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Coffee Table Plans

Constructing a table may seem difficult but many coffee table plans are easy first projects for the beginning woodworker. Pre-cut lumber, sandpaper, nails, screws or glue, and finishing materials will allow you to make your own coffee table quickly.


The plans available for coffee tables include tables with square legs, turned spindle legs and some include drawers. Drop leaf tables have folding sides allowing the table to be placed against a wall until it is needed. Butler tables have a removable top that allows it to be carried to the kitchen, filled with beverages and snacks then returned to the living room.

Butler and drop leaf tables are intermediate projects. Each woodworking project improves ones skill allowing for more complex building projects. End tables that contain hidden drawers and secret compartments will become family treasures to be passed down to future generations.

Coffee Table Plans

Coffee Tables


There are many different types of wood available for building tables. Hardwoods will produce a gorgeous finish when completed. Softwoods are easier to work with but lack the strength for heavy loads. Oak coffee tables will provide a weight bearing capacity with a beautiful finish. Beginning woodworkers should choose inexpensive woods for their first projects. Mistakes are part of the learning project and it is less costly to use a less costly wood like pine until you gain confidence and skills.


Constructing woodworking projects is easy when woodworking plans are followed systematically. Over time, the steps will become second nature. Reading through the plans instructions you will know what tools will be needed, what types of hardware will be required and if any special applications such as routing, mitering or beading is needed. Many woodworking plans are detailed and include instructions on what to do if an improper cut or mistake is been made during construction.


Painting is one finishing options which lessens the projects completion time. Painting is a good finish for less expensive woods. Sanding all surfaces prior to constructing is best. Once a project has been completed, is it difficult to sand corners. Stains are available in many shades including colors. Once a wood coffee table has been stained, it can be oiled, producing a soft finish, or varnished which produces a shiny surface. These stains produce a unique finish to accent a room. Some coffee table plans include suggestions on ways to finish the project.


Coffee table plans include suggestions on woods to use. Once a project has been constructed, it is easy to recognize alternative material options. Homes slated for destruction often contain wood that can be re-used. Tongue and groove floors, walls and ceilings can be stripped, sanded, re-finished. Old barns also contain re-useable wood. Wooden freight pallets are another source for raw materials. Demolition companies, homeowners and farmers are easily approached. Old wood should be checked for insect infestations. Occasionally old wood will require fumigation before it can be used.

Coffee table plans are easy first woodworking projects for beginners that can grow into complex works of art. Once the basic skills of woodworking are acquired, the ability to build a house full of furniture is possible.

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