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DIY Cone Coffee Table

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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STEP 1: 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.


STEP 1: 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.
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STEP 2: 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”



STEP 2:  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”
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STEP 3: drill a big hole
I used my cordless drill with a hole saw attachment to drill a 4” diameter hole through the table top.


STEP 3: drill a big hole
I used my cordless drill with a hole saw attachment to drill a 4” diameter hole through the table top.
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Step 4. 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.


Step 4. 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.
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Step 5 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.



Step 5 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.
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Step 6. 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.


Step 6. 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.
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Step 7. Cut the leg pieces
I cut 2 more pieces of plywood. One was the length of the leg and the other just ¾” shorter.


Step 7. Cut the leg pieces
I cut 2 more pieces of plywood. One was the length of the leg and the other just ¾” shorter.
×

Step 8 glue the leg pieces together.
I I glued the leg pieces together again letting one piece overhang by ¾”.


Step 8 glue the leg pieces together.
I I glued the leg pieces together again letting one piece overhang by ¾”.
×

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


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

Step 10: 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.


Step 10: 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.
×

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


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

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


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

STEP 1: 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.


STEP 1: 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.
×

STEP 2: 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”



STEP 2:  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”
×

STEP 3: drill a big hole
I used my cordless drill with a hole saw attachment to drill a 4” diameter hole through the table top.


STEP 3: drill a big hole
I used my cordless drill with a hole saw attachment to drill a 4” diameter hole through the table top.
×

Step 4. 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.


Step 4. 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.
×

Step 5 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.



Step 5 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.
×

Step 6. 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.


Step 6. 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.
×

Step 7. Cut the leg pieces
I cut 2 more pieces of plywood. One was the length of the leg and the other just ¾” shorter.


Step 7. Cut the leg pieces
I cut 2 more pieces of plywood. One was the length of the leg and the other just ¾” shorter.
×

Step 8 glue the leg pieces together.
I I glued the leg pieces together again letting one piece overhang by ¾”.


Step 8 glue the leg pieces together.
I I glued the leg pieces together again letting one piece overhang by ¾”.
×

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


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

Step 10: 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.


Step 10: 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.
×

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


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

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


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

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

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RYOBI NATION

Pup approved! What a fun project!

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Project Information

Difficulty: Intermediate
Category: Furniture

Materials Used:

  • 2x4

  • traffic cone

  • hole saw attachment

  • wood glue

  • Plywood


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