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 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

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

Step 2: Making the Crates

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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

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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

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


KevinS90 (author)2015-10-15

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.

elcaiman80 made it! (author)2015-03-05

love it!

khadijeh arman (author)2014-05-20

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

jhodges15 (author)2014-02-04

what are the thicknesses of the two boards???

SuzukiDHP (author)jhodges152014-02-04

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

taz9797 (author)2013-12-12

326 Bulldogs right?

SuzukiDHP (author)taz97972013-12-30

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

dsantil71 (author)2013-10-22

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

SuzukiDHP (author)dsantil712013-10-22

Thank you!!! I really appreciate that :)

TrichogasterAzul (author)2013-10-19

Beautiful work! It is cheap and very beautiful.

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

Blue42Eagle (author)2013-10-15

Nice pink crocs! Lol

SuzukiDHP (author)Blue42Eagle2013-10-16

LoL my wife loves her pink crocs :P

kriemer (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-19

I figure it you wear them, you own them (at least for the purposes of this instructable).

kriemer (author)Blue42Eagle2013-10-17

I have the same. For some inexplicable reason I paid Cdn$0.79 for them. They are, by the way, bubble gum coloured, not pink! LOL!

machinecrafted (author)2013-10-18

Nice work.

SuzukiDHP (author)machinecrafted2013-10-18

Thank you!

annieannie (author)2013-10-18

I Absolutely LOVEEEEE this idea!!! In fact I am going to do it for my play pen style of sofa, It's huge so it needs to have a nice large coffee table such as this and to have space to store items is only a bonus to it all. Thank you so very much!! Totally voted for ya!!

SuzukiDHP (author)annieannie2013-10-18

Thank you very much for the vote!!!! I'm so glad you like this coffee table. I hope your table make you as happy as mine does for me :)

MB-DK (author)2013-10-17

Really nice actually. Been looking to buy a new, square coffee table but now I think I am going to make this! Nicer than anything I have seen for sale :)

SuzukiDHP (author)MB-DK2013-10-18

I was in your same boat, it only took 2 hours to build so it's not very time consuming :) good luck!!!

thebeatonpath (author)2013-10-17

This is amazing! I'm impressed that you actually built the crates instead of purchasing flimsy ones. And I want your bubble gum Crocs. What a steal!

SuzukiDHP (author)thebeatonpath2013-10-18

Thank you so much!!! Those are my wifes Crocs lol you'll have to fight her for them :P

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SuzukiDHP (author)liquidhandwash2013-10-18

Thank you!!!

mcmonte (author)2013-10-17

Beauty and function, well done!

SuzukiDHP (author)mcmonte2013-10-18

Thank you so much!!!

odelagarza (author)2013-10-17

Wow good project, thanks for share, I´m waiting for weekend to start this,

SuzukiDHP (author)odelagarza2013-10-18

You're welcome and thank you!!!

platdujour (author)2013-10-17

Brilliant! I saw that original image. My version is still at the wishful thinking stage..

SuzukiDHP (author)platdujour2013-10-17

It only took about 2 hours to build so make your wishful thinking a reality :) it'll be faster if you have crates already built or a nail gun lol

mandrews-root (author)2013-10-15

Very nice job.... I'd love to have one like that. :)

SuzukiDHP (author)mandrews-root2013-10-16

Thank you so much!

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