A Coffee Table and End tables can be elegant or simple. Some can be simply elegant while only using wood that is relegated to the scrap pile. With some sweat, hard work, and a lot of power tools, you can make a beautiful coffee table and end tables into something special.
This is how to start. You can find this Ana White post and see it’s a modified version of it at the official Ana White Website.
Coffee Table: End Tables
Length 45″ Length: 20″
Width: 28″ Width: 20″
Height: 18″ Height: 24″
Bases are 2×4’s ripped down to 3 1/4″ for better edges and secured with pocket holes and glue.
Cut the tops to an inch over length, jointed one edge and then ripped to a clean width. Overall, the outer pieces are 10″ and the center is 8″. Alternatively, if you see that your wood size is different, you can vary the measurements as per convenience.
Clean edges ready for glueing. Make sure everything is in order before you proceed.
Glued up. Make sure to run them through a planer first to make them all flat and the same thickness or else you’re going to spend hours trying to hand sand and plane them flat. (This was not done with these)
After being glued, you can see that the boards are not even. This is due to a mistake before gluing.
Finally planed and cleaned and looking much nicer.
With the top done, cut the legs and aprons to length and then joint/rip them to 3 1/4″.
Using a guide, drill some pocket holes for screws. This makes it look much nicer than just straight up screws into the wood.
The table legs and connecting wood screwed and glued together.
End table pieces cleaned up to 3 1/4″.
Just like with any other project, when you put the rough outline together, put it in place to check the size and placement.
Letting no left over wood go to waste, you can glue them together to make another project. In this case, coasters.
Side shot of the coaster slab of wood
A 4″ x 4″ chunk that was taken down to 3.5″ x 3.5″. You can alter the measurements as per your wood sizing.
After cutting slices out of the initial bricks of wood, you can router the edges and then finish. They turn out really well and match the coffee and end tables.
End table tops. These were also not planed before gluing. On the left is a table before planing and on the right is smoothed and glued and looking much nicer.
Finally fitting the tops of the tables to the legs.
Applying the finish – no stain used at this point.
First coat done with the finish
End tables after their application of finish, drying out.
The legs were painted white and they look gorgeous. Here is one shot with the coffee table looking nice.
A nice shot of the end tables. Painted the same as the coffee table.