A Coffee Table Added to the Riley Collection

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table

Previously, I posted plans for the Riley End Table, a table featuring X detail at each side. The DIY plans to build a Riley Coffee Table feature the same X detail at the sides, with a shelf below. This is another excellent plan for beginners – the X detail pieces are very easy to construct plus the table can be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 3 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 2×2 at 20″ – X Detail
  • 2 – 2×2 at 10″ – X Detail
  • 2 – 2×2 at 8-11/16″ – X Detail
  • 4 – 2×2 at 15″ – Side Framing
  • 4 – 2×2 at 19-1/4″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×2 at 33″ – Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 33″ – Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 19″ x 37″ – Top

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs, the framing, and the X detail. Mark the angles for the X detail by drawing a line across the board at the dimension given, then drawing another line from the corner of one end of the piece to the end of the line on the opposite side. Cut the angle using a jigsaw or a bandsaw.

With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill one pocket hole each end of the angled pieces as shown. Assemble the X detail using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Drill pocket holes in each end of the framing pieces. Secure the framing pieces to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Insert the X detail piece into the frame (trimming the angles, if necessary), then secure the X detail to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table_Sides 1

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table_Sides 2

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table_Sides 3

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the leg frame assemblies using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table_Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the shelf. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the shelf to the stretchers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face of the shelf will be flush with the top face of the stretchers.

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table_Shelf

Step Four

Cut the piece for the top. If using edge banding, it will be applied to the top before securing the top to the frame. The top will overhang each side by 1/2″. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Riley Coffee Table_Top

Finish as desired.

The coffee table and matching end tables will make a perfect addition to any decor! They are easy to construct, and (if finished properly) would be excellent outdoors on a deck or patio! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Riley Coffee Table? Leave a comment below!




A Coffee Table with a Creative Base

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table

This coffee table has a really unique base… The DIY plans to build a Curved Base Coffee Table feature curved accents between the legs. Templates are included for the curved pieces and although this project may take a little longer than a weekend to complete, the style is well worth it!

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Copy

Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 3 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 2 – 2×4 at 8′
  • 2 – 2×6 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 18-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 2×2 at 26″ – Side Stretchers
  • 4 – 2×6 at 19-1/2″ – Side Piece #1
  • 4 – 2×4 at 10-5/16″ – Side Piece #2
  • 2 – 2×4 at 11-13/16″ – Side Piece #3
  • 2 – 2×2 at 43″ – Front & Back Stretchers
  • 1 – 2×2 at 26″ – Center Support
  • 4 – 2×6 at 24-15/16″ – Front & Back Piece #1
  • 4 – 2×4 at 14-9/16″ – Front & Back Piece #2
  • 2 – 2×4 at 17″ – Front & Back #3
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 31″ x 48″ – Top

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the side stretchers. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the stretchers. Secure the stretchers to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces to length for side piece #1. Print the templates and align the sheets at the registration marks. Tape the sheets together, then cut out the template. Trace the template in the lumber and cut out the pieces using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Clamp all of the pieces together, then sand thoroughly. Drill a pocket hole (or two) at each end and secure to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Side 1_1

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Side 1_2

Step Three

Cut the pieces to length for side pieces #2 and #3. Print the templates (#2 and #3) and align the sheets at the registration marks. Tape the sheets together, then cut out the template. Trace the template in the lumber and cut out the pieces using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Clamp like pieces together and sand. Drill a pocket hole (or two) at each end and secure to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Side 2 3_1 DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Side 2 3_2

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the front and back stretchers, and the center support. Drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the stretchers to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Secure the center support to the front and back stretchers using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Front & Back Stretchers

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Center Support

Step Five

Cut the pieces to length for front and back piece #1. Print the templates and align the sheets at the registration marks. Tape the sheets together, then cut out the template. Trace the template in the lumber and cut out the pieces using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Clamp all of the pieces together, then sand thoroughly. Drill a pocket hole (or two) at each end and secure to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Front & Back 1_1

