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Hidden Storage Coffee Table

  • September 18, 2017

Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt

A simple DIY Farmhouse style coffee table with a hidden feature, storage! Flip open the top of the coffee table to reveal storage space for all of your remotes, magazines, books, etc.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cut List 4 – 3 ½” x 3 ½” x 17 ¼” 5 – ¾” x 5 ½” x 48” 4 – ¾” x 5 ½” x 42 ½” 2 – ¾” x 5 ½” x 39” 2 – ¾” x 5 ½” x 18 ½” 2 – ¾” x 1 ½” x 39” 2 – ¾” x 1 ½” x 18 ½” 2 – ¾” x 2 ¼” x 2 ½”

    2. Step: 2

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      Make sure to choose the straightest boards to use for this table. Cut all of the boards according to the cut list.

    3. Step: 3

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      Cut 1 ¾” x 1 ¾” notches in 2 corners of 2 - 42 ½” boards. These notches can be trimmed a little larger if needed to fit later. (See cut diagram for placement.)

    4. Step: 4

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      Optional – route a 1/8” round over on the 5 – top planks (48”). This will make it less obvious where the boards are hinged. If you don’t have a router, you can use a sander on an angle to achieve the same look.

    5. Step: 5

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      The top (48”) will have 2 boards joined together and 3 boards joined together. The bottom boards (42 ½”) will all be joined together. Drill pocket holes for ¾” material in the boards. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach the boards together. *Let the glue dry with the boards flat! Optional – sand and finish the top and bottom boards now before assembly onto table.

    6. Step: 6

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      Drill pocket holes for ¾” material in all of the ends of the skirt boards (5 ½” x 39”, 5 ½” x 18 ½”). On the back skirt board and the sides, drill additional pocket holes to attach the back top piece later.

    7. Step: 7

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      Mark 1” in from the outsides of the legs. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach the skirt boards to each leg. Inset the skirt boards 1” from the outside of the leg, and make the skirt and leg tops flush. Repeat for each leg, until base is assembled.

    8. Step: 8

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      Mark ¼” along the long side of each trim piece. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails to attach the trim to the bottom of the skirt boards. Offset the trim to stick out ¼”.

    9. Step: 9

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      Drill pocket holes for ¾” material in the hinge support blocks (2 ½” x 2 ¼”). Mark 7 7/8” from the inside of the leg. Place the block at 7 7/8" and 1/8" down from the top of the skirt. Attach the hinge support block to the skirt with wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws. Optional – sand and finish the table base now.

    10. Step: 10

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      Attach the hinges to the front top piece (3 – 48” boards) according to the manufactures directions. The center of the hinges should be about 4” from each end. I use the liberty hinge template and 35mm forstner bit.

    11. Step: 11

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      Center the front top piece (3 -48” boards) on the table base and attach hinges to the hinge support block.

    12. Step: 12

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      Place the back top piece (2 – 48” boards) next to the front top pieces and secure in place with 1 ¼” pocket holes screws. Lift the lid and make sure it can open, adjust hinges as necessary.

    13. Step: 13

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      Open table top and slide the bottom piece into place. Trim the bottom as necessary to fit. Use brad nails and 1 ¼” nails to secure bottom onto the trim.

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  • This is great! And beautiful too.
    By Kasey T., on February 23, 2018

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Hidden Storage Coffee Table

by Her Tool Belt
Sep 18, 2017
Medium f3ec8308 ad5d 4a20 8e6a 4ae0e8d0925d

A simple DIY Farmhouse style coffee table with a hidden feature, storage! Flip open the top of the coffee table to reveal storage space for all of your remotes, magazines, books, etc.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 1ec00e31 dbe1 41f9 ae81 d5b96f1caba4

    Cut List 4 – 3 ½” x 3 ½” x 17 ¼” 5 – ¾” x 5 ½” x 48” 4 – ¾” x 5 ½” x 42 ½” 2 – ¾” x 5 ½” x 39” 2 – ¾” x 5 ½” x 18 ½” 2 – ¾” x 1 ½” x 39” 2 – ¾” x 1 ½” x 18 ½” 2 – ¾” x 2 ¼” x 2 ½”

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 8b1630fb 6f09 4895 831c 2280977035a2

    Make sure to choose the straightest boards to use for this table. Cut all of the boards according to the cut list.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 589414ab 1504 496f 98f3 523acd862e95

    Cut 1 ¾” x 1 ¾” notches in 2 corners of 2 - 42 ½” boards. These notches can be trimmed a little larger if needed to fit later. (See cut diagram for placement.)

  4. Step: 4
    Huge dc4c8440 bc58 4179 9a4b 577b25562969

    Optional – route a 1/8” round over on the 5 – top planks (48”). This will make it less obvious where the boards are hinged. If you don’t have a router, you can use a sander on an angle to achieve the same look.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge add0e977 eac7 49d7 9ebd 03007f38d965

    The top (48”) will have 2 boards joined together and 3 boards joined together. The bottom boards (42 ½”) will all be joined together. Drill pocket holes for ¾” material in the boards. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach the boards together. *Let the glue dry with the boards flat! Optional – sand and finish the top and bottom boards now before assembly onto table.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 18fea275 e699 4760 93f1 e84bb6ae74e0

    Drill pocket holes for ¾” material in all of the ends of the skirt boards (5 ½” x 39”, 5 ½” x 18 ½”). On the back skirt board and the sides, drill additional pocket holes to attach the back top piece later.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 4ab436a1 0a26 4d9f 9f06 340012adf47c

    Mark 1” in from the outsides of the legs. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach the skirt boards to each leg. Inset the skirt boards 1” from the outside of the leg, and make the skirt and leg tops flush. Repeat for each leg, until base is assembled.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 751dca20 67f5 4128 8ca6 d1f5d206bda3

    Mark ¼” along the long side of each trim piece. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails to attach the trim to the bottom of the skirt boards. Offset the trim to stick out ¼”.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge c4e1c9dc 7744 4b37 a3dc 08b13ce6689f

    Drill pocket holes for ¾” material in the hinge support blocks (2 ½” x 2 ¼”). Mark 7 7/8” from the inside of the leg. Place the block at 7 7/8" and 1/8" down from the top of the skirt. Attach the hinge support block to the skirt with wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws. Optional – sand and finish the table base now.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 32db983d 478f 46a5 b5d4 56ffd281ee5a

    Attach the hinges to the front top piece (3 – 48” boards) according to the manufactures directions. The center of the hinges should be about 4” from each end. I use the liberty hinge template and 35mm forstner bit.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge f8c47d25 eb32 4c87 a100 e07fff69886d

    Center the front top piece (3 -48” boards) on the table base and attach hinges to the hinge support block.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 8118529a 2349 4b61 a4f8 0540d6315f01

    Place the back top piece (2 – 48” boards) next to the front top pieces and secure in place with 1 ¼” pocket holes screws. Lift the lid and make sure it can open, adjust hinges as necessary.

  13. Step: 13
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    Open table top and slide the bottom piece into place. Trim the bottom as necessary to fit. Use brad nails and 1 ¼” nails to secure bottom onto the trim.