Isn’t it crazy that some coffee tables can run close to a thousand dollars? All for that and some of them are just made of flimsy cheap particle board and aren’t even made of solid planks of wood. This farmhouse coffee table will run you around just $40.
I hate that these overpriced coffee tables get dented and stained ridiculously easy, and people stress over using coasters. It’s like they don’t even serve a functional purpose anymore and are just a decorative item.
This table isn’t made for sipping tea with your pinky out. It’s a simplistic model and it’s not made to care about spills, dings, and dirt, and can even double as a bomb shelter. I built this table so I don’t have to care about kicking my feet up or slamming my drink down, plus I have a tiny child who doesn’t care about coasters or destruction.
The best part of building your own coffee table is that you can build it to your exact measurements and size that works for your area, as well as stain/paint color. I may mention my measurements but I strongly encourage you to use your own measurements because it can be perfect for your area.
That said, figure out how tall and wide you want it first. Use a tape measure and see what works for your area. You can even cut out a piece of cardboard to see how it’ll fit.
STEP 1: Materials
You’re going to need 2×10’s (or 2×12’s if you prefer) planks for the top, 2×4’s for the side skirt, and 4×4’s for the legs. Yes, I said 4×4’s. If you want to sub out the 4×4’s, 2×4’s would do for the legs, but I built mine so that I can take cover under it in the event of an earthquake. This farmhouse coffee table is built for style and function.
STEP 2: Top of your Farmhouse Coffee Table
Obviously figure out how wide you want your top, then figure out how many pieces you need for that width. In my case, I just wanted two 2×10’s for the top, which equals roughly 20 inches.
My top was just about 4 feet long, so I cut them to size. Then, lay them next to each other, and put a mark every 8 inches or so. Those marks will be where you drill your holes with the Kreg Jig.
You want to mark both boards every 8 inches, BUT stagger the holes so they’re not right across from each other on both boards, like in the image above. After you have your marks, drill the appropriate holes with the Kreg Jig. After your holes are drilled, put some wood glue between the boards before screwing them together.
- Start in the middle and work your way to the outsides when putting in screws.
- Kneel on one of the planks so it won’t move when screwing in the other one.
- Make sure the boards are aligned on the end and are flush. If they aren’t lined up on the end, you can always saw the end of it again, to make them flush.
- Wait for the glue to dry before moving on to the next part.
STEP 3: Side Skirt
First, cut all 4 legs to the height you want, and then place them on the table top, while it’s laying face down. I would place them an inch or two in from each of the four corners.
After that, I would trace a line around the legs, then measure the distance between each leg. That’s the size that you’ll want to cut all 4 side skirts.
Before you mark the holes to connect the side skirts to the table top, you’ll want to make 2 additional pocket holes on each end of each board, where they will connect to the legs. Mark those first!
Then mark every 8 or 6 inches from those “side holes”. You can see what I mean in the above picture. After the holes are drilled, align them on the table top with the marks you traced for your legs. Use wood glue again to adhere them before screwing them on.
- Make sure the screws are not long enough to go through the top of the table. Use a test piece first.
- Wipe up any excess wood glue.
STEP 4: Coffee Table Legs
The legs are the easiest because there’s only one place they can fit. You don’t have to use wood glue here if you think you’ll take it apart, but I did because I want this table to survive a nuclear holocaust.
Now then, align the legs in the empty corners and screw them in with the pilot holes you already drilled on the end of each board. You didn’t skip that part, right?
STEP 5: Cross Brace
You should use some form of cross brace, or “cross rail”, again referring to the picture above. You can have them lay straight across if you want, like in the picture. You would adhere those in a similar fashion that you did the side braces, like in the picture.
After that, the last things to do is sand the entire table, and paint or stain it whatever color you want. When you do that, check out my other post on must have paint products.
I built this table to actually be of use and accommodate life things, without having to worry about it get dirty, messy, or dinged up. Let me know how your farmhouse coffee table turned out!