I have always loved the stuff that Ana White has done. Her site is a treasure trove of great plans with many reader submissions that show you ways to customize a base plan to suit a different need.
This coffee table is one of those simple projects that looks great and will last years. In fact, this is kind of a perfect project for a college student or young homeowner. The table is built well enough that it could double as a platform to stand on in a small space.
I am kind of glossing over the lumber cost since it can vary wildly from area to area. That is especially true if you have slim pickings for dimensional lumber that doesn’t look like a pretzel. Ana was able to source her material for about $40.
Ana has a complete video of the project build along with plans on her site located here
- 4 – 2×6 – stud length or 8 feet
- 1 – 2×4 – stud length or 8 feet
- 3 – 2×2 furring strips, 8 feet long
- 100 – 2-1/2″ long self tapping screws
- Wood glue
- Optional corner braces
- 4 – 2×6 @ 46″ – tabletop boards
- 4 – 2×4 @ 16-1/2″ – legs
- 10 – 2×6 @ 18″ – shelf/ends
- 4 – 2×2 @ 37″ – aprons/shelf sides
- 4 – 2×2 @ 19-1/2″ – both ends cut at 52 degrees off square – ends ARE parallel – long point to short point measurement*
- *The 2×2 X pieces can be scribe cut to fit as done in the video.