Notes on the Materials

The coffee table shown here is constructed from laminated 1x4 oak boards, but you can also use pine. Most building-supply stores sell sections of wood that have already been laminated. Of course, you can laminate the boards yourself, but I don't recommend it unless you are a very experienced woodworker and possess heavy-duty tools. Due to the number of boards and overall size, it is a bigger job than it looks. If you do laminate the boards yourself, the finished size of each of the two sections...

Attaching the Legs

Cut four legs (F) from 4x4 treated lumber, each 17-1 4 inches long. 2. Place the frame assembly on a level surface. Fit the four legs (F) in each of the outer corners, as shown in Figure 2. Glue and screw them in place on two sides with 4-1 2-inch- long screws. Use three screws through the frame on two sides of each leg. 3. From 2x4 treated lumber, cut one long leg support (G) measuring 28-1 2 inches long. 4. Glue and screw the long leg support (G) to the two legs (F) between the short back (D)...

Adding the Trim

The front and sides of the surround are trimmed with 3-1 2-inch-wide fluted wood molding (L). Rather than mitering the trim, I angled the corners using small corner stops (M). These are pieces 1 inch wide, 3-1 2 inches long, and 1 4 inch thick that I cut from scrap lumber. You can miter your trim or use the stops, whichever you prefer. 1. Measure and cut three pieces of fluted trim one for the front, and one for each of the sides. The exact length will vary depending upon whether or not you...

Adding the Table Slats

Cut five long table slats J from 1x4 treated lumber, each 56-1 2 inches long. 2. Refer to Figure 4 to guide your placement of the table slats. Glue and nail one long table slat I into the outermost position across the front of the frame so that it overhangs the frame by 1 inch on the front and on each side. Drive two 3-penny finishing nails through the long table slat J into the short side B , and two nails through the long table slat J into each of the long sides A . 3. Glue and nail three...

Constructing the Table

The table top consists of 2 x 6 slats that are mitered at a 45-degree angle on both ends and placed diagonally inside the table trim pieces D . They are supported by the side supports B and the legs A . Figure 3 shows the placement of each of the slats. The slats are numbered in the diagram to indicate the order in which they are attached. 1. Setting the first slat on its face, miter one end at a 45-degree angle. Then place the slat so that its long edge fits diagonally across the center of the...