A beautiful coffee table could make a difference in your drawing room or garden area. However, a designer coffee table is worth a fortune. Even if you lack advanced tools and machine-like filling machines, you can always save yourself a fortune by the hand tools. And since a coffee table is an easy design, you can always start there as a beginner. Just a few tools at your arm’s length would do the trick. What better way to establish yourself as a handyman than showcasing your coffee table to your guest.
Steps to Making a Coffee Table
Several steps should be followed to make a perfect coffee table with absolute precision.
The coffee table does not require any advanced tools, only a few essential would do. A drilling machine is needed for the predrilling of holes. Clamps would be very useful since you need to attach various parts to make it a whole. A band saw or a hand saw is a fantastic idea. Make sure to have at least one clamp that is big enough for the legs to attach to the top.
For your safety wear gloves and wear a mask properly especially if you are
Cut the Top According to Your Space
Take the lumbers and measure carefully by the meter tape. If you desire a round shape the top must be cut from s single lumber. If it is a rectangular shape top, use the hand saw and the angle clamper to make a precision cut of the angles. You can reshape your limber by a milling machine or even a band saw.
But in case you are not sure about what should be your shape or your measurement, it is always a good idea to cut four standard boards. The boards will be approximately two inches thick and eight inches wide. The 2×8s length may serve as the top of the coffee table.
Use the hand saw or a table saw to cut the length that serves your purpose. It is noteworthy that a tabletop even for coffee can be made from a single, wide slab of desired wood. But this usually uncommon since a single slab of wood that is wide enough is harder to find.
Milling at the Planar
After you have cut your pieces you need to smooth the rough surfaces to get a planar, smooth surface, especially if you cut from the lumber, you need to get rid of the dirty raggedy wooden surface. Lumber needs to be cut and dried properly for it to be excellently shaped. You can use belt sands to even it out.
Placing the Top Together
This step is needed when cutting your wood in standard pieces as mentioned in the above-mentioned point. Stick some wood glue on the two-inch width of a thick sized board stick to the other. You have to stick all of them together so that they form this smooth surface. The top is preferred to have a smooth flat surface, so, keep that in mind. It is a good idea to glue them over a flat surface to make that happen.
Only use glue on the sides that will be in contact with the other pieces. Be careful about it since it would deteriorate the look if you wrongfully put glue on an extra side that did not need it. The end of the planks should align perfectly for it to look symmetrical. After gluing the sides and then attaching them, use a clamper to tighten while the glue sticks.
Securing the Boards
Cut some small pieces of wood maybe 2 by 4 then secure them on the narrower side cut some small pieces of wood maybe 2 by 4 then secure them on the narrower side.
Build some slim wood screws. The wooden pieces should be attached by the long side of the tabletop. Lie the tabletop down on a flat surface and use the wood screws to attach the small pieces so they can secure the top for the long run.
Planning a Shelf
Depending on what height you would love for your coffee table to have, you could build a shelf for magazine keeping. It goes the same way as making a tabletop, the difference is that when you measure the shelf you should count the measure of the legs and at which distance the legs will stand and cut accordingly for it to fit. It would be easier for you if you could use wider boards to make it work.
Hard Long Lasting Top with Added Sides (optional)
Pressing wooden pieces to each side could secure the top perfectly. Cut the board according to the already made tabletop. Before cutting the width does measure well, lay the made top on the ground and carefully mark the width. Cut accordingly, preferably with a hand saw. Place on each side and then attach each to each side. To make it look more geometrically appealing you could cut the angles accurately to conjoint. This step, however, requires more work.
Measure the Legs
A coffee table should not be too high, instead, use a comfortable height according to the height of your chair or sofa. The legs should be derived from a short section of 4×4 approximately 43-45 cm or 17 inches is an average height for coffee table with shelf.
Cut four pieces of plywood. Then smoothen down to maybe one and a half-inch of thickness. After squaring them up, cut them to the expected length using a miter saw and use a stop block so you can repeat. Make your registration block by using three pieces of wood and gluing them around.
After you made a block and glued the block that you are going to mend to be the legs, you are set, the miter saw will just swoop into the cut.
Fixing the Cracks and Defects
Using epoxy with acrylic paint, whichever color suits the tint of the wood will do the trick. Melt them, mix the acrylic, before pouring on the crack, tape the hole on the other side, then pour, top make sure it is going all the way down, break the surface tension by a toothpick, and let it dry
The Joinery of the Base
Take the cut plywood and attach to each leg, position each of the 2×4 pieces that were cut 4.5 inches from the bottom of the different leg, after predrilling the wholes screw them through the legs and into the joinery, repeat for the others.
Predrilling the Holes
Making a joint before attaching a leg will give you a long-lasting base, predrill two holes in each standard cut wood, use the wood screws to attach them.
A coffee table is the simplest wooden craft that you could achieve even at a beginner level. With these instructions, you could get yourself an IKEA level coffee table to decorate your house.