Have you ever been working on homework or playing a board games with friends and think, "Man I wish i had a big enough and strong enough table to hold everything"? I did and I decided to do something about it. I used to work construction so I had all of the required tools and knowledge to build one, so I took some time to design what I consider, "The Ultimate Coffee Table".
After collecting all of the materials, cutting and assembling the table took me around 3 hours . I know I could make it faster, but I took my time to document each step. Depending on your skill level, I would assume it would take you the same amount of time to build this table. If you have never touched a tool in your life and don't know how to use a tape measure, it will probably take you quite a bit longer.
The Cost of this table, assuming that you have your own tools, will be right around $40. This may vary depending on where you buy your materials, I bought mine at Lowe's.
If you do not have all of the tools to complete this project, which are listed in the first step, I would recommend asking a friend to borrow their or else you will be spending anywhere between $70-$330. This will vary depending on the quality of the tools.
Tip: Make sure that you have a flat, level surface to assemble the table on.
Step 1: Gathering your materials
Lumber : (Prices vary by store)
1- 3/4"x24x48, Stain Grade Wooden Panel
Recommendation: If you do not have a truck to haul the lumber to your house you can ask to get the 12' 2"x6" and 2"x4" boards cut into two 6' studs to fit them into your vehicle.
54-2 1/2" torque screws ($6.93+tax for 87 screws)
Tools: (Price of my tools)
Tape Measure ($15)
Star drill-bit (will come in box of Screws)
Circular Saw ($100)
Safety Glasses ($10)