Jan 12

Easy Coffee Table Plans

easy coffe table

These coffee table plans are very simple and can be done by just about anyone!  I will outline the necessary materials, tools and steps necessary to complete this coffee table.  All you need is some extra cash, time and dedication since this is simple but it will take some time and effort.  Now that you’re ready, let’s get started!

Coffee Table Plans – The Details

This particular coffee table will be 2 ft. x 4 ft. in size.  You can choose any type of wood to use, but if you want it to look good and last, you will want to stay away from plywood, MDF or particle board.  These materials are not easy to work with for a nice finish.  Pine is a fairly soft wood that is inexpensive and easy to work with.

Let’s put together a materials list for these coffee table plans.  First, you will need the tabletop.  This measures an easy 2 ft. x 4 ft.  Second, there will be four legs that will need to be 1 ½ x 1 ½ inches, measuring 16 inches long.  Next there will be four rails which will measure ¾ x 3 ½ inches.  One will be 37 inches long and one will be 16 inches long.  These rails will be installed between the legs to provide stability.  Last you will want some wood glue and screws that are at least 2 ¼ inches. 

Start by purchasing your materials and cutting everything down to size.  After you have the basic materials, you will want to install the rails on the underside of the tabletop.  Of all the coffee table plans I’ve used, I like how the rails look on this one the most.

The sides of the two long rails should sit 2.5 inches inside the edge of the tabletop, while the edges should be 5.5 inches away from the end of the tabletop.  The two short rails should sit 4 inches inside the short edge of the tabletop and each edge should be 4 inches away from the sides of the tabletop. 

For these coffee table plans, you will want to put a bead of wood glue on the joint between the rails and the tabletop.  Using clamps tighten them down to the underside of the tabletop.  While the glue is drying, you can install the legs.

You will want to start by placing a bead of glue on the ends of the rails and the top of the legs.  The legs will not need to be clamped to the rails because they will be screwed into the rails.  You will now want to install the legs one by one.

Put one of the legs on the underside of the tabletop against two rails. The outside edges of the leg should sit flush with the rails.  Start by drilling four pilot holes, two through each exposed side of the leg, into the rails.  You will also want to countersink the pilot holes for the screws.  This is to keep the wood from tearing up when you install the screws and so that you can putty over the screws to make it look like they are not there.

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The next step in these coffee table plans is to install a screw in each pilot hole.  You will want to repeat this procedure for each table leg.  Now that the table is sturdy, you will want to flip it over very carefully.  When it is sitting on the legs, you will want to drill a hole through the tabletop into each leg.  I personally would also drill holes for screws through the tabletop into each rail for added stability.  If you do this, you will want a screw approximately every six inches.  Countersink all these holes as well.

After you are done drilling, install a screw into each of these holes as well.  When you are done with this, you will want to let the table sit for as long as the instructions on the wood glue say is necessary for the glue to set up.  After the glue is dry, remove the clamps from the table. 

Now you are ready to give the table a good finish.  Sand it to a smooth finish with at least fine grit sandpaper.  If you are going to put stain or varnish on it, you will want to use very-fine.  When you are done sanding, decide whether or not to stain or varnish it.  If you want to stain it, do this first.  Then choose wood putty that matches the final color of the stain or the wood if you have left it plain.  Apply putty to the screws to hide them. After applying putty, put a coat of varnish on it if you desire this. 

Coffee Table Plans – Final Thoughts

There are your coffee table plans.  They should be simple enough for anyone to follow.  Now go have some fun with these coffee table plans and make someone happy!