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How to build a small Coffee Table [Table of contents below]

small coffee table


smallish coffee table

This is a smallish coffee table and could also be used for a side table or end table.
It stands 370mm (14-3/4") high and is 700mm (28") long and 630mm (21") wide.

Related topics: Plans for a bigger coffee table can be seen here

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 ( ).

The table is designed with the home handyman in mind. It is both easy to build and is very sturdy. The minimum tools required to construct this coffee table are.... Pencil; square; measuring tape; handsaw; hammer; chisel; a couple of clamps and lots of sandpaper. Most handymen are likely to have those tools in their arsenal.

Of course..... it would make life easier if you also happened to have a drop-saw and a belt sander.

Plans for two coffee tables Note: As well as this free online version, You can also purchase this plan, which is included in a 'two coffee table plans' combo pack (two for the price of one). Both plans are in one downloadable PDF file, print-friendly and in clean copy (free of ads) for only $5.00.   Click here to purchase.
The plans can be purchased online and immediately downloaded to your computer.

About the wood

The wood used for this coffee table was 90mm x 45mm (1 1/2" x 3 1/2") dressed/surfaced cedar.

This cedar is reddish in color, light and easy to work with. Other wood can be used.

Virtually any wood can be used for this project, just allow for different widths and thicknesses, and also take into account, the finish. Is the table to be painted, stained and/or coated with polyurethane?
Obviously, if the table is to be painted, then an inferior and less expensive wood can be used, as imperfections (within reason) can be filled and painted over.

About the glue

The glue used to make this table was an epoxy glue, a two part mix where an epoxy resin is mixed with an epoxy hardener. Most hardware stores stock epoxy glues.

Some glues do not take to types of chemicals contained in certain woods, always read instructions and conditions before purchase.

Materials + quantities

coffee table materials list



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• P 01. Introduction, the wood, the glue, the materials + quantities
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