This coffee table plan is meant for the do it yourself or home handyman. The steps are easy to follow and the tools are easy to use. Most of the tools required can be found in the garage of most do it yourself woodworkers and handymen. All of the joints and fasteners are simple and the design is simple yet elegant enough for any décor. While this coffee table plan is quite simple it will be just as stable and durable as much more complex coffee table designs.
The Supply List:
 8' 2x2
 8' 2x4
 8' 1x1
 ¾” board 2' x 4'
 box wood screws 1 ½” long
 box wood screws 2 ½” long
 bolts with wing nuts, ¼” thick and 6” long
Oak is one of the best wood species for this table but there are other woods you can use with this coffee table plan such as, maple, pine, or any quality woods suitable for paint, stain, or varnish.
Drill, corded or cordless with drill bits and a screw bit
Circular saw, table saw, or miter saw. Any of these will work as the cuts are basic and require no special blades or cutting techniques.
Wood glue or other construction adhesive.
Once you have have all of the supplies and tools ready you can begin to cut the pieces. The cut list for this coffee table plan will allow you to cut all of your pieces at once and then assemble everything. Using a solid work surface such as a woodworking table or saw horses will make it much easier to cut and assemble your new coffee table.
The Cut List:
(a) Legs: Cut the 2x2 into 4 pieces 16” long
(b) Top Rails: Cut the 2x4's into (2) 37” pieces and (2) 16” pieces
(c) Table Top: Cut the ¾” board to exactly 24” x 48”
(d) Corner Braces: Cut (4) 6” pieces of 2x4,and miter at 45 degrees at both ends
Assembling The Coffee Table
Place the top upside down on your work bench or saw horses. Place the top rail pieces on the underside of the table with the corners touching and centered to the table top. Place the fillets inside of the top rails so they are touching the rails and centered. Place some glue or adhesive on the fillets and then use the 1 ½ inch screws to fasten to the top. Once all fillets are glued and fastened you can glue the rails to the fillets and then use the 1 ½ inch screws to fasten the fillets to the rails. All screws should be screwed in from inside so they will not be seen. If you choose to pre-drill holes, use a small bit and be sure not to go all the way through.
Place the corner braces in each inside corner of the top rails and use glue and screws to fasten them. Position the legs in each corner and clamp them in place. Drill a hole all the way through the corner braces and the leg. Insert your bold from the outside corner and tighten the wing-nuts on the inside of the corner braces. Apply your desired finish and you have just used this basic coffee table plan to add a new look to your living room.