An easy to build, relatively lightweight coffee table, that is so stylish, and requires no special tools for building.
2 – 2×2 @ 6'
2 – 2×2 @ 8'
1 – 3/4×3/4 Trim @ 8'
1 – 3/4×3/4 Trim @ 10'
1 sheet of 3/4″ Plywood in a matching specie of wood (if possible) @ 4'x8' (or smaller if you can find a remnant)
4 – 2×2 @ 16″ (Legs)
4 – 2×2 @ 43″ (Front Back Rails)
4 – 2×2 @ 17″ (Side Rails)
2 – 3/4×3/4″ Trim @ 43″ (Supports)
2 – 3/4×3/4″ Trim @ 15 1/2″ (Supports)
1 – 3/4″ Plywood @ 43×17″ (Table Top)
**Always Pre-Drill and Counter Sink for the most professional appearance. Check for Square after EACH step. It will really matter in this project. Always fasten from the inside out whenever possible to avoid filling Screw Holes. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines.
For outdoor use, purchase wood that will hold up to the elements such as Cedar, Redwood, and Teak, and sand and finish each piece before you assemble. Use an outdoor water seal product to ensure a lasting finish.
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials!
Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices.
Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Attach the Lower Rails to the Legs: Use 4″ Screws and Wood Glue.
Attach the Upper Rails to the Legs: Use 4″ Screws and Wood Glue
Attach the Table Supports to the Rails: Use 2″ Screws and Wood Glue, fasten from the inside to prevent visible Screw Holes.
Insert Plywood that is Cut to Size: Use 3/4″ Plywood and attach if you desire to, using 1 1/4″ Screws from underneath, up through the supports.
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