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2' x 4' Coffee Table Project

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How to build a 1200mm x 600mm (2ft x 4ft) Coffee Table
Page Contents
1: Introduction, the plans and cutting list
2: Measurements, wood, and wood sizes you are on this page
3: Fixing the top rails and corner supports
4: Preparing and fixing the legs
5: User Photos/Comments

Measurements, wood, and wood sizes

All measurements throughout this project are given in both Metric (mm) and Standard/Imperial inches.
The measurements are given first in millimeters (mm), followed by inches in brackets ( ).

Wood types
The type of wood is a personal choice but should be of a good grade. Are you going to paint the finished table? Maybe stain and varnish it? Take this into consideration when choosing the type of wood. For the table top, use a piece of 20mm (3/4") thick MDF (medium density fibre board), custom wood, plywood or similar type of board.

Wood sizes
The widths and thicknesses of the wood are common sizes that can be obtained from most building suppliers or lumber stores.

Also, note that the stock sizes (widths and thicknesses) given throughout this project are the sizes before the wood is dressed or surfaced (the nominal size). For example: a piece of 100mm x 50mm (2" x 4") wood might actually be 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 3 1/2"), which is called the actual size..

Below is a 'nominal' versus 'actual' table, listing the wood sizes used in this project.

Standard (inches)
1" x 1" 3/4" x 3/4"
2" x 2" 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
2" x 4" 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Metric (millimetres)
25mm x 25mm 20mm x 20mm
50mm x 50mm 45mm x 45mm
100mm x 50mm 90mm x 45mm