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Front & Back 1_2

Step Six

Cut the pieces to length for front and back pieces #2 and #3. Print the templates (#2 and #3) and align the sheets at the registration marks. Tape the sheets together, then cut out the template. Trace the template in the lumber and cut out the pieces using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Clamp like pieces together and sand. Drill a pocket hole (or two) at each end and secure to the legs as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Front & Back 2 3_1

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Front & Back 2 3_2

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the top. Apply edge banding to all sides, then sand thoroughly. The top will overhang on all sides by 1″. Secure the top in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Curved Base Coffee Table_Top

Finish as desired.

For finishing purposes, it may be easier to fill the pocket holes in the base before attaching the top. The base can also be finished in a different color. Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Curved Base Coffee Table? Leave a comment below!




An Easy to Build Modern and Stylish Coffee Table

DIY Plans to Build a Mercer Coffee Table

Do you like modern and simplistic furniture? This coffee table is for you… Plus, it is a super-easy build! The DIY plans to build a Mercer Coffee Table feature squared chunky legs and a large floating top. This is a fabulous piece of furniture that will coordinate with any style!

DIY Plans to Build a Mercer Coffee Table_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 1 – 1×4 at 4′
  • 2 – 1×4 at 8′
  • 4 – 1×6 at 6′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 1×6 (ripped to 4-3/4″ wide) at 12-3/4″ – Base Frame Legs
  • 4 – 1×6 at 12-3/4″ – Base Frame Legs
  • 4 – 1×6 at 37″ – Base Frame Stretchers
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 46-1/2″ x 46-1/2″ – Lower & Upper Top
  • 3 – 1×4 at 41″ – Upper Top Frame
  • 2 – 1×4 at 42-1/2″ – Upper Top Frame
  • 2 – 1×3 at 46-1/2″ – Upper Top Sides
  • 2 – 1×3 at 48″ – Upper Top Sides

DIY Plans to Build a Mercer Coffee Table

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes along one long edge of each 4-3/4″ wide leg piece. Assemble the leg pieces in an L shape using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Mercer Coffee Table_Base Frame Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the base frame stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, treating the legs as a left and a right.

DIY Plans to Build a Mercer Coffee Table_Base Frame Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the lower top and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the top inside the base frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the top will be flush with the top edge of the frame.

DIY Plans to Build a Mercer Coffee Table_Lower Top

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the upper top frame. Drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter frame pieces as well as one long edge of each piece. Assemble the frame as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Position the frame on the lower top, locating it 2-3/4″ in from each edge. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Mercer Coffee Table_Top Frame 1

DIY Plans to Build a Mercer Coffee Table_Top Frame 2

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the upper top and the upper top sides. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the top. Secure the side pieces (on end) using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the top will be flush with the top edge of the sides.

Position the upper top on the upper top frame so that the sides are flush with the base frame legs and stretchers. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Mercer Coffee Table_Top 1

DIY Plans to Build a Mercer Coffee Table_Top 2

Finish as desired!

The table would look fabulous in any finish – dark stain, weathered stain or paint, or a high gloss finish! The DIY plans to build a Mercer Coffee Table are so easy, they can be completed in a weekend. Have any questions about the plans? Leave a comment below!




A Cocktail Table with Plenty of Storage

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table

Need a cocktail table with lots of storage? The DIY plans to build a Drew Cocktail Table will fit they bill perfectly! With four drawers (two on each side), a large shelving area, and a roomy top, this table has plenty of storage for magazines, remotes, and snacks! Plus, it is a fabulously easy and quick build just in time for the holidays!

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 4 sets of 14″ Drawer slides
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 3 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 2 – 4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 19-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 2×2 at 27″ – Side Frames
  • 2 – 1×2 at 27″ – Side Frames
  • 2 – 2×2 at 47″ – Stretchers
  • 2 – 1×2 at 47″ – Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 27″ x 47″ – Bottom Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 13″ x 27″ – Side
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-3/4″ x 30″ – Divider
  • 2 – 1×2 at 15″ – Drawer Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 30″ x 32-3/4″ – Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 30″ x 50″ – Top
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottom
  • 8 – 3/4″ plywood at 4″ x 12-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 8 – 3/4″ plywood at 4″ x 14″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-7/8″ x 14-3/4″ – Drawer Fronts

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table

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Step One

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.

