Would you build your own coffee table?
In early 2017 I never thought I would ever build my own furniture. But, after moving to Newburyport with my now wife, that’s exactly what I did. We needed a coffee table and we both loved the idea of handmade, custom furniture. I stumbled onto some old woodworking tools in the basement, and then found some old (reclaimed) wood out back in the shed.
Next thing I know I’m sketching up designs of coffee tables on my lunch break…
Here’s the final version of what I came up with:
Download the plans and 3D model here:
As an engineer, I tend to be overly obsessive with details and being organized. The picture below is every piece for the coffee table, cut and stacked. I think the only pieces not in this picture were the slats for the bottom shelf. I added those later from old deck boards.
I didn’t know what a planer or jointer was, and barely knew how to use a sander. I spent hours and hours sanding each piece of wood individually before started to build. After glueing up the table top I then spent several more hours trying to sand it flat.
I never really did get it flat, but it has character 🙂
I used kreg screws and glue everywhere I could. By the time I was done I had a seriously heavy coffee table. Lugging it up two flights of stairs from the basement to our apartment was a pain in the A.
After 2+ years of daily use and abuse, this table is still standing strong!
Here are some items you may need to build your own:
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