Coffee Table Made Form a Single 2x4





Introduction: Coffee Table Made Form a Single 2x4

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To get an overview please watch the video.

First, sorry for my English!

This coffee table was made by a 2"x4" (5cm x 10cm) and 8 feet (240cm) long.

I know it is a wrong 2x4 because it is 2"x 4" and a real 2x4 is not 2"x 4"

The wood I used was Swiss pine, in German "Zirbe". It smells pretty good, so I decided not to use any wood finish.

Step 1: Plan and Tools

All measures on this plan are in cm!

Tools, I used:

  • table saw
  • router
  • band sander
  • drill press
  • clamps
  • chisel

wood glue

4 screws

Step 2: Cut the 2x4 in Pieces

I have only a small table saw, but with a clamp and a supporting table, it was no problem.

Step 3: Cut the Pieces in Width

Swiss pine is very soft. So it was not a problem to cut it with a fine saw blade.

Step 4: Milling

I cut a 4mm slot in the long table frame piece

all the small boards of the table top got a shoulder, so the fit in this slot

every foot got two slots

Step 5: Cut Tenons

the pieces of the frame got tenons

Step 6: Sanding

a lot of sanding!

Step 7: Assembling the Table Top

I glued every tenon in the slot of the frame with a small separator made out of 6 mm MdF

Then I glued the second board on the tenons and clamped all together.

After the glue was dry, I cut the boards in length and sand the table top.

Step 8: Preparing the Table Stand

the table top was screwed on the stand

I drilled holes with a big drill bit half into the frame boards

and with a small drill bit all the way through

Step 9: Assembling the Table Stand 1

First, I glued the two small pieces on the feet

Step 10: Assembling the Table Stand 2

then I glued the long parts on.

Because my clamps are not big enough, I made this little jig.

Step 11: Assembling

Just screw the table stand on the table top.

If you have any questions, please write them in the comments.

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    Looks like it isn't very hard to do. Thanks for sharing!!

    I own a home. I don't have a table saw. I don't have a router. Did you see the machine he used to taper the edges of the legs? Plus he had a high power saw area, not to mention all the space required to house the table saw plus the layout board. Sorry, that's not all found in the typical home. Has nothing to do with gender, please.

    not affiliated with this site but I can't believe everyone that is on this site that fosters creativity and are willing to let themselves be so limited. Everything you need to make a build like this can be done with a circular saw and a few DIY jigs. If this is something you might have a passion for (which I believe is the reason we are drawn to these sites) then learn to adapt!

    Joseph, it's refreshing to see another gal with wood working tools. And I believe you are quite wrong in your assessment of the average US homeowner. There are ways to have a drill press, routing table, and a table saw in the space of one work table...if you are interested.

    Your work and your equipment/workshop is awesome and I am jealous. I don't think I can get to the point where I can build this project but I got a few good ideas from your video that can be applied to other projects. So thank you.

    don't limit yourself! We do these things to fuel a creativity inside of us. Here is a site with a ton of jigs to make that allow you to do almost all of this with just a circular saw.

    The rest can be completed with a chisel and a hammer... same tools that the cavemen used lol.

    nice mood when used.

    This is really great - thank you:) It makes me want to build it now! For the tools you use - mainly a table saw and router, and clamps? Anything else? I first need to come up with building a router table or stand, as I just have the router unmounted right now... guess that should be my next project.

    You can build a nice router table, there's probably an instructable for it! Or check yard sales, that's where i got mine.

    I could do this but I'd need a 2x4 that is 187 feet long!