how to make simple coffee table

How to Make a Simple Coffee Table

Coffee tables are an essential part of many living rooms. Making your own coffee table can be a rewarding and cost effective way to furnish your living room. With just a few tools, common materials and an afternoon’s work, you too can make a beautiful and purposeful coffee table.

Materials Needed

  • Pine board
  • 2×2 scrap lumber
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Paint or stain
  • Carpenter square
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Screws


  • Start with the top – Measure and cut the desired dimensions of the top into two pieces of pine board. You can also use pre-cut board to avoid cutting it yourself.
  • Create the frame – Cut four 2x2s at the desired dimensions of the frame. Apply wood glue to the four corners and screw the pieces together with 2 1/2 inch wood screws.
  • Put top and frame together – Place and even the glued top onto the frame, and screw it down with 2 1/2 inch wood screws.
  • Filler and paint – Fill any gaps with wood filler and apply a coat of paint or stain.


Following these simple steps will result in a unique and beautiful coffee table. With a little creativity, you can make a piece of furniture that will last for years to come.

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