Cut the pieces for the legs. Cut the taper in the lower end of each leg using a jigsaw, bandsaw, or tapering jig on a table saw.

Cut the pieces for the side frames. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 pieces. Secure the pieces to the upper part of the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×2 pieces. Secure the pieces to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Legs

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Side Frames

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the stretchers. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 pieces. Secure the pieces to the upper part of the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 2×2 pieces. Secure the pieces to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the bottom shelf. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges of the piece. Secure the bottom shelf to the lower stretchers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face of the shelf will be flush with the top face of the stretchers.

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Bottom

Step Four

Cut the piece for the side and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the side to one side frame of the table using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Side

Step Five

Cut the piece for the divider and cut the notches using a jigsaw. Drill pocket holes in the divider as shown. Secure the divider to the bottom and the upper stretchers using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Orient the piece so that the pocket holes face in and will be hidden by the drawers.

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Shelf 1

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Divider 2

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the drawer stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the divider and legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Drawer Stretcher

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the shelf and drill pocket holes as shown. Secure the shelf to the divider and legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Shelf 2

Step Eight

Cut the piece for the top. Secure the top to the frame, legs, and divider using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Top

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer boxes as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the legs and divider. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Drawer FB

Step Ten

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Plans to Build a Drew Cocktail Table_Drawer Fronts

Finish as desired.

This is such a fabulous cocktail table that I may add it to my “to-build” list! I live the simplicity and especially the storage! have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Drew Cocktail Table? Leave a comment below!




An Ultra-Modern Coffee Table with Storage

DIY Plans to Build a Round Shelf Coffee Table

This is one of those really cool modern pieces that would look so sleek with just the right finish… Black lacquer, maybe? To make things inexpensive, the table can be constructed in MDF or plywood – whichever is preferred. The DIY plans to build a Round Shelf Coffee Table are really easy to construct and can take the living space from ho-hum to awesome in a flash!

DIY Plans to Build a Round Shelf Coffee Table_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 3″ screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1″ Edge banding (if using plywood)
  • 2″ Edge banding (if using plywood)
  • Edge banding cutter (if using plywood)
  • Dry Dex (if using MDF)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 3 sheets of 3/4″ plywood or MDF

Cut List:

  • 6 – 32-1/2″ diameter circles – Rounds
  • 4 – 3/4″ material at 5-1/2″ x  10-1/2″ – Upper & Middle Frames
  • 4 – 3/4″ material at 5-1/2″ x  12″ – Upper & Middle Frames
  • 3 – 3/4″ material at 1-1/2″ x  18-1/2″ – Lower Frame
  • 2 – 3/4″ material at 1-1/2″ x  20″ – Lower Frame

DIY Plans to Build a Round Shelf Coffee Table

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Step One

If using plywood, edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the 3/4″ plywood prior to assembly.

Cut the circles out of the 3/4″ material using a jigsaw or bandsaw. Laminate two circles together for each “shelf” by spreading glue on the face of one circle and positioning another circle on top. Wiggle the top piece to create suction, then secure the pieces together using 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Round Shelf Coffee Table_Round 1

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the upper and middle frames. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces, as well as one long edge of each piece. Assemble the frames using glue an 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Round Shelf Coffee Table_Frame 1a

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the lower frame and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces as well as one long edge of each piece. Assemble the lower frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Round Shelf Coffee Table_Base 1

Step Four

Lay the first round on a flat work surface. Position one of the 5-1/2″ frames on the round as indicated in the drawing. Secure the frame to the round using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Round Shelf Coffee Table_Frame 1b

Step Five

Lay the second round on a flat surface and mark the position of the frame on the underside. This will make it easier to drive the screws in the right place – through the underside of the top into the frame above! Spread glue on the first frame, then position the second round on top of it as indicated in the drawing. Drive 3″ screws through the top into the frame locating the screws so that the pocket hole screws that will be driven through the next frame will not interfere.

