Coffee table from 2x4s and 2x6s

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Project by redesigningwood posted 01-23-2017 04:18 PM 3187 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a coffee table for my living room – initially tried pocket holes but did not like the way it felt under light/intermediate pressure (I sit on my coffee tables, sometimes, top was attached with pocket holes and glue and still is) So I rebuilt using lap joints and 7/8 dowels, no screws – Top is planed down slightly as well (and is held by z-clips to the frame).

Stain is espresso by minwax, 3 coats of poly afterwards.

Not perfect, but nothing ever is.

-- Mat

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#1 posted 01-23-2017 04:28 PM

Very nicely done, great to see young families build what they need, instead of buying junk that never lasts.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 01-23-2017 09:59 PM

This looks really nice and you made it from 2×4’s; imagine that!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 01-24-2017 12:11 AM

Nice job Mat, you did right with the joinery. Pocket hole screws don’t hold up well in soft wood like pine.

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#4 posted 01-24-2017 12:11 AM

Great looking table and I agree, will be there long after the box store one would be and made form 2×4’s.
Let your imagination run wild and out can come creativity.

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators

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#5 posted 01-24-2017 04:28 PM

Not opposed to using 2×4’s, but I might have spent more time selecting the boards. Depends on the look you’re going for I guess.

Isn’t it quite tall for a coffee table?

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#6 posted 01-24-2017 04:33 PM

Not opposed to using 2×4 s, but I might have spent more time selecting the boards. Depends on the look you re going for I guess.

Isn t it quite tall for a coffee table?

- gargey

The table is tall enough to eat at, about 2 feet high. ( its also tall enough that my kids can not climb up on it/stand on it)

what’s wrong with the boards?

-- Mat

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#7 posted 01-24-2017 04:36 PM

Nice table. I like your joinery. Living in a condo without a shop and therefore without planers and jointers, I can appreciate the use of dimensional lumber.

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#8 posted 01-24-2017 04:42 PM

A very beautiful table …. I love the height of it …...nothing wrong with the boards …. IMO …... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#9 posted 01-24-2017 04:50 PM

Great job on this coffee table! I also like to use framing lumber in many of my projects. I like that it is relatively inexpensive and it looks nice if you get straight grain.

I’ve found that a 2×10 will often yield better grain options (e.g avoiding knots and cathedral grain patterns) and I feel that they warp/twist/cup less than a 2×4. A downside to framing lumber for furniture is that it is soft and tends to dent easily, plus when I buy it at the big box store it almost always seems to be damp and I need to dry it at home for a few weeks before use (and hopefully it does not twist/warp/cup before I get to use it).

I’ve been thinking lately about using framing lumber to mock up design ideas and to practice joinery before I commit to the expensive hardwood. I think pallet wood and perhaps other sources would also serve this purpose.

I think your coffee table looks very nice and I’ll bet you get many years of good use from it.

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#10 posted 01-24-2017 04:59 PM

Nah, nothing wrong with the boards. They look great!!! I really have a soft spot for folks who us construction lumber. Given the time and effort, those boards destine to be in walls and roofs can make some nice furniture.

Without knowing exactly, gargey might be talking about the grain pattern. Some people like the flat sawn look and the wild grain pattern associated. Some people like the straight grain associated to rift or quarter sawn lumber. Your legs and top were obviously from 2×4 as said in the description and I personally like that look. The little extra time would come from picking through the stack and finding the “quarter sawn” pieces.

For example.

Problem with those is there are probably only about 5 or 6 in an entire stack. Trust me, I have been that guy. The one looking crazy looking for treasures at the BORG.

If you are ever interested, look at ripping down some 2×10 or 2×12 lumber. Cutting out the pith and the resulting lumber is basically quarter sawn. A little extra cost, waist, and time. But the resulting lumber has the straight grain pattern some folks treasure. Often in the larger boards you can find tighter grain as well. This is what I do. Looks great.

Anyways, great work and keep it up!!! I like where you are headed.

-- Travis, Virginia,

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#11 posted 01-26-2017 08:52 PM

Yeah, I was talking about this ^

Just avoids some weird patterns, to my eye. If you have the time and the same preference, why not? If you don’t have the same preference, then you’re not me.

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#12 posted 02-14-2017 01:17 AM

I think it’s great! I love the practicality of the height! Excellent work. You should be proud. That’s an original idea! I might make one myself!

-- Scott C. Marks, Fort Mill, South Carolina

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#13 posted 02-14-2017 02:08 AM

Looks good. That’s kinda my style also. It ain’t got to be pretty to be pretty. And it looks really functional.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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