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I have to be honest here: When I first made the lid for my blanket chest, I messed up the dimensions and it ended up a little small. But it was already finished and perfect and wonderful before I discovered the mistake … oops …
So I attached it to the chest anyways and just moved on with my life …
Until this week.
The time has finally come for a new lid. Have I made the new lid yet? Of course not. I’m not that on top of things.
BUT. I did turn the old lid into something new!
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue … all the best stories start out like this.
What is the something new? A super simple rustic industrial coffee table!
Seriously a 30 minute project. And even quicker if you have an old lid or table top sitting around 😉
Enjoy the free plans below!>This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.
Tools & Supplies:
- 1 | 1 x 6 – 8′
- 1 | 1 x 4 – 6′
- 2 | 1 x 4 @ 26″
- 2 | 1 x 6 @ 26″
- 2 | 1 x 6 @ 18″
Build the top of the coffee table.
Attach the boards as shown below with wood glue and 1-1/4″ pocket holes and screws. Place pocket holes on the bottom side of the tabletop to best hide them.
For more detailed instructions, see How to Build a Tabletop.
*Tip: After I ordered the set of Hairpin Legs, I received an email with certain recommendations for installation. So, per the recommendations, I also added “cleats” on the underside of the tabletop. See the full list of recommendations below.
Sand the table top and finish as desired. I used two coats Minwax ‘Special Walnut’ stain and then sealed the table top with three coats of Minwax Clear Gloss Polycrylic.
Attach the hairpin legs to your tabletop. I found these hairpin legs on Amazon and absolutely love them!
The manufacturer, Industrial By Design, also sent a helpful email detailing their recommendations for installation. From their email:
- Attaching the legs: When you pre-drill your holes for attaching the legs, it’s a best practice to measure from the tip of your drill bit how deep of a hole you want to drill, and then wrap a piece of masking tape around the bit. This will help prevent you from drillling a hole all the way through your tabletop!
- Screw size: I recommend a #10 screw, and the reason you won’t find them included is that everybody’s tabletop width is different! Select the perfect length of screw for your project, and pick up some 1/4 inch washers for added strength.
- Tabletop strength: Most traditional tabletops are supported by a skirt that runs underneath the top near the perimeter of the table. Hairpin leg tables tend to not have these skirts because the legs screw into the top rather than a skirt. Without the support of a skirt, I recommend attaching “cleats” on the underside of your table, perpendicular to your table top boards. These cleats are typically around 2″ wide and about 3/4″ thick.
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After you attach the hairpin legs, you’re ready to start enjoying your new coffee table!
As always, please leave any questions and/or comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.