I am a big fan of simple projects that can look great, are easy to build and functional. I also appreciate wood plans for beginners where the material list and tools needed are very limited. This plan fits all of those criteria.
I have a table similar to this and found it to be the perfect platform when I was finishing a drywall ceiling. The nice amount of surface area was much better than a ladder or stool. Bottom line, this is a nice coffee table project for a dorm, basement or rec room, but it is much more useful than that.
Good luck building!
Link to full plans: Coffee Table Made Form a Single 2×4