Introduction: Pine Coffee Table

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A simple affordable pine coffee table made out of 2x4s.

Step 1: Create a Plan

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First I drew out the plans to scale (see plans for dimensions)

Step 2: Purchesing Material

I purchased the following material in order to build the coffee table:

  • 2x4x96 (8 or 9)
    • When picking your wood look at the pattern of the wood to reflect how you want your table top to look
  • Size 10 biscuits
  • Wood glue

I also used the following equipment:

  • Orbital Hand Sander (with various grit sizes)
  • Biscuit Joiner
  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Various Clamps

Step 3: Table Top Lay Out

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  1. I cut the 4 2x4x96 boards I intended to use for the table top in half.
  2. Then using my table saw I cut the 2x4s down to 1.5x3 in order to have squared off pieces.
  3. Lay your pieces out how you want your table top to look.

Step 4: Joining the Top

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Now you want to mark on your pieces where you intend on placing the biscuit joints. I followed the instructions that came with my joiner (see photo). Once I marked out where I wanted to place the joints I used my biscuit joiner to create the holes.Now you simply glue all your holes, put the biscuits in, and clamp it down until the glue dries.

Step 5: Adding the End Caps of the Top

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I sanded down the edges in order to have a flush edge to add the caps. I cut the two end caps to size and followed the same steps as in step 4 to join them.

Step 6: Creating the Legs

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I cut the pieces for the legs a bit larger than they needed to be so that I could later get a clean cut on them. Joining the legs I used the joiner again. Once the joints dried I cut them down to 3x3s and used the power miter to cut them all the same length.

Step 7: Sand All of Your Pieces

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I used a rough grit sand paper first since 2x4s can be rougher lumber. I then worked my up to a finer sand grit to get the wood smooth.

Step 8: Assemble

Again I used the joiner to attach the legs to the top. Unfortunately I do not have a picture from this step.

Step 9: Cross Beams

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I first cut a board down to 1.5x1.5 inches. I used the power miter to then cut the piece at a 45 degree angle. Take your piece and mark the next spot that needs to be cut by just simply holding it up to the legs on the table. Once your create all four pieces, flip your table over and glue them into place.

Step 10: Stain

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The last step is to stain your table and I put polyurethane on it.

Comments

minikirchner (author)2017-10-19

Thanks so much for this instructable, it looks really great! I made my own copy based on your inspiration for my girlfriend's house.

- She wanted it a little larger so we added 3" to the total length and width.

- I didn't have a table saw at the time so I used a circle saw to rip off the edges. This part was a PITA and it took a long time and wasn't perfect.

- The cross beams had to be cut at a 55° angle instead of 45° to fit within the total height.

- I don't have a biscuit joiner so I opted for pocket holes/screws on the underside of the tabletop and cross pieces. Dowel pins were used to attach the tabletop to the legs (also a pain).

- The stain on the top was a 2:1 ratio of Grey stain to Dark Walnut with a few coats of Poly after.

Her only request was that it was strong enough for her to dance on top of. I stood on it and nothing buckled and I weight ~230 pounds. Tons of fun!

wheelz37 (author)2016-11-14

New guy question...could you explain "I cut the 2x4's down to 1.5x3 to have squared off pieces" I am sure its simple but I am pretty new to wood working and Im trying to figure out what the purpose is.

Thank you for sharing!

minikirchner (author)wheelz372017-10-19

2x4's are actually 1.5 inches thick by 3.5 inches wide. He's suggesting you rip off a 1/4 inch from each side to remove the rounded edges and the pieces fit nicely against each other so you end up with a flat surface. I've included a sketch so you can visualize it easier.

spalbers2015 made it! (author)2016-05-25

I needed a new desk as I live in a tiny, tiny, tiny...did I say tiny? Cabin. Off the shelf desks would not have worked. I thought your Pine Coffee Table design was simple and elegant. I made the dimensions to suit the current space. I am not the carpenter you are, nor do I play one on TV, nor did have Biscuit Joiner. Here are some pictures of final before and after staining. Pay no attention to possessed pooches.

Dannywindow (author)2016-01-26

It looks fantastic, what stain did you use?!

mjkaz (author)Dannywindow2016-01-26

Dark walnut with a semi gloss polyurethane. I plan on staining the bottom a lighter stain once my wife picks one out. We really liked the dark stain on top and lighter color on bottom.

mjkaz (author)mjkaz2016-01-26

Special walnut, not dark walnut sorry.

zaida17 (author)2016-01-26

nice

ATP24 (author)2016-01-26

Very cool. I like it.

wold630 (author)2016-01-26

Great job documenting your steps! Awesome coffee table. I love the X leg supports! So professional looking. :)

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