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How to build a 1200mm (4ft) rectangle Coffee Table [Table of contents below]

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.

wood nominal size chart

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