I needed a change.
When my wife and I got married, we bought a lot of new furniture for our first home. We had a new couch, a new chair, and a new dining room set. But, we kept one thing from my wife’s college dorm room…her coffee table. The coffee table was a cheap, production-made coffee table bought at some big box store. It wobbled, it was scratched, and after 12 years, it was time for it to go.
I knew that I wanted to build my own coffee table because, well duh, I have a fully equipped shop. But I also had never built a coffee table before and needed some inspiration. I began looking for that right table. After a couple of hours looking around the internet, I found the design I was looking for.
Liz from LoveGrowsWild.com had just completed a living room makeover and had built a rustic farmhouse coffee table for it. The original design was from Gina over at Shabby Creek Cottage, but her table was a bit smaller. Like Liz, I was looking for something a little bigger. So with some measurements from the internet, and a rough sketch in a notebook, I began.
Everything on this table is pine. I wanted to get that rustic look, plus pine is light and easier to work with. I knew that I would be carrying this table into my house by myself, so I didn’t want to make it out of a heavy wood. It’s always good to think ahead. The base came together pretty quickly mostly because of the Kreg Pocket Screw Machine at the shop. Drill some holes, pop in a couple screws, and *WHALA* a coffee table base.
I cut the seven pieces that make up the top on the miter saw. I used the select grade pine because, like I said, I was going for the rustic look, and so I liked have the grain knots throughout the top. For a little more sturdiness though, I screwed the individual pieces to a piece of MDF board. It’s got to be sturdy, I’ve got 3 boys who are going to see this as nothing more than a diving board!
A couple support pieces were needed to attach everything together. Since I had everything upside down, I figured it was a good time to put the finish on because I NEVER remember to put finish on the obscure places. Did I need to stain the support pieces? No, but what if some one tripped and fell and landed underneath my coffee table. I don’t them thinking, “Wow, he never finished this coffee table. This guy is so lazy!”
The finish is a red mahogany stain. I don’t know why exactly, but I really like a dark stain on pine. I think it really makes all the knots and grain pop. I wish this coffee table was more complicated so I could brag about how excellent of a woodworker I am, but it really is quite easy. And to show you just how easy it is to build, we are hosting a FREE DEMONSTRATION on February 27th. We’ll show you some of the techniques and the steps to build your very own coffee table. We hope to see you there!