First, this design isn't necessarily my own. It's a common mid century design that I added some of my favorite details to. Mainly the box joinery. Sorry about the images being smaller, I only took these with my iPhone and updated my progress on Instagram a while back. My Instagram is @jessemckee if you enjoy following woodworkers like I do.

I didn't come up with plans for this since I judged the height first by the height of my couch, then by proportion of the legs and box opening last. The end product ended up being 24x48" and the box is 9.5" tall and the legs are 6" tall.

My favorite wood is walnut and I ordered around 30 board feet of 4/4 S4S (surfaced on all 4 sides) from my local hardwood dealer. I ordered a bit extra for possible mess-ups, so not sure what my table ended up using.

All the materials for this project totaled to roughly $175. That's for the wood and finish.

Step 1: Thicknessing and Surfacing the Wood

I roughly cut my pieces to size with a couple inches longer than needed for good measure (in case I screwed up my box joints later) then ran all my boards through the thickness planer first to guarantee a perfect glue-up. With the wood being S4S, this saved a lot of time not having to use the jointer.

<p>First of all...this is a great piece of furniture! I have a couple of questions.</p><p>How did you cut the joints on the top and bottom pieces? Did your reference of the joints you cut on the side and middle pieces?</p><p>Also did you use the same jig on the bottom and top piece since the are just two boards and not three?</p><p>Cheers</p><p>Simon</p>
<p>I was just looking at making a mid-century modern coffee table similar in design to what you made here. I choke at the value of the Walnut. I wish I had a retailer that sold wood that cheaply - I bought a piece of 4/4 teak for trimming mine and it was $40+/bf. What a beautiful table and I really like the leg detail. You have some superior wood working skills. I am looking to make mine out of plywood covered in teak veneer. I piles of teak veneer, which I picked up for a song at a local auction. The table will be nothing fancy, assembled with just screws and glue, and I will be using a central drawer compartment to stiffen it. </p>
<p>When you are glueing the boards together, how do you avoid the overflow glue seeping into the wood? I recently did a project that I glued and wiped the excess. Then I sanded it after it was dry and when I stained it I noticed the glue had penetrated the wood. Any advice much appreciated! (Awesome table)</p>
<p>Don't wipe it off. Take it off after it dries. I learned that from a high school woodwork shop teacher. </p>
<p>Wow, you did a professional job. A modern classic.</p>
<p>This one looks very Nice! in the living room</p><p>thanks </p><p><a href="http://rmiblr.com" rel="nofollow">fashion designing institute</a></p>
<p>Dang! Amazing work - it's gorgeous!</p>
<p>Very nice. I would definitely have that in my living room. Only change I would make is to use dovetails on the ends for added strength (i have kids that like to climb on stuff)</p>
Dovetails would look great as well. With the boxy shape of the piece, I thought box joints would be appropriate visually. With the structure of this piece, dovetails and box joints would have the same structural integrity. If I were doing drawer fronts where force were being pulled, dovetails would be superior. This piece has zero movement or racking. My kid climbs all over it and it's not going anywhere. I also usually stand on it to change the light bulbs in the fan above.
<p>I was just worried about tortional forces on the box...that and I just LOVE dovetails for some reason. Awesome instructable!</p>
<p>Dovetails are beautiful. Thanks!</p>
<p>Very nice work! Looks great in your living room!</p>
<p>Great instructable! I too, another rookie, would love to see the details of your router jig. I just followed you on Instagram. Ahh, I am so inspired now and stuck at my day job behind a desk!</p>
<p>AWESOME! As a total rookie woodworker, I'm having a little trouble understanding the router jig section, and would love you to expound on that. Great work!</p>
<p>Thanks! I think I'm gonna try to make a separate Instructable on just the jig in the next few weeks. It turned out to be fairly primitive.</p>
<p>Thanks Jesse! I would also love to see more details on how your built that jig and how to use it. I'm a novice like Hal Nine Thousand with only a few small tools at home, so it would be awesome to see how I could do this kind of joinery without fancy equipment :-)</p>
<p>I agree about the walnut! If I didn't already have a Lane walnut MCM coffee table, I'd be ready to build this one! Gorgeous! </p>
<p>The mid century era of Lane, Maloof and Herman Miller is definitely my favorite. I wish every one of my commissions were in that style.</p>
<p>Wow, this is absolutely effing gorgeous.</p><p>I'm very fond of the visible joinery, it adds a lot to the aesthetic of this project. Kudos man!</p><p>As someone else mentioned, I'm pretty curious about your router jig, would be glad to read about it if you have time to make an instructable on it.</p>
<p>Ha, thanks for the kind words. I'll definitely have one on the jig soon. Maybe a couple weeks.</p>
<p>Wow, that's beautiful!</p>
<p>This is so nice! I'm so jealous of your planer. :)</p>
<p>Very good instructions! The result looks really impressive</p>
<p>Wow, that's beautiful! Good job!</p>
<p>Oh my, this is gorgeous work. I hope we see many more projects like this from you!</p>
Thanks!I have a few other projects documented but I need to type them up. What do you suggest on the frequency of project uploads?
<p>Oh, whenever they are ready. I think if you upload more than 10 projects in a day, that's pretty excessive. Surely you've got better things to do...</p><p>Other than that, I say go nuts! :)</p>
Very beautiful! How much was the material for this project?
The whole project was under $200. I ended up using around 30 board feet of walnut. My local hardwood dealer charges $5.07 a board foot for walnut. Then the finish and rags were around $30.
<p>absolutely love this table.. very fine work..</p>
<p>That's one fine looking table. Good job!</p>
<p>This looks so beautiful!</p>
those joints are beautiful
<p>Beautiful table!</p>

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