Medium size coffee table
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2′ x 4′ coffee table plans & instructions – $5.00 USD
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Specification: Medium size coffee table
This is a really great plan. I managed to recycle all the required wood from past projects-gone-bad and the salvage bin from my local lumber yard. Took a little extra work with an orbital sander but well worth the effort. Total cost came to about $20 over the course of about two weeks to complete, but this could be done in a few evenings or easily in a weekend provided you don’t have to travel back to the store.
Pay special attention when drilling holes for the bolts. A mistake here can make the table go wonky in spite of the painstakingly accurate measurements taken at the start.
Take your time, measure carefully, don’t be afraid to go back to the store to get the proper tools and you’ll be pleased with the result when it’s sitting in your living room. Vast improvement over the usual IKEA swag…
Sean, British Columbia, Canada
Enclosed are some pictures of the coffee table I built using the plans on your website.
I needed a coffee table so that my wife and I could have dinner while watching our favorite show, without craning our necks over the cats.
I also needed plans or guidance that did not involve dependence on high-end specialty power tools. I found that on your website.
The project took me about four weekends and cost me about $40 in materials.
The top is made of 3/4 inch birch plywood. The corner brackets were cut from a 2×4 stud. I used a mitre box to cut the 45 degree angle on each end. I had to substitute a 1X1 strips of trim for the fillets because the home improvement stores in my area did not carry the size described in the plans. The substitution worked just fine.
I used a handsaw to cut out the flat area on the legs where the carriage bolts are placed. I think this works better than cutting it out using a chisel. You should clamp the piece properly in order to use the saw so I can see why the chisel is also an option.
Since my tabletop is plywood, I wrapped the edge of the top using a veneer tape. The stuff can be applied using a household iron and can be trimmed, sanded and stained.
I used a Minwax oil based stain called Red Mahogany. I did pretreat the tabletop with a pre-stain. Primarily because I had some from a prior finishing project. I dont think its necessary.
I sealed the top with two coats of fast drying polyurethane (sanding in between of course).
Thanks for the clear and detailed plans. I will be building more projects from your site.
Carlos Ramos Belleville, New Jersey, USA
Thank you very much from sunny MacKay in Queensland Australia for the easy to read and easy to follow plans, as a novice woodworker I need all the help I can get.
Well I think it was a great project for the weekend. I enjoyed it a lot, it is now standing in my living room. I used Tasmanian oak for the table top, iron bark for the top rails, fillets and corner supports. It came up tremendous with the colour contrasts and a “Cabots” polyurethane clear finish.
Regards Phil and Jarryd
Dear Buildeazy, I recently finished working on my coffee table with the plans listen on your site. I really enjoyed working on it and I think the table came out looking pretty good. (at least me and my wife are happy with the results)
The plans were very easy and clear. I did make one alteration. In stead of using the wooden fillets I used metal figure 8 tabletop fasteners. thank you very much!
I have included some of the photo’s. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Another successful build. I downloaded your coffee table plans and then began to make adjustments for the lumber available in Corpus Christi. For example:
Top: 48 in x 20 in x 3/4 in.
Side Rails: 3.5 in x 3/4 in
Legs: 15 3/8 in x 1.5 in x 1.5 in.
Carriage Bolts 6 in x 1/4 in.
Since my tool choice is very limited and most cuts are made with hand saws I needed to purchace wood that was at least cut on one end. I made amends for off-square cuts with wood filler and it works fine. Notice in the pictures that my braces are slightly different than yours but they work fine. My carriage bolt is smaller than recommended but this table is really sturdy. Instead of shaving the legs to accept the bolts I took the chance to drill at the arris . With luck and a steady hand and a slight tap with a hammer it worked fine. The legs I purchased were a little short but I made up for that with the cushions on the bottom. I used glue only on the legs as I attached them to the top and the side panels. Total cost about $50 US. Not including staining (which begins today) it took me a total of about one day. I could cut that time in half now that I know what to do.
Anyway, many thanks for the plans. I hope to see more kid-oriented projects on your web site. I am trying to introduce my grandkids and their friends to tools and how to use them safely. And they have something to show off when a project is finished.
Jake Jacobi Corpus Christi, Texas USA