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Friday, March 8, 2013

Build a coffee table

Retro style

For years I've been wanting to make a new coffee table. After making the credenza/TV stand a few weeks ago, I was motivated to make another "mid-century modern" piece. This time I wasn't adhering exactly to any particular '50s style coffee table, but rather I wanted something to echo the credenza's design. After years of building up a mish-mash of furniture, it is nice to finally have a couple pieces that go together!

A lot of the construction of this is similar to the credenza, so in this video I tried to focus on a few techniques that I glossed over in the other video. I know, I know: retro furniture isn't to everyone's taste, but you should be able to pick up a few tips in this that might help you do design your own coffee table.

But if you do like this style as much as I, and want to build one just like it, here are plans for the coffee table:



  1. Steve, you are just getting better and better. Steve from Newbury Park, Ca.

  2. I make a simple router gauge that is very acurate. All I do is glue and screw a thin hardboard wider than router base unto a strip of 3/4" wood. Then cut off the thin wood with the router butt up against the edge of the 3/4" wood. Now use that as a gauge and you don't have to do so much of the math with every cut.

  3. Ok This gonna be a pete and repete vid.
    lotto of tips..new tools are good in the right hand's man.
    Good stuff.

  4. Btw get your feet of the Coffee table

  5. Steve, this is a fine coffee table! I think it's my favorite of your furniture designs. Keep up the good work.

  6. Next week:

    Mid Century Modern wooden coasters to keep coffee rings off the table.

    And... how to get your cat out of your coffee table.

  7. Way ahead of the stylepolizei!

  8. Love your site. You really help the people getting into the hobby and get use building fun and cool projects and explaining how to do the same thing with different tools. Keep up the great work. Love the tv stand and table :)

  9. Looks awesome! You should add a materials list to your pdf though.

  10. I just subscribed and am looking forward to watching new vids each week......while I watch back videos throughout the week. You make everything fun Steve.

  11. I just got the Kreg newsletter and this was a featured project. Funny, I don't even remember any pocket hole joinery in the project, but then it has been a month since I watched the video.

  12. Steve
    Very nice and even mere mortals can do it. What is the difference between a groove and a dado??.

    And keep that router oriented in one direction (mark it or something) as the center is always a bit off and this way the dado/groove will remain straight.

    I hope you have quit your day job!!!!

    and who was that new neighbor of yours??

  13. a very neat and low slung coffe table. These are the kinds of projects that fetch nice money on ebay. The old fashioned furniture that is.

  14. Love this idea. I can't wait to make this with my father for my living room.