2×4 Coffee Table

2x4 Coffee Table

Show All ItemsTo get an overview please watch the video.First, sorry for my English!This coffee table was made by a 2″x4″ (5cm x 10cm) and 8 feet (240cm) long. I know it is a wrong 2×4 because it is 2″x 4″ and a real 2×4 is not 2″x 4″The wood I used was Swiss pine, in German “Zirbe”. It smells pretty good, so I decided not to use any wood finish.
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2x4 Coffee Table

To get an overview please watch the video.First, sorry for my English!This coffee table was made by a 2″x4″ (5cm x 10cm) and 8 feet (240cm) long. I know it is a wrong 2×4 because it is 2″x 4″ and a real 2×4 is not 2″x 4″The wood I used was Swiss pine, in German “Zirbe”. It smells pretty good, so I decided not to use any wood finish.
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2x4 Coffee Table

Our 2×4 outdoor sofas have been wonderful. I love them so much, I had to make a matching outdoor coffee table. This coffee table is just 2x4s, and all you’ll need to build it is a drill and a saw.
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2x4 Coffee Table

Well Stephan, you definitely did a great job using your skills, mill, and shop to make this. I'm not really sure how this was an instruction for a guy to follow, who lives in an apartment (flat as the euros call it). There are plenty of those who still make stuff from old pallets in their apartment I guess.

2x4 Coffee Table

Back on point, finding a mill in the US, to cut an actual 2×4 will be hard to find or expensive to purchase. Some cities have wood specialty stores, but again, they are expensive.

2x4 Coffee Table

Here in the US, the average 2×4 in my area, is 1 5/8th inches (41.2mm?) thick by 3.5 inches wide, by 8 foot long. So you'd have to seek out a mill, as I mentioned before, in order to begin to follow your instructable here.

2x4 Coffee Table

I think that's where a lot of the static from US commenters is coming from.

2x4 Coffee Table

Again, I thought your video was great and easy to follow. I look forward to see other posts.

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Coffee Table Take a whole bunch of 2x4s and some hairpin legs, screw them all together, slap on some protective gloss, and you’ve got a super-stylish spot for coffee and cocktails (not to mention propped-up feet). Raw wood gives the table a hand-hewn vibe, but the boards could certainly be stained or painted for a more finished appearance. Related: 16 Designs for a Low-Cost DIY Coffee Table
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So designed a coffee table to match the 2×4 sofa and sectional styling, again using all 2x4s. Again, only a drill and a saw needed – no Kreg Jig required.  Now I love my Kreg Jig to pieces.  It is an amazing tool and I believe everyone should have one.  But I like to do projects too that don’t require a Kreg Jig for people just getting into woodworking, and not ready to invest in all the tools just yet.  If you have a Kreg Jig, you can certainly use it on this project to hide screws as well.
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Aside from the 2×4, he just uses wood glue and four screws alongside a slew of power tools. The end result is a sturdy, simple coffee table that’s also a bit of a technical marvel considering how few materials are needed to make it. Head over to Instructables for the full guide for doing so.
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Hi Pete, first I want to thank you for providing help to newer people. But I do have something to add here. I understand you didn’t design these plans and may not even know this yourself. However, the method you use to secure the table top of the table base (or table apron in other words) is very flawed / faulty. Using the method of driving screws in every 8 to 10 inches upward, you eliminate the tabletop’s ability to contract and expand width wise. when it expands (and it will at some point) the restriction will cause the table top to split the joint where the legs join with the table rails and apron. Try using a cleat system to secure it, or even elongated pocket holes or something that allows for expansion of the wood table top. the table top can only expand width wise (side to side) wood doesn’t really expand length wise so the bread boards should be fine. I wouldn’t be surprised if peoples tables are seriously warping or cracking that were made only 4 months ago or a little more perhaps less in some climates. With that said I did make this table just to see if using construction grade lumber would turn out horrible later on for warping and cupping of the boards with the pocket hole construction method. I’ll post a more detailed review later on. Haven’t stained or poly’d it yet though.
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Ever since I bought a dark wood coffee table and kept it in attic, my wife and kids have started taking their morning coffee with me, and we enjoy watching lush green garden and listen humming of birds in our front yard. Earlier, each of us used to switch on the television while sipping coffee and none of us wanted to step out of our beds.
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I like it! I think this could reasonably be done with a standard “2×4” US framing stud. The table would turn out smaller of course, but all techniques would be the same. I may have to give this a shot 🙂

Good project, thanks for sharing!

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Take a whole bunch of 2x4s and some hairpin legs, screw them all together, slap on some protective gloss, and you’ve got a super-stylish spot for coffee and cocktails (not to mention propped-up feet). Raw wood gives the table a hand-hewn vibe, but the boards could certainly be stained or painted for a more finished appearance. Related: 16 Designs for a Low-Cost DIY Coffee Table
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Great job. Fantastic how this was made from a single 2×4. However, note that your average USA homeowner doesn't have the space or equipment that you used. Still, very inspirational. Congratulations.

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STEP 1: I prestained all of my 2×4 boards on sawhorses outside. I like to prestain outdoor projects especially if they are slatted, creating difficult to reach areas, and because I can stain all sides of every board, further protecting joints from the weather and moisture.
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STEP 1: I prestained all of my 2×4 boards on sawhorses outside. I like to prestain outdoor projects especially if they are slatted, creating difficult to reach areas, and because I can stain all sides of every board, further protecting joints from the weather and moisture. This stain is a translucent penetrating deck/fence stain. It soaks into the wood for deep protection. To keep up with protection, you just have to reapply a coat about every 5 years. No sanding, stripping, just brush on over the existing coat.
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I needed a new coffee table for the living room and this design fit the bill perfectly. I came across a table from Ana-White.com that I loved, but modified it a bit because I wanted a breadboard style top. To see her plans click here. The difference between the table in this post is that I cut the top pieces to 41″ (vs 52″) and added the 2×6 pieces to each end, making it come to 52″ with a breadboard style top.
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No plans yet, but here is how I did the end table. Hopefully plans will follow, although it was super easy to modify the coffee table plans. 🙂
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Mark the table up with various tools to give the table character. I like to use a hammer and a small bit to punch holes in the top that resemble worm holes (see Episode 3 -Part 2 video). You can also run a circular saw blade across to give it individual saw marks (without it being plugged in). Hammers, scraping tools, bolts, pipe wrenches, crow bars, and other tools can be used to mark up the table and give it a unique look. Make sure to keep marks random so they look natural and don’t overdo the distressing!
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Step 11: AssemblingShow All ItemsJust screw the table stand on the table top.If you have any questions, please write them in the comments.If you like this, please vote for it in the table contest.
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Just screw the table stand on the table top.If you have any questions, please write them in the comments.If you like this, please vote for it in the table contest.
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But I found as we were relaxing and using the sectional, we really needed somewhere to put drinks and snacks, somewhere to put our feet up.  We needed a coffee table to match.
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Take a whole bunch of 2x4s and some hairpin legs, screw them all together, slap on some protective gloss, and you’ve got a super-stylish spot for coffee and cocktails (not to mention propped-up feet). Raw wood gives the table a hand-hewn vibe, but the boards could certainly be stained or painted for a more finished appearance.