Position the second frame on the second round and secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Round Shelf Coffee Table_Round 2


DIY Plans to Build a Round Shelf Coffee Table_Frame 2

Step Six

Lay the third round on a flat surface and mark the position of the frame on the underside. Spread glue on the second frame, then position the third round on top of it as indicated in the drawing. Drive 3″ screws through the top into the frame locating the screws so that the pocket hole screws that will be driven through the next frame will not interfere.

DIY Plans to Build a Round Shelf Coffee Table_Round 3

Step Seven

Position the base frame on the underside of the third round as indicated in the drawing. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Round Shelf Coffee Table_Base 2

If using MDF, fill the edges of the rounds using Dry Dex to hide the seams. Finish the table as desired.

This is such a neat piece and I love that it has so much storage! The table would also look great with a dark stain and a stenciled or glue-resist pattern on the top… Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Round Shelf Coffee Table? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com.




A Simple Coffee Table to Build – with Storage!

DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table with a Drawer

Need a coffee table that is quick and easy to build? The DIY plans to build a Morgan coffee table feature a large and roomy drawer to hide media remotes, coaster, magazines, and a few snacks! The coffee table is inexpensive to build and can be finished however you choose…

DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1 set of 24″ drawer slides
  • 1 – cabinet pull
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • Scrap 1×3 at 21-1/2″
  • 2 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 2 – 1×8 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 2′ x 2′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 17-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 1×8 at 23″ – Side Aprons
  • 1 – 1×8 at 43″ – Back Apron
  • 2 – 1×8 at 10-3/4″ – Front Aprons
  • 2 – 1×8 at 24-1/2″ – Drawer Supports
  • 1 – 1×3 at 21-1/2″ – Stretcher
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 23″ x 43″ – Top Panel
  • 2 – 1×2 at 23″ – Top Side Trim
  • 2 – 1×2 at 46″ – Top Front & Back Trim
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 19″ x 22-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottom
  • 2 – 1×6 at 22-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 2 – 1×6 at 20-1/2″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 1 – 1×8 (ripped to 7-3/8″ wide) at 21-1/4″ – Drawer Front

DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table

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Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the side aprons. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the side aprons. Secure the aprons to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the aprons will be flush with the outside faces of the legs.

DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table_Side

Step Two

Cut the piece for the back apron and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the apron to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table_Back

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the front aprons and the drawer supports. Drill pocket holes in one end of each of the apron pieces as well as each end of the support pieces. Secure the apron pieces to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The front face of the apron will be flush with the front face of the legs.

Secure the drawer supports to the front aprons and the back apron using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table_Front Apron & Drawer Supports

Step Four

Cut the piece for the stretcher and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretcher to the top edge of the drawer supports (locating the piece 3/4″ back from the front face of the front aprons) using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. This piece keeps the front of the table frame at the same width as the back.

DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table_Stretcher

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the top and the top trim. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the panel as well as each end of the side trim pieces. Attach the side trim pieces to the top as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, then attach the front and back trim pieces.

Position the top on the table frame. The edges will be flush all the way around. Secure the top in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the top into the aprons, legs, and drawer supports.

DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table_Top 1 DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table_Top 2

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer boxes as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the front aprons. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table_Drawer BS DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table_Drawer FB

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the drawer front. The drawer front will have a 1/8″ gap at the sides and top of the opening.Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening (if possible) then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Plans to Build a Morgan Coffee Table_Drawer Front

Finish as desired.

The DIY plans to build a Morgan coffee table are the perfect plans for a beginner – they are easy and very straightforward! As always, if there are any questions about the plans, leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!




