A Simple Coffee Table Out of Wood




Introduction: A Simple Coffee Table Out of Wood

About: I'm a young french woodworker. I learnt everything by myself thanks to internet. I have lots of videos on my Youtube channel. Just click the link below to check it out. You can also visit my WebSite for more p…

Hi guys, one of my friend wanted a new coffee table for his new flat. I decided to build something for him out of wood of course. I choose ash, because it's not so expensive in France and it has a realy nice grain. I like this wood, it's similiar to oak but less expensive.

At the end of this publication you can watch 4 videos about how I built this coffee table. If you like it don't forget to put the thumb up, share those videos, or subsribe :) and thanks for watching.

You can also visit my WebSite for more pictures, and to get the sketchup plan.

I called it a simple coffee table because all the structure is assembly using standard joints (mortises, and tenons). For the drawer I used handmade blind dovetails, that's much more complicated, but it turns well.

The lid is in five parts gluing together using groove and tongue between each parts. Hope you'll like it guys !

Happy woodworking.

Step 1: What You Need to Make Your Own

You'll need some wood :) of course.

The cutlist

The sketchup model (click below to download it)

Machines :

- Circular saw

- Router

- Chisels

- Handsaws

- Handplanes

- Sandpapers

- Some measuring tools

- Varnish or what you want to finish it

- and some patience :)

Step 2: Cutting Time

To begin I cut and planed all the pieces that I needed to lenght using my circular saw and a planer/thicknesser.

Step 3: Mortises Time

First of all I glued 2 pieces of wood for each feet. When it dried I cut it to lenght and I worked on mortises using my router table and chisels to square it.

Step 4: The Structure

Then I cut all the tenons for the structure of the coffee table. Don't forget to often test the fit.

Step 5: Drawer Support

Now It's time to work on the drawer support. The drawer will slide on this part. I joined all the pieces again with mortises and tenons. I glued it all together and BOOM !! here is the drawer support. Test the fit again.

Step 6: The Drawer Front

I cut directly into the structure the front drawer to keep the grain. I use a multifonction cutter (don't know the english name). It took me realy long time just for one piece.

Step 7: The Dovetails

I made it by hand, it's more relaxing :). It turned pretty well, The fit was good, and the drawer looked nice. Nothing special, I use a dovetail saw, chisels and that's all.

Step 8: The Lid

As I said, the lide is in 5 parts. I glued all the pieces using grooves and tongues. After that I cut a rabbet all around the lid. Then I can add the sides.

Step 9: The Lid Sides

hmmm... The long sides are gluing directly on the li using groove and rabbet. But the shorts sides are not glued to prevent the lid movements. I just used tenons and peg to keep the short sides in place (and also groove and rabbet, but no glue). Hope that is understandable, don't forget that I'm French :D.

Step 10: The Finishing

And finaly the finishing. I just a varnish. I don't remember exctly how mane coats, but it was at least 6 coats. I'm sorry, but I have a problem with my camera, so there is no this part on video :(.

Step 11: Video 1 - the Structure

Step 12: Video 2 - the Lid

Step 13: Video 3 - the Lid Sides

The lid sides

Step 14: Video 4 - the Drawer

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    5 years ago

    In my view, ash is nicer than oak and can be finished to a smoother surface with less effort. Nice table.


    5 years ago

    Would you mind telling me what circular saw that is in the background?


    Reply 5 years ago

    oh ! It's a big one, an old Hitachi PSU-13. It works pretty well, I plan to use it for my futur homemade table saw.


    Reply 5 years ago

    Thanks dude :p !