How To Make A Wooden Coffee Table

How To Make A Wooden Coffee Table

Ever look on the internet and see pictures of furniture and say, “i think i can build that”. well i did that 🙂 i saw this coffee table online and i really liked it. Take a look at it the picture to see what i am imitating. Built this coffee table over the weekend from scratch. Turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. It cost me roughly $50 build.

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  • hammer
  • square
  • table saw
  • measuring tape
  • sander
  • 120 grit sand paper
  • 220 grit sand paper


  • 1 1/4in finishing nails
  • 1″ in wood screws
  • wood glue
  • 1-16inX21/32X8ft board
  • 4-2ftX2ft 1/4in plywood
  • wood stain


Cut the 8ft board into 8 1ft sections. Cut the 2ftx2ft ply into 4inX2ft strips.

Cuts 1

Cuts 2

Making The Crates

Use 2 of the 16inX1ft boards and 9 of the 4inX2ft plus one piece of excess panels when cut from the 2×2 ply (3inX2ft rough estimate).


Use 3 of the panels for each side and 3 plus excess on the bottom. When doing the bottoms make sure you have enough spacing to slide a piece of ply in between then to close the square hole in the middle.

Piecing The Crates Together

Crates PiecesLay the crates on the side and dry fit them together to make them fit evenly. When it looks good use the 1in wood screw to connect them together. Screw 3 crates together and measure the area in the middle to fill. Then cut a piece of ply to fit inside and wood glue it. Then screw the last crate in place.


Now sand it and stain it. I used a antique walnut with polyurethane already in it. I put two coats on it (well i let my wife stain it so technically she put two coats on it :P)


FinalI filled the square with a vase with flowers and rocks. Also put some baskets underneath for storage. Hope you enjoyed this guideline.

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