Build a Regency Coffee Table

The Regency Coffee Table Plans – The Perfect First Project!

This is an easy-to-build yet striking coffee table. I love the “crossed” legs and the square, roomy top! The Regency coffee table plans also feature solid wood edging on the plywood top so that a decorative edge can be routed on it. The plan requires straight off-the-shelf lumber and is a very inexpensive build!
Regency Coffee Table Plans-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 2 – 2×4 at 6′
  • 1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×4 at 12-3/4″ – Coffee Table Frame
  • 2 – 2×4 at 27″ – Coffee Table Frame
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 34″ x 34″ – Top Panel
  • 2 – 1×2 at 24″ – Top Trim
  • 2 – 1×2 at 37″ – Top Trim

Regency Coffee Table PlansClick on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the frames. Mark the position for the notches in each of the longer 2×4 pieces. Cut the notches using a jigsaw, a bandsaw, or by making a series of kerfs on the table saw. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the longer frame pieces. Secure the shorter pieces to the longer pieces using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Regency Coffee Table Plans-Frame 1Regency Coffee Table Plans-Frame 2

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the top panel and the trim pieces. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the trim pieces as well as all four edges of the panel. Secure the shorter trim pieces to the panel using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, then secure the longer trim pieces in the same manner.

Position the top on the base so that the top overhangs by 6″ on all sides. Secure the top to the base using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

Regency Coffee Table Plans-Top 1Regency Coffee Table Plans-Top 2Finish as desired!

Wouldn’t the top be fabulous using the glue-resist technique? I may have to add the Regency coffee table plans to my to build list! Have any questions? Contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

I am also now officially for hire ~ contact me for details on having a plan designed and drawn specifically for you!




Build a Glass Top Coffee Table with Drawers

Fabulous Coffee Table Plans Featuring a Glass Top and Drawers

These plans are for an ultra-stylish piece of furniture! These coffee table plans have such a fabulous look with the glass top and double drawers! Yes, double drawers – there is a drawer on each side as well as a shelf which is a fabulous use of space!

coffee table plans glass top drawers_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Router & ¼” rabbeting bit
  • Hammer & chisel
  • Jig saw
  • Pocket hole jig
  • 2 sets of 12” drawer slides
  • 2 drawer pulls
  • 3/8” thick glass, acrylic, or plexiglas
  • Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×3 at 8’
  • 3 – 1×4 at 8’
  • 3 – 2×4 at 8’
  • 1 sheet of ¾” plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 28” x 48” – Bottom & Shelf
  • 8 – 2×4 at 18” – Legs
  • 4 – 1×4 at 9-3/4” – Frame
  • 8 – 1×4 at 28” – Frame & Supports
  • 4 – 2×4 at 10-1/2” – Top Frame
  • 2 – 2×4 at 21” – Top Frame
  • 2 – 2×4 at 24” – Top Frame
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 10-1/2” x 20” – Drawer Box Bottoms
  • 4 – 1×3 at 10-1/2” – Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – 1×3 at 21-1/2” – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 3-1/4” x 22-1/4” – Drawer Fronts

 

coffee table plans glass top drawers

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If using edge banding, it will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembly.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the bottom and the legs. Draw the notches on the bottom piece as shown, then cut out using a jigsaw. With the pocket hole jig set for ¾” material, drill pocket holes as shown. This will secure the shelf to the legs. Position the shelf 4” up from the bottom of the legs and secure using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

 coffee table plans glass top drawers_Bottom 1

 

coffee table plans glass top drawers_Bottom 2

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the frame and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces. Position the frame pieces as shown then secure using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. To further secure the frame to the bottom, a few brad nails can be driven from the underside of the bottom into the frame.

