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Modern-Inspired Coffee Table for Under $100



This modern style coffee table is both simple and stylish. It's inspired by a West Elm version, but this can be built for under $100. The large drawer is a perfect place to store board games or extra blankets. Download the printable plans for the full materials list and cut list for this project.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Cut all of your pieces to size, per the printable plans.

    2. Step: 2

      Using a hot clothes iron, apply veneer banding to all four edges of the coffee table top, bottom, and feet. Also apply veneer banding to the front and back edges of the side panels, as well as the long edges of the legs. Trim the veneer banding with a trimming tool or razor knife. Sand all of the pieces smooth with an orbital sanding and 220 grit sandpaper.

    3. Step: 3

      Drill 3/4” pocket holes into the upper and lower edges of the legs and side panels. Using wood glue and 1 1/4” pocket screws, attach the legs and side panels to the coffee table bottom.

    4. Step: 4

      Using wood glue and 1 1/4” pocket screws attach the coffee table top to the legs and side panels, carefully clamping it into place and ensuring the panels and legs are square. Drill 3/4” pocket holes into all four edges of the rear panel. Install flush with the edges of the side panels and clamp into place. Secure in place with 1 1/4” pocket screws.

    5. Step: 5

      Measure and mark 1” in from the corners of the coffee table bottom. Apply wood glue to the feet and set in place so that they are 1” in from each corner edge. Nail in place with 1 1/4” brad nails.

    6. Step: 6

      To build the drawer, drill 1/2” pocket holes into the bottom and front edges of the drawer sides as well as the bottom and side edges of the drawer back. Also drill 1/2” pocket holes into the front edge of the drawer bottom, to help in attaching the drawer front in the next step. Using wood glue and 1” pocket screws, attach the drawer sides to the drawer back. Apply a bead of glue to the edges of the drawer sides and back, then line up the drawer bottom. Clamp in place and attach with 1” pocket screws.

    7. Step: 7

      Measure and mark the notch for the drawer front, per the printable plans. Cut the notch out with a jigsaw.

    8. Step: 8

      Using wood glue and 1” pocket screws, attach the drawer front to the rest of the drawer box.

    9. Step: 9

      Attach drawer slides so that the drawer fits flush inside the coffee table with a 1/8” gap around all sides.

    10. Step: 10

      Use 3/8" dowels or wood filler to fill the pocket holes in the legs of the coffee table. Saw off with a hand saw and sand smooth. Finish coffee table with paint or stain.

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  • Beautiful work.
    By Siclestix, on September 24, 2018

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Modern-Inspired Coffee Table for Under $100

by Addicted 2 DIY
Jun 04, 2018

This modern style coffee table is both simple and stylish. It's inspired by a West Elm version, but this can be built for under $100. The large drawer is a perfect place to store board games or extra blankets. Download the printable plans for the full materials list and cut list for this project.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    Cut all of your pieces to size, per the printable plans.

  2. Step: 2

    Using a hot clothes iron, apply veneer banding to all four edges of the coffee table top, bottom, and feet. Also apply veneer banding to the front and back edges of the side panels, as well as the long edges of the legs. Trim the veneer banding with a trimming tool or razor knife. Sand all of the pieces smooth with an orbital sanding and 220 grit sandpaper.

  3. Step: 3

    Drill 3/4” pocket holes into the upper and lower edges of the legs and side panels. Using wood glue and 1 1/4” pocket screws, attach the legs and side panels to the coffee table bottom.

  4. Step: 4

    Using wood glue and 1 1/4” pocket screws attach the coffee table top to the legs and side panels, carefully clamping it into place and ensuring the panels and legs are square. Drill 3/4” pocket holes into all four edges of the rear panel. Install flush with the edges of the side panels and clamp into place. Secure in place with 1 1/4” pocket screws.

  5. Step: 5

    Measure and mark 1” in from the corners of the coffee table bottom. Apply wood glue to the feet and set in place so that they are 1” in from each corner edge. Nail in place with 1 1/4” brad nails.

  6. Step: 6

    To build the drawer, drill 1/2” pocket holes into the bottom and front edges of the drawer sides as well as the bottom and side edges of the drawer back. Also drill 1/2” pocket holes into the front edge of the drawer bottom, to help in attaching the drawer front in the next step. Using wood glue and 1” pocket screws, attach the drawer sides to the drawer back. Apply a bead of glue to the edges of the drawer sides and back, then line up the drawer bottom. Clamp in place and attach with 1” pocket screws.

  7. Step: 7

    Measure and mark the notch for the drawer front, per the printable plans. Cut the notch out with a jigsaw.

  8. Step: 8

    Using wood glue and 1” pocket screws, attach the drawer front to the rest of the drawer box.

  9. Step: 9

    Attach drawer slides so that the drawer fits flush inside the coffee table with a 1/8” gap around all sides.

  10. Step: 10

    Use 3/8" dowels or wood filler to fill the pocket holes in the legs of the coffee table. Saw off with a hand saw and sand smooth. Finish coffee table with paint or stain.