Making a coffee table was my first DIY project.
I have promised my wife we will buy a new coffee table but 2020 decided to ruin everyone’s plans. I’ve lost my job and we needed to budget any way we can.
My wife was upset with this (even though she did not want to show it), so i’ve went to the garage and dusted out my old tools, which i’ve bought years ago and never actually used.
Few tutorials and youtube videos later, I’ve been ready to put my improvisation skills to test.
And I must admit, I was surprised with results. My wife loved it as well.
What you need
- Miter saw
- 4 – 2×6 – stud length
- 1 – 2×4 – stud length
- 3 – 2×2 furring strips, 8 feet long
- 100 – 2-1/2″ long self tapping screws
- Wood glue
- 4 – 2×6 @ 46″ – tabletop boards
- 4 – 2×4 @ 16-1/2″ – legs
- 10 – 2×6 @ 18″ – shelf/ends
- 4 – 2×2 @ 37″ – aprons/shelf sides
- 4 – 2×2 @ 19-1/2″ – both ends cut at 52 degrees off square
Don’t let your enthusiasm for new project stops you from thinking of your own safety!
Keep in mind that basic safety equipment, such as protective gloves, googles and even ear protection, is must have.
While rare, injuries using miter saw can happen, and they tend to be nasty ones. Also, flying splinters will always find way to your eyes.
And more than anything, never forget than best safety tool you have is your calm mind!
Start by building legs of your coffee table. Attach 2 of 2×6 18” and 2 of 2×4 pieces. Use at least to screws per joint. Don’t forget to use glue!
Keep in mind you will need two of those
Use 2x2s to connect table legs into a frame. You will need 4 pieces for that. I suggest predrilling 2×2 pieces before attaching them.
Again, don’t forget using wood glue
To make X shape on coffee table legs, first place your 2×2 19-1/2 piece in the leg frame. Glue it and screw it in.
Place another 2×2 piece in frame and mark where they cross. Cut the market spot out with a miter saw. Attach two new pieces on the leg frame using glue and screws.
Use one 2×6 18” piece and screw it in the middle of the upper part of your coffee table.
Use your 46” pisces to make a tabletop. Spread glue to the upper edges of the frame and place 46” pisces on it. Use screws on both 2×2 frame and middle 2×6 piece.
If you want to avoid crawling under a small table frame, you can also lay 46s on the ground and put a table frame over them.
Use remaining 2x6s to make the lower shelf.
Place them inside of the frame in the way you leave about an inch of space between them. Try to make gaps between pieces as equal as possible.
Decorate your new coffee table and enjoy your coffee. You deserved it!
Making a DIY coffee table is an easy task and perfect for DIY beginners. It will help you conquer that beginners fear you are facing and give you confidance for other, more complex projects.
Also, it will give your wife the opportunity to brag about how her husband has done it for her!