Larisa needed a coffee table for her apartment and I decided to take on the challenge and craft one myself. I saw this awesome idea on Pinterest a few times and thought it was a very clever way to make a coffee table that is not only easy, but looks very modern and clean.
- wood crates (4 x $11)
- rectangular poplar wood post ($10) - to make 4 legs
- poplar board ($4) - center shelf
- Small corner brackets - 4 pc ($3) - center shelf support
- .75 inch wood screws ($3) - main assembly
- dual-ended screws (4 x $0.5) - to attach legs
- felt furniture pads ($2)
- Minwax PolyShades - Oil-Based Stain & Polyurethane Finish ($12)
Project Time: 3 hours (without stain drying time)
- If the crates have any rough spots, sand lightly to remove imperfections with a 60-80 grit sand paper.
- Clean with a moist towel to remove any dust.
- Once crates are dry, apply a thin coat of stain on each crate and leave to dry overnight.
- Layout the crates in a design you prefer, find 4-6 places on each crate where the screws should go to attach it to the adjacent tray. Drill small holes where screws will be located.
- Screw the trays together with .75 inch screws. Do not use 1 inch screws as they will go through the adjacent tray wall.
- Once assembly is complete, apply the second coat of stain and allow to dry overnight.
- Cut 4 legs from the material of your choice. I used a rectangular poplar piece of composite wood and cut the legs into 7 cm pieces. Grind and/or sand the legs to a smooth finish.
- Measure the exact size of the center piece opening and cut out a piece of wood to match that size for the center shelf, if you're adding one. Grind and/or sand the center shelf to a smooth finish.
- Stain the legs and the center shelf and let dry until dry.
- Install the 4 corner brackets inside the center opening at the desired elevation on the table. This is where your center shelf will rest.
- Attach the center shelf to the corner brackets. Alternatively, you can just let it rest on the brackets.
- Drill holes of a smaller diameter than your dual-sided screws at each bottom corner of your table and insert the dual-sided screws half way into each hole.
- Drill holes in the leg pieces where the other end of the dual-sided screw will enter.
- Attach the legs.
- Apply felt pads on the bottom of the table legs for hardwood floor protection.