 coffee table plans glass top drawers_Frame

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the supports. Position as shown then secure using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

 coffee table plans glass top drawers_Spacers

Step Four

Cut the piece for the shelf. Draw the notches on the shelf piece as shown, then cut out using a jigsaw. Position the top then secure using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

 coffee table plans glass top drawers_Shelf 1

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the top frame. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the 21” pieces and the 24” pieces. Also drill pocket holes in one end only of the 10-1/2” pieces. Attach the frame pieces to the legs and/or each other using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. Use the router and the rabbeting bit to cut a rabbet on the inside of the frame and legs approximately 3/8” deep. Use the hammer and chisel to square the corners. Measure the opening on top of the rabbet, then have the glass, acrylic, or Plexiglas cut to fit.

 coffee table plans glass top drawers_Top

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Set the pocket hole jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the side pieces as well as all four edges of the bottom. Assemble as shown. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the legs, then make any necessary adjustments. There will be a drawer on each side of the table.

 coffee table plans glass top drawers_Drawer BS

coffee table plans glass top drawers_Drawer FB

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening (there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides of the front in the opening) then drive screws through the holes for the pulls into the drawer boxes. Open the drawer then secure the front with countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Make any necessary adjustments then finish drilling the holes for the pulls.

 coffee table plans glass top drawers_Drawer Front

Finish as desired!

The coffee table plans with glass top and drawers are a great way to test your skills if you are just starting out! Easy, yet sophisticated! Contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com with any plan issues… I’m here to help!

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Build a Trunk-Style Coffee Table with Drawers

Use These Plans to Build a Coffee Table with Drawers

I could really use these coffee table plans with drawers. I have a lot of clutter I’d like to hide – magazines, knitting projects, snack stash, etc. and this would be the perfect furniture piece just for that! This table features six roomy drawers and will look fabulous with any finish!

coffee table plans with drawers_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
  • Paste Wax

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 4 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 4 – 1×6 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×3 at 8′
  • 2 sheets of 3/4″ plywood (PureBond would be a great choice!)

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×3 at 17-1/4″ – Legs
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 17-1/4″ x 17-1/2″ – Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 17-1/4″ x 37-1/2″ – Back
  • 3 – 1×3 (ripped to 1-3/4″ wide) at 37-1/2″ – Stretchers
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 19-3/4″ x 41″ – Shelves
  • 4 – 1×2 at 5-1/4″ – Upper & Lower Dividers
  • 4 – 1×2 at 17-1/2″ – Drawer Spacers
  • 4 – 1×2 at 19″ – Drawer Spacers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20-1/2″ x 42-1/2″ – Top
  • 6 – 1×3 at 20-1/2″ – Side Trim
  • 6 – 1×3 at 44″ – Front & Back Trim
  • 6 – 3/4″ plywood at 9-3/4″ x 18-1/4″ – Drawer Box Bottoms
  • 12 – 1×6 (ripped to 5-1/8″ wide) at 18-1/4″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 12 – 1×6 (ripped to 5-1/8″ wide) at 11-1/4″ – Drawer Box Front & Back

coffee table plans with drawers

Notes:

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembly.

 

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the side panels. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the panel will be flush with the side face of the legs.

 coffee table plans with drawers_Sides

Step Two

Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the panel will be flush with the side face of the legs.

 coffee table plans with drawers_Back

Step Three

Cut the piece for the lowest stretcher and drill pocket holes at each end. Secure to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

 coffee table plans with drawers_Lowest Stretcher

Step Four

Cut the piece for the lower shelf and cut the notches with a jigsaw. Position as shown, then secure using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the side panels and back panel into the shelf. Place a few nails through the front of the shelf into the stretcher.

 coffee table plans with drawers 1_Upper Shelf 1

coffee table plans with drawers_Lower Shelf 2

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the lower stretcher and dividers. Drill pocket holes in each end of each piece, then assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Position the assembly as shown, then secure using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

 coffee table plans with drawers 1_Upper Stretchers & Dividers 1

coffee table plans with drawers_Lower Stretcher & Dividers 2

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the lower spacers. Drill pocket holes in each end of the 17-1/2″ dividers then secure to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the center dividers with glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

 coffee table plans with drawers_Lower Spacers

Step Seven

Cut the piece for the upper shelf and cut the notches with a jigsaw. Position as shown, then secure using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the side panels and back panel into the shelf. Place a few nails through the front of the shelf into the stretcher.

