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How to Build a Coffee Table

Any DIY-minded homeowner can build a functional and stylish coffee table with just a bit of know-how and the right supplies. Here’s how to make a coffee table that’s sure to be a conversation starter.

Gather Materials & Tools

  • 4-6 legs (collapsible if desired)
  • Screws or bolts
  • Table top
  • Wood glue
  • Carpenter’s saw and screwdriver
  • Measuring tape and ruler

Prepare Tabletop

  • Measure and mark the length and width of the table top.
  • Cut the top to the desired size.
  • Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
  • Apply wood glue along the underside of the tabletop.

Attach Legs to Tabletop

  • Select the leg positioning and height. Position the legs 24 inches apart and make sure to keep the height 7-8 inches lower than a standard sofa.
  • Secure the legs to the tabletop with screws or bolts.
  • Stand the table up and check for wobbles.
  • Apply felt pads or another material of your choice under each leg for grip and stability.

Decorate & Enjoy!

  • Painting, staining, or applying a clear protective finish are all optional steps depending on your desired end look.
  • Accessorize the table with coasters, plants, books, and other decorative items.
  • Enjoy your new coffee table and have a cup of coffee!

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