In this instructable I will teach you how to make a milk crate coffee table that can also be your own message board. I will not teach you how to get the milk crates, you know how to do that.

I made this coffee table because the horrible losers that are residence life at my university finally gave me a room in which a living room could fit. So I needed a coffee table to go in front of my couch and behind my TV.

I did not intend to make this an instructable so I don't have pictures of how to do some of the early steps. However, they are simple and are done justice by a text description.

Step 1: Supplies and Tools

For this instructable you will need these tools

- Jig Saw
- Circular Saw
- Belt Sander and/or Sandpaper
- 3/4 inch box end wrench
- 3/4 inch crescent wrench
- Pliers
- Dikes
- Ruler, Tape Measure, and Square
- Pencil
- Notebook
- Coffee Can
- Drill
- Drill Bits
- Saw Horses (I used upside down trash cans)
- Broom for Vacuum
- Willing Friend

And these supplies

- 6 Milkcrates (depending upon there size)
- Zip Ties
- 4 Carriage Bolts
- 16 Washers
- 8 Nuts
- 4 Cap Nuts
- 31" by 24" of Plywood (this depends upon how big your milk crates are)
- Paint
- Sharpies
- Paint Pens
the table-top would be good painted with blackboard paint then you could write on it with chalks and rub it off when you're finished with it. :)
I was thinking about doing that but my room would get all chalky.&nbsp; I was also going to do a white board but then the stuff I put on there would get all inky.&nbsp; I thought Sharpy + Paint was the best option to keep my stuffs clean and still write stupid things.<br />
I've noticed that some stores like Wal-Mart and Target will carry plastic crates like this relatively inexpensively, particularly during school-supplies season. They're not going to be as heavy and durable as "real" milk crates, but you won't have the guilty conscience that accompanies ill-gotten gains. ;)
Of course I got them from the store. Who do you think I am? (wink)
Quite naturally you did. I just wanted to remind your readers. :)

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