rustic coffee table woodworking plans
Materials and Tools
2 – 2×4 – 8 feet or stud length
2 – 2×2 – 8 feet
1 – 1×12 – 8 feet long
5 – 2×6 – stud length
1 ¼” and 2 ½” PH screws
compound miter saw
countersink drill bit
4 – 2×4 @ 16 ½” (legs)
4 – 2×2 @ 41” (side trim)
4 – 2×4 @ 22 ½” (end trim)
2 – 1×12 @ 41” (bottom shelf)
2 – 2×2 @ 22 ½” (both ends cut at 60 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends are parallel)
4 – 2×2 @ 11 ¼” (long point to short point, one end cut at 60 degrees off square, other end cut at 30 degrees off square, ends are not parallel but are cut in same direction)
5 – 2×6 @ 52” (tabletop boards)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.
First build the two side trim pieces.
Then connect together. Hide top pocket holes on top, bottom pocket holes on bottom. NOTE: This plan is sized for 1×12 boards measuring 11 1/4″ wide – measure your 1×12 boards, double that number, and cut your side trim to fit – see next step.
Build your bottom shelf with 3/4″ PHs/1 1/4″ PH screws down center. Then drill 3/4″ PHs around all outside edges and attach to the bottom shelf.
Now attach cut and build the X braces. Attach in place. These are mostly decorative, so don’t stress about getting them super screwed in place. Some good glue and screws will do the trick.
Build your top with 1 1/2″ PHs and 2 1/2″ PH screws. Then attach to top of table through the side support apron pieces with 2 1/2″ screws (you can use a few PH screws if you have them handy).
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.