A Super-Easy and Fabulous Coffee Table
This coffee table has to be one of the easiest builds ever! Inspired by Pottery Barn, the plans to build a Westbrook Coffee Table is large, chunky and rustic with a bit of modern flair. It can be finished so that the top is different (maybe dark grey to mimic slate) or one cohesive color – you decide!
This plan is a great weekend project, and is suitable for all skill levels!
- 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws (to assemble the frames for the top and shelf)
- 2″ brad nails (to attach the top and the shelf to the frames)
- 8 – 3″ Spax Powerlags (to attach the top frame to the legs) (<– affiliate link!)
- 3″ screws
- Edge banding, optional (<– affiliate link!)
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies
- 2 – 2×2 at 8′
- 2 – 2×4 at 8′
- 1 – 2×6 at 8′
- 2 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
- 2 – 2×2 at 25″ – Shelf Frame
- 2 – 2×2 at 47″ – Shelf Frame
- 2 – 2×4 at 25″ – Top Frame
- 2 – 2×4 at 47″ – Top Frame
- 4 – 2×6 at 18″ – Legs
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 25″ x 50″ – Shelf
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 28″ x 52″ – Top
Notes About the Project:
- Yes, this plan truly does need TWO sheets of plywood but only because of the size of the shelf and the top (save the rest for another project like matching end tables?)
- Sand all of the pieces before assembling the table
- The heads of the Powerlags can be spray painted (copper would be nice!)
Cut the pieces for the top and shelf frames. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the longer pieces. Assemble the frames using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the legs. Secure the frames to the legs using glue and 3″ screws. The lower shelf frame (the 2×2 frame) will be secured 1″ up from the bottom of the leg, and the top frame (the 2×4 frame)will be secured 3/4″ down from the top of the leg. Both frames will be located 1″ in from the side edges of the legs.
Cut the piece for the shelf. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood. Position the shelf on the lower frame, and secure in place using glue and 2″ brad nails.
Cut the piece for the top. Cut the notches using a jigsaw. Position the top on the top frame and secure in place using glue and 2″ brad nails. If you’re finishing the top separately from the rest of the table, finish the table base and shelf before securing the top.
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