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FOLDING COFFEE TABLE

  • August 20, 2018

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There is nothing worse than having friends over to [insert activity here] and eat only to have them sprawled out on the floor or in your bed with their flimsy takeout containers. Take your hosting game to the next level with this DIY Folding Coffee Table. Comfortably seat your guests at a raised surface to eat, and once everyone leaves, fold it up and store under your bed or in the closet.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      MAKING THE LEGS Cut the furring strips (legs) down to 17 1/4" using the jigsaw (miter saw if possible). TIP: Overall table height should equal height to couch seat, so adjust accordingly and account for 3/4" top

    2. Step: 2

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      TABLE TOP Mark both sides of the material at 40" and connect the lines with your straight edge for most accurate line to follow. Cut 3/4" sheet from 48" down to 40" using the circular saw. TIP: Move slow enough to maintain a straight line, but fast enough to not burn the wood with the blade

    3. Step: 3

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      LEG CONNECTING PIECES With the cutoff piece from the top (8" x 24"), rip cut the material in half to give you two pieces about 3 7/8" x 24". Once you have rip cut the material, cut both pieces down to 3 7/8" x 20".

    4. Step: 4

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      ATTACHING THE LEGS Fasten 2 legs to each piece of 3 7/8" x 20” x 3/4" by drilling a pilot hole (so the wood doesn’t split) and fastening with your screws. Make sure that the pieces are flush along the sides and top. TIP: Drill and fasten from the 3/4" side because that will be the side facing inward and will not be seen giving the best overall look for your table.

    5. Step: 5

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      ATTACHING THE HINGES Lightly mark the underside of the top 1/2" in from the middle of the 24" side and 4" in on both sides of the 40" side. This will be where your legs stand in the upright position. TIP: Use a pencil so you can sand off the markings or at least cover easily with your finish

    6. Step: 6

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      FINISHING Sand your co ee table to get it smooth to the touch and clean off with a damp rag. Once dry, apply a finish of your choice. TIP: When sanding, start with a 150/220 grit. If desired, finish with 320+ grit for best feel before applying finish coat

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FOLDING COFFEE TABLE

by RYOBI Nation
Aug 20, 2018
Medium e8097144 833e 4141 a578 34172b2a91b7

There is nothing worse than having friends over to [insert activity here] and eat only to have them sprawled out on the floor or in your bed with their flimsy takeout containers. Take your hosting game to the next level with this DIY Folding Coffee Table. Comfortably seat your guests at a raised surface to eat, and once everyone leaves, fold it up and store under your bed or in the closet.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 9040dcd1 0e71 48af aa81 537e9a2dee91

    MAKING THE LEGS Cut the furring strips (legs) down to 17 1/4" using the jigsaw (miter saw if possible). TIP: Overall table height should equal height to couch seat, so adjust accordingly and account for 3/4" top

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 8ad5d316 88b1 41ae a424 f6f4a7346754

    TABLE TOP Mark both sides of the material at 40" and connect the lines with your straight edge for most accurate line to follow. Cut 3/4" sheet from 48" down to 40" using the circular saw. TIP: Move slow enough to maintain a straight line, but fast enough to not burn the wood with the blade

  3. Step: 3
    Huge ca217c1b aa14 46d4 8369 8a04c1354e8c

    LEG CONNECTING PIECES With the cutoff piece from the top (8" x 24"), rip cut the material in half to give you two pieces about 3 7/8" x 24". Once you have rip cut the material, cut both pieces down to 3 7/8" x 20".

  4. Step: 4
    Huge a8edc063 d3bc 43c9 aad7 0f0a4579f552

    ATTACHING THE LEGS Fasten 2 legs to each piece of 3 7/8" x 20” x 3/4" by drilling a pilot hole (so the wood doesn’t split) and fastening with your screws. Make sure that the pieces are flush along the sides and top. TIP: Drill and fasten from the 3/4" side because that will be the side facing inward and will not be seen giving the best overall look for your table.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 50cc3c8d 9a38 402f 9723 30b8d3d4d5e5

    ATTACHING THE HINGES Lightly mark the underside of the top 1/2" in from the middle of the 24" side and 4" in on both sides of the 40" side. This will be where your legs stand in the upright position. TIP: Use a pencil so you can sand off the markings or at least cover easily with your finish

  6. Step: 6
    Huge a2d83900 6348 4953 98db 415175314ce8

    FINISHING Sand your co ee table to get it smooth to the touch and clean off with a damp rag. Once dry, apply a finish of your choice. TIP: When sanding, start with a 150/220 grit. If desired, finish with 320+ grit for best feel before applying finish coat