HOW TO MAKE A COFFEE TABLE – Why buy household furniture if you can make your own? Get your tool kit out and make a coffee table. This guide provides you with practical advice on making a coffee table.
Video Note: The video shows you, step-by-step, on how to construct a coffee table along with 4 nesting stools. This is an excellent DIY Project that most people can tackle providing you follow the instructions and take your time.
Building a Coffee Table – Part 1 – Making the Table Top – see above. Below are the remaining 3 videos that complete this series.
Building a Coffee Table – Part 2 – Table Legs Assembly
Building a Coffee Table – Part 3 – Making the Stool Bases
Building a Coffee Table – Part 4 – Finishing Touches to the Coffee Table
Decide how big you want your coffee table to be… Consider the length, width and height.
Take a pencil, graph paper and ruler and make a plan, including all the sizes of the timber you will need – Top, Legs, Inner Support Rails.
With your plans in hand go to your local DIY store or Timber Merchant and purchase your materials. You will also need screws, right angle slot brackets and glue.
Lay out all your pieces and organize them so they are at hand.
Take the table top and from the underside mark in about 3″ all the way around. Use a pencil, tape measure and set square. This is the line that your support rail will be fixed too.
Glue and screw the support rail in place around the line you made leaving a gap in each corner to the size of each table leg. Once secured place a length of support rail across each corner. You’ll need to cut the angles with a mitre saw.
Take each leg and secure them to the support rails using the right angle slot brackets.
You can add additional strength to the legs and rails with glue and or dowel joints. For making carpentry joints see our section Carpentry section, from the drop-down menu under DIY.
Turn the table upright and finish by sanding the furniture smooth. You can complete the job by varnishing, polishing, staining or painting the coffee table.
Acknowledgements: Video – Lowes.com