Crate Coffee Table

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Introduction: Crate Coffee Table

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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 http://www.upcyclethat.com/crate-coffee-table/2575/ if you dont want to go to the link to take a look at it the picture is posted 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.

Tools: hammer, square, table saw, measuring tape, sander. 120 grit sand paper and 220 grit sand paper.

Materials: 1 1/4in finishing nails, 1" in wood screws, wood glue, 1-16inX21/32X8ft board, 4-2ftX2ft 1/4in plywood, wood stain

Step 1: Cuts

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

Step 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 2x2 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.

Step 3: Piecing the Crates Together

Lay 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)

Step 4: Accessorize

I filled the square with a vase with flowers and rocks. Also put some baskets underneath for storage. Hope you enjoyed this instructable :)

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What are the dimensions on the individual crates? I'm making it with a different type of wood and can't exactly match all of the measurements.

I've been wanting to do this forever lol
Pretty good job there ILOVEITTT

what are the thicknesses of the two boards???

The plywood was 1/4 and the board was 23/32

326 Bulldogs right?

Yeah that was my wifes Training Squadron. I Happened to be 323rd Vipers

That's awesome. I think it looks better than the one that inspired it!

Thank you!!! I really appreciate that :)

Beautiful work! It is cheap and very beautiful.

Thank you! and its amazing how much you save when you make things yourself :)