This was my first REAL project. I actually documented this to upload to Instructables as Coffee/Living Room/General Use Table for Under $50.
I had made a few other coffee tables before – out of crates, boards and plumbing parts, boxes, etc., but I wanted something a little more permanent. I made this out of precut boards from the home improvement store. Two sheets of 2’x4′ birch plywood and one 1″x4″ pine board. I had them cut one of the sheets of plywood in half, giving me the 2’x2′ for the legs.
I had purchased the Kreg pocket hole jig specifically for this project after seeing it on an infomercial. Things I had made in the past I had surface drilled, tried to countersink and plug, but I was never able to line things up right and they looked terrible. Or even worse (for me) – I would use angle straps and wood screws. This was just so much easier.
I took the jig and made the holes for the pocket screws on each of the “legs” as well as the supports. After lining everything up and squaring up the pieces, I “glued and screwed” the pieces together. The coarse threads took hold and pulled everything nice and tight. After attaching the legs to the top, I added the support piece on each side, setting it back one board thickness for a little style. Once everything was dried, I sanded, stained (combination of 1/2 cherry and 1/2 oak) and sealed with a few coats of polyurethane.
I did make one change to this coffee table after I was finished. I realized that 24″ was WAY too tall for a coffee table, and cut down the legs. For that, I measured 18″ and put painter’s tape down to mark the cut. A fine-toothed blade on the circular saw, a sanding sponge to do a little clean up – stain and poly at the ends. Barely noticeable.
I like the style and intend on making some matching side tables.