DIY Plans for a Chunky Coffee Table with a Modern Twist
These plans for a modern chunky coffee table use straight off-the-shelf lumber which make for a quick and easy build! This table only looks complicated thanks to a nifty staining technique to give a two-toned look to the top but then again, it can be finished any way you choose! To make things even easier for those just getting started, a pocket hole jig will not be required for assembly – just regular long screws and brad nails!
- 1-1/2″ screws
- 2-1/2″ screws
- 1-1/4″ brad nails
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (100. 150. 220 grits)
- Masking tape, if using two stains
- Wood filler
- Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
- 1 – 3/4″ x 3/4″ hardwood dowel at 3′
- 3 – 1×2 at 8′
- 1 – 2×6 at 8′
- 1 half sheet of 3/4″ plywood
- 4 – 2×6 at 17-1/4″ – Legs
- 8 – 3/4″ x 3/4″ dowel at 3″ – Shelf Supports
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 17-1/2″ x 41-1/2″ – Shelf
- 4 – 1×2 at 8″ – Shelf Trim
- 4 – 1×2 at 20-3/4″ – Shelf Trim
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 22-1/2″ x 46-1/2″ – Top
- 2 – 1×2 at 22-1/2″ – Top Trim
- 2 – 1×2 at 48″ – Top Trim
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Cut the pieces for the legs and the shelf supports. Secure the shelf supports to the legs using glue and 1-1/2″ screws. Pre-drill the holes in the supports first to prevent splitting!
Cut the piece for the shelf. Mark the position for the notches and cut them out using a jigsaw. Attach the shelf to the shelf supports using countersunk 1-1/2″ screws, pre-drilling the holes first.
Cut the pieces for the shelf trim. Attach to the ends and sides using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. The top of the trim will be flush with the top of the shelf.
Cut the pieces for the top and the top trim. Attach the shorter trim pieces first using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails, then attach the longer pieces. Fitting the top over the legs will be a tight fit, so the outside edges of the legs may need to be sanded. Secure the top using glue and 2-1/2″ screws through the trim into each leg.
Fill the holes and finish as desired!
To create the two-toned stain, lightly draw lines on the top to mark the pattern for the stain. Mask off the areas where the first color of stain will NOT be applied. Apply the stain as normal and let it dry. Remove the masking tape. Mask off the area where the first color of stain was applied, then apply the second color and let it dry. Remove the masking tape and seal as normal!
Fabulous!! Build this modern chunky coffee table to fit into any design scheme and create the perfect piece of furniture in front of a fireplace, in a family room, or on an enclosed porch!