Introduction

Light Living Room

Light Living Room

"The light floors keep the cabin bright and light," says Ana. "Especially on long, dark winter nights."

From: Building Off the Grid: Alaska Range

Photo by: Ana White

Ana White

This simple coffee table brings a modern vibe to the Whites' cabin.  Ana built their coffee table using scrap wood from their cabin, but this coffee table plan is optimized for minimal waste using off the shelf whitewood boards, available at most home improvement stores.  

Step 1

Coffee Table Cut Diagram

Coffee Table Cut Diagram

Photo by: Ana White

Ana White

Cut Boards

Cut all of the boards as shown in the diagram.  Cut one at a time, marking each cut as you go.

Pro Tip

It's important to make square cuts.  A mitersaw or chop saw is recommended, but a circular saw using a clamped guide will work as well.

Step 2

Coffee Table Leg Frames

Coffee Table Leg Frames

Photo by: Ana White

Ana White

Attach Legs

Drill two pocket holes on the 1-1/2" setting using a Kreg Jig on each end of all 31-1/2" long 2x2 boards.

Attach the legs to two of these boards to create two leg frames. Place the pocket holes on the outsides, where they will be hidden under the coffee table and under the tabletop boards. This also increases strength of the joint.

Use glue at all joints.

Step 3

Coffee Table Drill Guide

Coffee Table Drill Guide

Photo by: Ana White

Ana White

Finish Frame and Paint

Next, attach remaining 31-1/2" long boards to the leg frames, again hiding pocket holes on top and bottom.  

Paint the frame of the coffee table a dark gray. Ana used Charcoal by Rustoleum Chalked.

Step 4

Coffee Table Plans

Coffee Table Plans

Photo by: Ana White

Ana White

Lay and Attach Tabletop

Stain all of the tabletop boards on top sides. Lay on flat surface, and position table frame on top. The tabletop will overextend the frame by 1/4" on all sides.

Use screws to attach the frame to the underside of the tabletop board, with two screws per intersection of 2x2 and 1x4 board.  Use glue at all joints.