The coffee table…this is where it all started. If you haven’t stopped by my about page yet, I go into a little more detail there about why I decided to build this table in the first place. If you’re interested, take a gander over there for a minute to get more of the back story. If you’re ready to read the super cursory rendition of how the whole project went down…keep scrolling…
I’m not sure what got into me that thought it was a good idea to attempt a coffee table as my first project…but everything was alright in the end. I’ll be straight up with you though… I barely had enough tools to do this project and no place to do it…if you think I’m kidding…no. This is my work bench:
My place for storing cut wood:
And I borrowed a saw from my husbands parents…needless to say, I had to get creative with things.
So, if you are newbies and don’t have any of the “right things” for building, I say you can totally find a way to do it! Just takes a little finagling 🙂
The original instructions can be found on Ana White’s website here: http://www.ana-white.com/2012/07/plans/rustic-x-coffee-table
I did alter the design slightly to fit the look I was going for a little better, so I’ll go through those changes now! My apologies ahead of time, I have a limited number of pictures from this project because I hadn’t decided to write up the process until after the whole thing was done.
The original design by Ana White was a little “chunkier” than what I was looking for. To get the less-chunky/still-farmhouse look, I decided to change up the wood sizing a little. Rather than 2 x 4s and 2 x 6s, I used mostly 1 x 2s and 1 x 6s. The 1 inch thickness rather than 2 inches made quite a difference in the overall look of the table. That said, I still did use 2 x 4s for the legs since they’re supporting the whole thing. Step-by-step, the whole project looked like this:
Step 1. Re-Dimension
I decided to alter the dimensions of the wood I was using, but forgot to re-calculate the total amount of wood need and ended up back at the store a couple times to get the rest of the wood…oops.
After re-calculations, this is what you’ll need:
1 | 2×4 – 8ft
1 | 2×2 – 8ft
2 | 1×2 – 8ft
1 | 1×4 – 8ft
1 | 1×12 – 8ft
4 | 2×4 @ 16 ½” (legs)
2 | 2×2 @ 41″ (side trim)
4 | 1×4 @ 22 ½” (end trim)
2| 1 x 12 @ 41″ (bottom shelf)
These cuts account for most of the table. However, I added extra braces in a few spots since I was using 1″ boards rather than the 2″ boards from the original plans. I explain those cuts a little later on in this post. Thanks for bearing with me…
Step 2. Framework
Begin by forming the frame of the table. I started with the bottom framing and then attached the top pieces.
Use a kreg jig to pre-drill the pocket holes for the screws.
Bottom Framing: Attach 2 x2s to the legs for the length of the table and 1 x 4s to the legs for the width of the table. Attach from the bottom of the table so the screws won’t be visible once the table is finished. I didn’t think ahead on this part and…