A customized coffee table is a beautiful addition to any home's decor. And, since it's customized, you can make the perfect decorative statement to match your style. Building the table is so easy anyone can do it. All you need are a few common tools and a little creativity.
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Using a pre-glued panel is the quickest and easiest way to make your tabletop. After you purchase the pre-glued panel all you need is a circular saw to cut the top to length and width. This is the option we chose for our coffee table, the lists above reflect the tools and materials needed to make a top using this option.
If you prefer to create the top from scratch, you can make it from 1x material. This is an excellent option if you want a clear-coated solid oak table. You can use anything from 1x4 to 1x12 boards for the top. Cut your boards at least 2" longer than the final length you want for the tabletop and edge-glue them together. The glue-up's width should be at least 1" wider than the intended width of the top.
You can also use 3/4" plywood or MDF for your top. If you want the look of oak or birch without gluing the top, you can cut a piece of oak or birch faced plywood to the size you need for the top. Cover the raw edges of the plywood with iron-on edge banding and your top is ready. If you choose 3/4" MDF, cut it to the size you need then you can either paint or laminate the top.
Top plates make attaching the legs easy.
For our coffee table we used a full-sized 47 1/2" x 24" pre-glued pine board for the top. After sanding the board with 220 grit sandpaper, we routed a decorative edge into the top. We chose 15 1/4" country pine legs for their elegantly simple design. The entire coffee table was stained with white pastel wood stain to simulate milk paint or old-timey whitewash. Finally, we added two coats of clear satin polyurethane to protect our finished piece.