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How To Build An Inexpensive Coffee Table

Building your own stuff can be very satisfying. And it can also save you a lot of money.

With just a few tools and some guidance and you are just steps away from creating great things for your home.

You can build this great looking coffee table for under $50. Of course, this depends on what type of wood you want it made from and if you change the dimensions.

Sanding and finishing the project will help make it really look like a professional made it.

Step 1: Materials/Tools

Here’s a break down of the materials/tools needed and online links.


2″x6″x8′ Lumber (for the table top and shelf)
Qty: 4


2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
Qty: 1 box should work

1-1/2″ Wood screws
Qty: 1lb box


– Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
– Drill or Impact Driver
– Miter saw or Circular saw
– Tablesaw (optional)
– Sander and paper
– Planer (optional)

Step 2: Material Cut list

We are working off a specific set of dimensions. The final dimensions of the coffee table are as follows: 22″ in depth by 45″ in width by 18″ tall. If you are working on a different size table, then you’ll need to adjust your cut list accordingly.

Cut List:

2″x4″x16-1/2″ (Vertical leg pieces)
Qty: 8

2″x4″x16-1/2″ (Stretchers for the legs)
Qty: 4

2’x6″x45″ (Top of coffee table)

Qty: 4

2″x6″x41′ (Lower shelf)
Qty: 3

2″x4″x38″ (Stretcher between the two legs)
Qty:1 (This piece you cut into 2 pieces that are 1″x4″x38″)

Check out the video below where Geoff shows us how to build this awesome coffee table.

See Geoff’s step by step instructions at

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