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I have been wanting to refresh my living room for quite sometime and searched all over for a new coffee table. I found one that I loved but it was $2000 and I didn’t love the price! So I did some thinking, found some legs from my friends over at Carolina Leg Co. and decided I was going to build the table! I built the entire thing for under $350 and am pretty dang proud of that!
Let’s get building!
• 4 - 4”x4”x18” turned legs (we used these)
• 8 - 1x4 cut at 27 1/2” (skirts)
• 7 - 2x6 cut at 27 1/2” (tabletop center boards)
• 2 - 2x6 cut at 38 1/2” (breadboard ends - cut to fit)
• 6 1x6 for the bottom, measure and cut to size or use 1 - 3/4” plywood cut to size of bottom after measured.
1. Start by attaching the aprons to the legs on the sides - drill (2) 3/4 inch pocket holes into the ends of each 1x4 and inset the skirts a 1/4 inch. You will repeat this process for all 4 sides, top and bottom. For the top skirts, drill 3/4 inch pocket holes facing upward to later attach to the tabletop.
TIP! If you are using 1x6 boards for the bottom, pocket holes aren’t necessary on the 1x4 facing upward to attach, however, they are necessary if using plywood. See image 1 for example of pocket holes.
2. Next, cut your 1x6 to size, drill 3/4 inch pocket holes into each board (see image one for example) for the bottom table. Pocket holes should be on the sides and ends to fully attach to the skirt. You will need to notch out the corners of the bottom shelf with jigsaw. Test fit the corners and then start to assemble. If you are using plywood for the bottom, drill 3/4” pocket holes every 8” or so around all bottom edges of bottom shelf. Attach bottom shelf inset inside bottom aprons with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue.
3. Next, build the tabletop. Take your 2x6 pine boards for the center that are cut at 27 1/2 and drill 1-1/2 inch pocket holes. Using wood glue for each side, place the boards together and use 2-1/2 inch pocket hole screws to attach.
TIP! I like to use a bar clamp to keep my boards tightly together as I attach them. See image 1 for example
Once built, attach the prebuilt top to the base using the 3/4" pocket holes you drilled in step 1 with the aprons with 1-1/4" pocket hole scews, centering top on base.
4. Next up, sand the table using 100 grit paper for a smooth finish. Then choose to paint and/ or staining! I love to mix stains and use minwax majority of the time for my staining projects. I took a staining pad and dipped in it driftwood and early American and stained the whole table. Once dry, I mixed 1 part white paint to 4 parts water and applied a white wash. I love the look it gives! You can then wipe up the white wash, do a light sand or leave as is! Then seal with minwax poly, I use the matte!
Image 2. Note the 3/4 inch pocket holes on the skirts for the table top. This is what you’ll attach to the table top and secure with 1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws.
And that’s it! You’ve just built yourself a coffee table! Tag me on IG @thesassybarn so I can see your beautiful work!
I have an entire highlight on the building process on my Instagram that I linked HERE!