How to make a DIY wood coffee table

March 15, 2020

Learn how to make an easy DIY wood coffee table using materials to hand.

My husband has been working on a big garden transformation, removing redundant climbing equipment and raised to beds to create a fabulous new seating area, centered around a fire pit.

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When the fire pit is not in use a coffee table sits over the top, perfect for drinks and snacks in the sunshine.

 

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DIY wood coffee table 

For the frame you will need:-

  • Eight pieces 2’ long 1 3/4” square 
  • Four pieces 18” long by 2 3/4 and 2”(these are the legs)

For the top you will need:-

  • Ten pieces 29 1/2 by 2 3/4 by 3/4”’

Building a frame for two sides of the table with two long pieces screwed to legs.

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Predrill a hole then fix in super-long screws- these screws are long 3”. Doing this on the table helps you get a flat edge for your finished table.

 

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Join the two sides together to form a square with your remaining four cross pieces. It’s helpful to have an extra pair of hands to help you hold the pieces in place whilst you drill.

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Once we had the completed frame we double-checked that it fitted over the fire pit as planned.

 

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Lastly cut pieces for the top. We have used 10 old fence panels from the former climbing equipment, each piece measures 29 1/2 by 2 3/4 by 3/4”’

As the pieces do not fit snuggly across the top they are spread out fractionally, evenly across the top.

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Screw these in position to secure, my husband used a countersink drill piece so the top of the screws lies flat to the tabletop.

Lastly, apply a coat of teak oil liberally to protect the wood.

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I love the result, the coffee table keeps the fire pit dry and is light enough for me to lift off when we wish to toast marshmallows.

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