Intro: La Mesa: Classic Coffee Table
This instructable will take you through the process for making a small coffee table. Coffee tables can be used for a variety of purposes, and with a few good planks of wood, some nails, a sander, and an attitude to work hard, you, too, can have your own versatile coffee table!
Step 1: Gathering Materials
To construct your coffee table, you will need to gather at least sixteen nails, four 60cm X 8cm X 1cm planks of wood, three 29.5cm X 4cm X 1cm planks of wood, four 46cm X 5cm X 1cm planks of wood, and a sander (mechanical or regular).
Step 2: Building the Table Top
Start off making your table top by placing the four 60cm X 8cm X 1cm together parallel to each other.
Step 3: After That...
Place one of the 46cm X 5cm X 1cm under the table top, perpendicular to the table top, on one of the ends.
Step 4: Next...
Place the other 46cm X 5cm X 1cm under the four parallel planks on the other end, also placing it perpendicular to the table top.
Step 5: And Then...
Place the final 46cm X 5cm X 1cm in the middle, perpendicular to the table top. Nail the three perpendicular planks to the table top.
Step 6: Adding the Legs
After your table top is finished, you're ready to add the legs of the table. Take the four 46cm X 5cm X 2cm planks of wood and nail them under the table top at each corner.
Step 7: Finishing Up
To keep your table from splintering, use your sander to sand down all of the wood to make all of the wood smooth. After this you can paint your table, or just leave it with its original wood color. Enjoy your new table!