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Why I Built This Coffee Table
I built a similar style console table HERE and the 52″ version here (pictured below), and just struck by the intricate yet rustic design, and just right THERE to create the corresponding coffee table.
This whole collection is amazing!
Watch the Console Table Build Video
While I didn’t film the construction of the coffee table, I did film the corresponding construction of the console table, and the construction steps are very similar. Please take a second to watch that video –
How I Made This Coffee Table
This coffee table was a challenge for me, but I enjoyed stretching my skills and creating something I’m proud of in the end. Do not attempt this project without the proper tools and extensive construction experience. This is an advanced project.
Here is the tree I started with. I ran the boards through the table saw to make the square edges. My 1x12s ended up measuring 11-1/8″ wide – just make sure all the 1×12’s are the same width. The 1x3s I cut from the 1×6 boards to get the square edge.
After testing my saw, I cut the face frame boards first. I use a 10″ sliding compound miter saw. This is the smallest saw I would recommend, 12″ is better.
Here are the face frame pieces cut out.
I then drilled 3/4″ pocket holes in the ends of the shorter face frame boards. I was careful not to expose any of the pocket holes on the side edges of the face frame boards.
Then I clamped the boards to the face frame and attached with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
The two face frames must match EXACTLY.
Now for the 1x12s.
It was actually a challenge to make 45 degree bevel cuts on the saw, the 1x12s wanted to move me as I cut. Double check your cuts and make sure they are straight throughout.
Here are the two top pieces. I drilled pocket holes to connect the two pieces, and also pocket holes to attach to the face frames.
After joining the two 1×12 pieces, I attached one of the face frames.
Then I repeated those steps for both side panels.
Then I attached the second frame to the face.
For the corners, I nailed with 1-1/4″ brad nails.
On the underside of the top (and later the bottom shelf) I added a 1×2 support to help support the center of the coffee table.
Then I cut the bottom pieces, joined and then fit inside the two face frames and attached to the coffee table.
The inside pieces are 1x12s pocket punched and held in place.
I had to use a screw to help me pull the panel back into place when I put it in (see the screw in the upper left?). Then I removed the screw.
I nailed the inside panels with 1-1/4″ brad nails.
The build is complete!
It took about 3 hours to this point.
I filled some of the nail holes with wood filler. I also filled the corners that ended up with small gaps.
Then I sanded with 120 grit sandpaper in the direction of the wood grain.
I stained the entire project with “golden oak” by Varathane. It’s not right…
So I added a watered down white layer of paint,
Rub it in and out in a very light layer. Even better!
To protect the finish and keep it clean, I added a layer of clear Polyurethane.
This coffee table is not easy to make, but it is worth it!! I ended up spending about 8 hours on it and $150 in lumber. It’s great, and I’m very proud to have done such a great project.
Free Plans to Build This Coffee Table
Here are free plans to build this coffee table. Please send us a photo when you build, we’d love to see your work!