Simple perfection! The Indio Coffee Table is a super simple and super quick DIY coffee table build. Summer is quickly approaching and is begging you to bring the inside out. Build the table today and the sofa tomorrow and you will be well on your way to a complete outdoor living space.
As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw
- Multi-Square and Carpenter’s Square
- Kreg Jig – if you build frequently, invest in this one.
- Nail Gun – optional
- Router with Patterning bit – or bit set – optional
- 4 – 1×4 at 8’
- 1 – 4×4 at 8’
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak– optional
- Safety Gear
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
- 4 – 4×4 at 1’ 3-1/4” – Legs
- 2 – 1×4 at 3’ 1-3/4” – Long Aprons
- 2 – 1×4 at 1’ 3” – Short Aprons
- 2 – 1×4 at 3’ 8-3/4” – Long Tops
- 12 – 1×4 at 1’ 3” – Short Tops
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.
Cut the pieces for the Legs (shown here in white for contrast) and the Long Apron pieces. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Long Apron pieces and along the top edge (to later attach the Top). Assemble the Long Apron pieces to the Legs as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Next, cut the pieces for the Short Aprons pieces (shown here in white for contrast). With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Short Apron pieces and along the top edge (to later attach the Top). Assemble the Short Apron pieces to the Legs as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Make sure there is 1/4″ spacing between each Short Top piece.
Cut the Long Top pieces (shown here in white for contrast) and Short Top pieces. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Short Top pieces. Assemble the Short Top pieces to the Long Top pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Assemble the Top assembly to the Leg/Apron assembly as shown (with pocket holes facing down) with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.