Introduction: Crate 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 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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KevinS90 made it! (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.

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

love it!

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khadijeh arman made it! (author)2014-05-20

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

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jhodges15 made it! (author)2014-02-04

what are the thicknesses of the two boards???

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2014-02-04

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

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taz9797 made it! (author)2013-12-12

326 Bulldogs right?

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-12-30

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

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dsantil71 made it! (author)2013-10-22

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

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-22

Thank you!!! I really appreciate that :)

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TrichogasterAzul made it! (author)2013-10-19

Beautiful work! It is cheap and very beautiful.

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-20

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

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Blue42Eagle made it! (author)2013-10-15

Nice pink crocs! Lol

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-16

LoL my wife loves her pink crocs :P

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kriemer made it! (author)kriemer2013-10-19

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

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kriemer made it! (author)kriemer2013-10-17

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!

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machinecrafted made it! (author)2013-10-18

Nice work.

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-18

Thank you!

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annieannie made it! (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!!

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-18

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 :)

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MB-DK made it! (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 :)

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-18

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

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thebeatonpath made it! (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!

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-18

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

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liquidhandwash made it! (author)2013-10-17

NICE!

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-18

Thank you!!!

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mcmonte made it! (author)2013-10-17

Beauty and function, well done!

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-18

Thank you so much!!!

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odelagarza made it! (author)2013-10-17

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

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-18

You're welcome and thank you!!!

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platdujour made it! (author)2013-10-17

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

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-17

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

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mandrews-root made it! (author)2013-10-15

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

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SuzukiDHP made it! (author)SuzukiDHP2013-10-16

Thank you so much!

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