Spruce up your living room and add extra storage with a DIY Rustic Coffee Table. Learn how to build a rustic coffee table using common tools. You’re sure to transform your living space with this simple to make DIY Coffee Table with free plans.
I was in desperate need of a coffee table in our family room and couldn’t find one that I liked. This DIY rustic coffee table gave us much-needed storage and a place for us to put our feet up. Today, I’m going to show you how I made this DIY coffee table.
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How to build a DIY rustic coffee table
I’ve put a video together walking you through the entire process of building this table. If you’d like to make this one at home, you can download the free plans below
Supplies you’ll need for the DIY rustic coffee table:
- Wood glue;
- Kreg Jig;
- 2″ & 2 1/2″ finishing nails;
- 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws;
- Painting supplies;
- Eye and ear safety gear
make necessary cuts
You need to cut your 2X2 to:
- 2 @ 16″
2X4’s need to be cut to:
- 4 @ 16″
- 4 @ 45″
- 8 @ 15″
Cut 1X3’s into:
- 15 @ 19″
Cut 1X4’s into:
- 6 @ 48″
How to build a coffee table
When you have all your woodcuts made to size, drill your pocket holes. Next step is to build your DIY rustic coffee table. The initial step is to assemble the legs. You can make an ‘L’ shape with your 2X4 pieces of wood.
Repeat the above-mentioned step till all 4 of your legs have been created.
The next step involves building frames for the table. You can make one for the top while another for the bottom. Now, attach the short pieces to the longer ones with the help of 21/2” pocket hole screws as well as wood glue.
Now the time has come to add the legs to the frame of your rustic coffee table. You again need 2 1/2″ finishing nails as well as wood glue for attaching the legs to the said frame. Using nails add a rustic look to your rustic coffee table.
Repeat the abovementioned steps till the top and bottom frames are attached to all the 4 legs.
Now since your frame is complete, it is time to complete work on your lower shelf and attach it to the top of the rustic coffee table.
To the bottom of your DIY rustic coffee table, attach your 1×3’s. You can again use wood glue as well as 2″ finishing nails for the attaching work.
After completing the bottom of the rustic coffee table, it is time to attach your 1×4’s to the top of the rustic coffee table. Make use of wood glue and 2″ finishing nails again. Also, attach nails to the top, idle, and the bottom of your new coffee table.
Remember if you are using a new wood always make sure to sand down all the existing edges of the table. Also, make sure that all the pieces of the wood are smooth.
Further, either paint or stain your rustic coffee table as per your requirements. You can match the color of your DIY rustic coffee table with your console.
After you have finished painting your DIY rustic coffee table, apply polyurethane to it. This will assist in keeping your table in a good shape.
Your DIY rustic coffee table is ready and you can pat your shoulders on completion of the work. Now, get that book that you have wanted to read for long and that hot cup of coffee and enjoy your own work of creativity!
How do you make a table more stable?
If you’re worried that your homemade coffee table isn’t the most stable, just take a step back and realize that there are things that you can do.
First, make certain that the table legs are the same length and that isn’t the big issue. Simply measure the lengths and make any simple adjustments as necessary.
Secondly, make certain that the area in your home is level as well. Sounds a bit crazy, but it’s true. Some floors just aren’t level!
Those two tips can help you make your table feel more secure if you think that it’s a bit wobbly.
Will you be making your won DIY rustic coffee table? I would love to know all about it in the comments below.