee Table

coffee table dimensions
Extra large rectangle coffee table - dimensions 5 feet wide x 2 feet deep x 18" tall


Shopping List
  • 4 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
  • 4 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 100 - 1-1/4" coarse thread pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4" brad nails 
  • wood glue
  • stain, whitewash and poly (or other finishing materials)

The 1x12 boards need to be very square with no cupping, crowning or warping.  Make sure they are dry. 

You can rip rounded edges off with a table saw for a more precise edge to edge joint (I did)

Cut List
  • 4 - 1x3 @ 60" - both ends cut at 45 degree ANGLE, ends NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement (face frame)
  • 4 - 1x3 @ 18" - both ends cut at 45 degree ANGLE, ends NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement (face frame)
  • 2 - 1x12 @ 60" - both ends cut at 45 degree BEVEL, ends NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement (top)
  • 4 - 1x12 @ 18" - one end cut at 45 degree BEVEL, long point measurement (outside sides)
  • 2 - 1x12 @ 58-1/2" (bottom shelf)
  • 4 - 1x12 @ about 14-3/4" (inside sides)

Cut longest boards first

All the 1x12 bevel cuts will fit on two boards, you can use the bevel cut from the previous cut to make the next cut.

It is difficult to cut the 1x12 bevels - practice and measure and make sure the cut is square all the way across

Cutting Instructions

You will need a 10" sliding miter saw (12" preferred) to make these cuts

Test the miter and bevel on your miter saw and make sure cuts are precise using a speed square.  Adjust if 45 degree angle and bevel are not dead on.


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Cut the 1x4 boards for the face frames.

On the smaller face frame boards, drill two 3/4" pocket holes on each end as shown.  Make sure the pocket hole is not visible on the outside of the face frame.

Attach together with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Build two frames - make sure the two frames are identical.

Step 2

From one 1x12 board, cut the first top piece with ends beveled at 45 degrees.  Make sure the cut is straight across - double check with a speed square.  Reserve the scrap for cutting the side panels.

Cut the second top piece.

Drill pocket holes as shown to join the two tabletop boards together.  Make sure pocket holes are drilled for attaching face frames on both sides.

Use 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and clamp each joint. 

Then carefully attach the entire top piece to one of the face frames.  The face frame and top should be perfectly smooth.

Step 3

Repeat these steps for the two side panels. Make sure pocket holes are drilled for attaching both face frames.

Attach the two side panels to the top with 1-1/4" brad nails.

Step 4

Attach the sides and top to the second face frame.

Step 5

Cut the bottom shelf boards and drill pocket holes to join boards together.  Also drill 3/4" pocket holes around all sides for attaching inside the face frame.

Carefully place inside the face frames.

Attach with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws, matching the top of the shelf with the top of the face frame insides as you attach.

Step 6

Measure and cut the inside panels.

Attach together at the center with pocket holes.

Then place inside the face frame and nail to the coffee table.

I also added screws from the bottom.

Step 7

Since the coffee table shelf and top have a wide span, 1x2s underneath can help.  

But do make sure your 1x12s are fully acclimated to your moisture in your home (may be drier) before measuring and cutting these boards.

Measure and cut to fit the inside width.

Drill a pocket hole on each end, and three along the length.

Attach, about 20" from the sides, on both the top and bottom shelf, with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all nail holes and any gaps at corner with wood filler and let dry.
Sand with 120 grit sandpaper in the direction of the wood grain.
Finish Used
I used a golden oak stain, followed by a whitewash paint layer.
I sanded with 220 grits sandpaper, very lightly.
I then vacuumed off any sanding residue, and wiped with a damp, lint free cloth.
Finally, I added a layer of poly to protect the finish and make it wipe clean.