 coffee table plans with drawers_Upper Shelf 1

coffee table plans with drawers_Upper Shelf 2

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the upper stretcher and dividers. Drill pocket holes in each end of each piece, then assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Position the assembly as shown, then secure using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

 coffee table plans with drawers_Upper Stretchers & Dividers 1

coffee table plans with drawers_Upper Stretchers & Dividers 2

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the upper spacers. Drill pocket holes in each end of the 17-1/2″ dividers then secure to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the center dividers with glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

 coffee table plans with drawers_Upper Spacers

Step Ten

Cut the piece for the top. Secure to the cabinet using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the top into the legs, sides, back, and upper stretcher.

 coffee table plans with drawers_Top

Step Eleven

Cut the pieces for the trim. Secure the side pieces first using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Secure the front and back in the same manner. The top of the center and lower trim will be flush with the top of the shelves.

 coffee table plans with drawers_Trim 1

coffee table plans with drawers_Trim 2

Step Twelve

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the side pieces. Assemble the drawers as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

 coffee table plans with drawers_Drawers BS

coffee table plans with drawers_Drawers FB

 

coffee table plans with drawers_Drawers

Finish as desired! Apply a coat of paste wax to the bottom of each drawer to help them slide smoothly in the openings.

 

These coffee table plans with drawers paired with your awesome building skills will produce a fabulous piece of furniture suitable for any decor! Need help? contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com and I would be happy to walk you through it!

 




Build Sam’s Rustic Coffee Table

Plans for a Beautiful Rustic Coffee Table Requested by Sam

I love getting requests for furniture plans! I was recently contacted by Sam who asked me to create plans for a rustic coffee table. The inspiration piece is gorgeous and I sure hope my plans have done that table some justice!

coffee table plans sam_Copy

Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • Countersink bit for drill
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 3 – 2×4 at 6′
  • 3 – 2×4 at 8′
  • 2 – 2×6 at 6′
  • 4 – 2×6 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×4 at 16-1/2″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×6 at 16-1/2″ – Legs
  • 2 – 2×4 at 15-1/2″ – Stretchers
  • 2 – 2×4 at 38″ – Stretchers
  • 2 – 2×4 at 20-1/2″ – Shelf Supports
  • 4 – 2×4 at 45″ – Shelf Supports & Shelf
  • 3 – 2×6 at 45″ – Shelf
  • 3 – 2×4 at 23-1/2″ – Top Supports
  • 2 – 2×6 at 27-1/2″ – Top Ends
  • 5 – 2×6 at 38″ – Top

coffee table plans sam

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in one long edge of each 2×4 piece. Position the 2×4 leg on the 2×6 leg as shown, the secure using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

 coffee table plans sam_Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end, as well as one long edge (to attach the top) of each piece. Secure to each leg assembly using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Make sure the legs are positioned so that there is a right and a left!

 coffee table plans sam_Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the shelf supports. Drill two countersunk holes in each end of each piece. Secure the longer pieces to the legs first using glue and 2-1/2″ screws, then secure the shorter pieces.

 coffee table plans sam_Shelf Supports

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the shelf. Drill two countersunk holes in each end of each piece. The 2×4 pieces will be positioned on the ends with the 2×6 pieces in the center. Secure the pieces using glue and 2-1/2″ screws through the shelf pieces into the supports.

 coffee table plans sam_Shelf

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the top supports and drill pocket holes in each end, as well as one long edge of each piece. Secure to the longer stretchers as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

 coffee table plans sam_Top Supports

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the top. Drill pocket holes in each end of the longer pieces. Assemble the top as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. Position the top with 1/2″ overlapping each side, then secure using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws from the underside.

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Finish as desired!

I do believe these coffee table plans for Sam are quite easy and fabulous! If you are interested in having custom plans drawn up, contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!