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DIY Cone Coffee Table

  • June 29, 2017


I designed this DIY coffee table so that it could be made out of a single sheet of ¾” plywood some scrap pieces of 2x4 and a traffic cone. The only power tools that I used were a circular saw, orbital sander, and a drill.I made a Cone Table because there is absolutely no reason why I can't inhabit the land of Practical and the realm of Whimsy at the same time. Sure, it's silly and odd but it was fun to build, it's fun to look at, and it works great as a large coffee table. Plus, I am silly and odd. So, if you're as new as I am to the world of building, don't be afraid to jump right in, do something fun, and make your own traffic inspired furniture

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cut the plywood I had the nice people at home depot cut a full sheet of ¾” plywood into 15” wide strips. I then used my circular saw to cut a 4’-6” long strip and then another strip that was just ¾” shorter.

    2. Step: 2

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      Glue the plywood pieces together I I glued the 2 pieces of plywood together to make a 1-1/2” thick plywood table top. The end of the top piece over hangs the bottom piece by ¾”

    3. Step: 3

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      drill a big hole I used my cordless drill with a hole saw attachment to drill a 4” diameter hole through the table top.

    4. Step: 4

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      Cut the 2x4s I pushed the circle I just cut into the cone until it was snug. I then measured the distince between the bottom of the circle and the bottom of the cone. I cut 4 pieces of 2x4 to make a support for the circle that would keep it right at the height where it fit snuggly in the cone.

    5. Step: 5

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      Assemble the 2x4 support I predrilled holes through the 2x4s before screwing them together. I attached the plywood circle to the 2x4s in the same way.

    6. Step: 6

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      Determine the height of the leg. To determine the height of the leg I used a level and had my assitent hold up the table top while I measured.

    7. Step: 7

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      Cut the leg pieces I cut 2 more pieces of plywood. One was the length of the leg and the other just ¾” shorter.

    8. Step: 8

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      glue the leg pieces together. I I glued the leg pieces together again letting one piece overhang by ¾”.

    9. Step: 9

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      sand the edges I used a scrap piece of wood and some sandpaper to even up the edges of the plywood.

    10. Step: 10

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      glue and screw the leg to the table I glued and screwed the leg to the table top using clamps to hold it in place.

    11. Step: 11

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      sand edges flush I used my orbital sander to sand the edges of the table flush.

    12. Step: 12

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      finish I finished the table with 1 coat of minwax polycrylic. When the finish was dry I assembled the table and was done!

    13. Step: 13

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      Cut the plywood I had the nice people at home depot cut a full sheet of ¾” plywood into 15” wide strips. I then used my circular saw to cut a 4’-6” long strip and then another strip that was just ¾” shorter.

    14. Step: 14

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      Glue the plywood pieces together I I glued the 2 pieces of plywood together to make a 1-1/2” thick plywood table top. The end of the top piece over hangs the bottom piece by ¾”

    15. Step: 15

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      drill a big hole I used my cordless drill with a hole saw attachment to drill a 4” diameter hole through the table top.

    16. Step: 16

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      Cut the 2x4s I pushed the circle I just cut into the cone until it was snug. I then measured the distince between the bottom of the circle and the bottom of the cone. I cut 4 pieces of 2x4 to make a support for the circle that would keep it right at the height where it fit snuggly in the cone.

    17. Step: 17

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      Assemble the 2x4 support I predrilled holes through the 2x4s before screwing them together. I attached the plywood circle to the 2x4s in the same way.

    18. Step: 18

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      Determine the height of the leg. To determine the height of the leg I used a level and had my assitent hold up the table top while I measured.

    19. Step: 19

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      Cut the leg pieces I cut 2 more pieces of plywood. One was the length of the leg and the other just ¾” shorter.

    20. Step: 20

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      glue the leg pieces together. I I glued the leg pieces together again letting one piece overhang by ¾”.

    21. Step: 21

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      sand the edges I used a scrap piece of wood and some sandpaper to even up the edges of the plywood.

    22. Step: 22

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      glue and screw the leg to the table I glued and screwed the leg to the table top using clamps to hold it in place.

    23. Step: 23

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      sand edges flush I used my orbital sander to sand the edges of the table flush.

    24. Step: 24

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      finish I finished the table with 1 coat of minwax polycrylic. When the finish was dry I assembled the table and was done!

Comments (2)


  • This. Is. Awesome! And your dog makes the photo even better!

    By karen_atlanta, on June 29, 2017

  • Pup approved! What a fun project!

