DIY Coffee Table: the Second Act

Oh my! First of all I am so sorry I’ve left you hanging for so long and have not managed to give you this information earlier, but life and summer and you know, all the things in between just kept getting in between me, this blog post and you. And I really want you to have it, because building this new table is easy and fun! But before I get into the nitty gritty bits, lets wind back to the first table I built, ok?

Coffee table number one was a sort of upcycle project for an old cable drum that we had sitting around – remember the blog post about it?

It was a fun table, but incredibly heavy due to the cable drum base, and also an inch to high to be able to sit comfortably with your legs on it (don’t tell me I am the only one who does that with their coffee tables?). So long story short, I built another one! A bit smaller, a lot lighter in weight and well, if I may say so, quite a pretty coffee table at that.

So what do you need for this DIY?

  • MDF, plywood or wooden boards
  • 3×3″ wooden post (9x9cm)
  • Dowels (a lot of them ) or 1/2 dowels (those aren’t readily available, where I live)
  • Wood screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Nail Gun
  • Jigsaw + table or hand saw 
  • Drill 
  • Putty to fill holes
  • Paint

Apart from the dowels, I had everything at home. I don’t know what’s up with Sweden, but dowels are super pricey here! For this table they cost me about 100USD (1000sek) just in material, but I do know prices depend widely on where you are so don’t be discouraged reading this – I just want to put all the card on the table. Labor of Love!

Step #1 Prepare the table base plates

Every table needs a base, and I knew I wanted mine to be cladded in dowels. My first thought was to pour one in concrete, but it would have been incredibly heavy again, and I would have had issues to actually attach the dowels. So my husband came up with this great ideas I am about to show you. 

I cut out two identical shapes in MDF (which I had at hand). The shape is completely up to you – it could be square, one circle, four or five – just make sure its balanced and big enough to not fall over later). 

Step #2 Put together the table base

After the base top and bottom was cut out, I cut three ‘legs’ of the 9x9cm (3×3″) wide wooden posts to the desired height of table, minus the thickness of the top and base MDF sheet and table top. Don’t forget to take the width of the base plates and table top that off or your measurements, or your table will be too high!
I each leg in one of the ‘bubbles’ of the plates with a big screw and glue. 
I made sure the screws would be flush with the plates surface to decrease the chance for woobling later too. 

Step #3 Add the table top

Alright! We are getting closer! Now its time you add your prepared table top – that can be anything from a wood or stone slab, to glass or metal. I mean it’s really up to you – and the method has possibly to be amended for your choice. But since I am using wood, I have to add it now, to be able to attach it from underneath, without any marks on the top. 

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