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

The Instructions

Step 1. Cut the members

Cut all the members (pieces of wood) to the measurements given in the 'plans' and 'cutting list' on the first page.

Step 2. Fix the top rails to the table top

Place the table top (c) upside down on an even floor, saw stools or workbench. Position the top rails (b) on the underside of the table top so that they are touching at each corner and also centered on the table top, as shown in the diagram below.

underneath of a coffee table

Next, lay the 4 fillets (e) in place against the top rails (b) and the underside of the table top (c). batten around the underside of the coffee table top

Screw through the fillets (e) into the table top (c) and then screw through the fillets (e) into the top rails (b). Sometimes it might be easier to pre-drill the screw holes through the fillets.

Step 3. Fix the corner supports to the top rails

coffee table corners

Lay the 4 corner supports (d) in place in the corners against the top rails (b) and fasten with screws; four to each corner.

coffee table corner piece
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