    By RYOBI Nation, on July 7, 2017

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DIY Cone Coffee Table

by Homemade Modern
Jun 29, 2017
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I designed this DIY coffee table so that it could be made out of a single sheet of ¾” plywood some scrap pieces of 2x4 and a traffic cone. The only power tools that I used were a circular saw, orbital sander, and a drill.I made a Cone Table because there is absolutely no reason why I can't inhabit the land of Practical and the realm of Whimsy at the same time. Sure, it's silly and odd but it was fun to build, it's fun to look at, and it works great as a large coffee table. Plus, I am silly and odd. So, if you're as new as I am to the world of building, don't be afraid to jump right in, do something fun, and make your own traffic inspired furniture

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge de6e1937 cd41 49a7 9a68 ab0b258d9a03

    Cut the plywood I had the nice people at home depot cut a full sheet of ¾” plywood into 15” wide strips. I then used my circular saw to cut a 4’-6” long strip and then another strip that was just ¾” shorter.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge a26258f6 0cfc 40ae 84d5 d0cc57cf29eb

    Glue the plywood pieces together I I glued the 2 pieces of plywood together to make a 1-1/2” thick plywood table top. The end of the top piece over hangs the bottom piece by ¾”

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 93d6a860 b85f 4553 9765 4b46020d2d67

    drill a big hole I used my cordless drill with a hole saw attachment to drill a 4” diameter hole through the table top.

  4. Step: 4
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    Cut the 2x4s I pushed the circle I just cut into the cone until it was snug. I then measured the distince between the bottom of the circle and the bottom of the cone. I cut 4 pieces of 2x4 to make a support for the circle that would keep it right at the height where it fit snuggly in the cone.

  5. Step: 5
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    Assemble the 2x4 support I predrilled holes through the 2x4s before screwing them together. I attached the plywood circle to the 2x4s in the same way.

  6. Step: 6
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    Determine the height of the leg. To determine the height of the leg I used a level and had my assitent hold up the table top while I measured.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 23a68542 fe2a 4270 a54a 57f31e91c529

    Cut the leg pieces I cut 2 more pieces of plywood. One was the length of the leg and the other just ¾” shorter.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 6574cd20 faec 4fb9 bcb8 d9ec64b123b6

    glue the leg pieces together. I I glued the leg pieces together again letting one piece overhang by ¾”.

  9. Step: 9
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    sand the edges I used a scrap piece of wood and some sandpaper to even up the edges of the plywood.

  10. Step: 10
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    glue and screw the leg to the table I glued and screwed the leg to the table top using clamps to hold it in place.

  11. Step: 11
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    sand edges flush I used my orbital sander to sand the edges of the table flush.

  12. Step: 12
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    finish I finished the table with 1 coat of minwax polycrylic. When the finish was dry I assembled the table and was done!

  13. Step: 13
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    Cut the plywood I had the nice people at home depot cut a full sheet of ¾” plywood into 15” wide strips. I then used my circular saw to cut a 4’-6” long strip and then another strip that was just ¾” shorter.

  14. Step: 14
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    Glue the plywood pieces together I I glued the 2 pieces of plywood together to make a 1-1/2” thick plywood table top. The end of the top piece over hangs the bottom piece by ¾”

  15. Step: 15
    Huge 3cb6f57e 5c27 4ad6 a784 868a692ace4f

    drill a big hole I used my cordless drill with a hole saw attachment to drill a 4” diameter hole through the table top.

  16. Step: 16
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    Cut the 2x4s I pushed the circle I just cut into the cone until it was snug. I then measured the distince between the bottom of the circle and the bottom of the cone. I cut 4 pieces of 2x4 to make a support for the circle that would keep it right at the height where it fit snuggly in the cone.

  17. Step: 17
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    Assemble the 2x4 support I predrilled holes through the 2x4s before screwing them together. I attached the plywood circle to the 2x4s in the same way.

  18. Step: 18
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    Determine the height of the leg. To determine the height of the leg I used a level and had my assitent hold up the table top while I measured.

  19. Step: 19
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    Cut the leg pieces I cut 2 more pieces of plywood. One was the length of the leg and the other just ¾” shorter.

  20. Step: 20
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    glue the leg pieces together. I I glued the leg pieces together again letting one piece overhang by ¾”.

  21. Step: 21
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    sand the edges I used a scrap piece of wood and some sandpaper to even up the edges of the plywood.

  22. Step: 22
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    glue and screw the leg to the table I glued and screwed the leg to the table top using clamps to hold it in place.

  23. Step: 23
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    sand edges flush I used my orbital sander to sand the edges of the table flush.

  24. Step: 24
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    finish I finished the table with 1 coat of minwax polycrylic. When the finish was dry I assembled the table and was done!