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Build a Glass Top Coffee Table with Drawers

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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!

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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

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

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!

Disclaimer:

This post contains links to a site of which I am an affiliate. What that means is if the link is clicked and a purchase is made, I will get a commission of that sale. Rest assured I would only direct my readers to sites I shop at myself!

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  • LindySez

    Another great design!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Linda!

  • Storm

    Its actually quite amazing how you manage to make the project look doable. I might even give it a bash, your instructions are great! YAY for DIY! xox

    • CherTexter

      Thanks so much! If you build and need help, let me know – that is why I am here!!

  • http://www.lemagnifiqueblog.com/ Le Magnifique Blog

    This looks great! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you very much for stopping by!