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Two Modular Coffee Tables

Two Modular Coffee Tables

(c) 2007 Chris Baylor licensed to About.com, Inc.
If you have a couch or sofa in your living room, chances are you either have, or could use a coffee table. Well, we've taken the coffee table one step further.

In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a matching pair of modular, glass-topped coffee tables. Two of these tables can be arranged together in a number of ways to make one larger coffee table, or they can be used independently as end tables. They have casters hidden underneath to make re-arranging the tables a snap, and are a relatively easy project to build.

This unit can be built using pretty much any type of wood you'd like, and can be stained or painted. We liked the look of Douglas Fir, stained with a relatively dark English Chestnut finish. However, you can finish your coffee tables in whatever manner will best fit your living room decor.

The downloadable plans include a bill of materials for one table without the optional middle shelf. Should you choose to include the middle shelf, build a second table or adjust the overall height of the table, adjust your lumber order accordingly.

Download the Free Woodworking Plans to build your own Modular Coffee Tables (PDF).

Difficulty Level
  • Woodworking: Easy to Moderate
  • Finishing: Stain and Polyurethane or Paint

  • Time to Complete
  • 4-5 Hours

  • Recommended Tools
  • Miter Saw or Circular Saw
  • Table Saw or Radial Arm Saw with Dado Set
  • Router with 1/4" Roundover Bit and Router Table, collar and 1/2" Straight Cutting bit
  • Biscuit Joiner and #10 Biscuits
  • Jigsaw
  • Large Clamps

  • Materials Needed
  • 20' of 1x8 - Pine, Maple, Poplar or Oak
  • 10' of 1x6 - Pine, Maple, Poplar or Oak
  • 24' of 1x2 - Pine, Maple, Poplar or Oak
  • 6' of milled 2x2 (actual size) - Pine, Maple, Poplar or Oak
  • 2 Pieces Beveled Glass
  • 12 1-1/2" diameter casters with 4-screw mounting brackets
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Woodworker's Glue
  • Finish nails
  • Stain or Paint
  • Sandpaper
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