Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

Hello friends!  I am so excited to share my latest build with you today!  A Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table!
Build your own beautiful Reclaimed wood coffee table with free plans and picture tutorial from MyLove2Create!

Actually it is a faux reclaimed wood coffee table, since I distressed my wood to look old and beat up.

I am seriously loving it and I wish you could see it in person, cause it is WAY prettier in real life.

T-R-UST me. ;)
Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, MyLove2Create
I guess I could say prettier than a get the idea...

Anyway, I was inspired by this beauty at West Elm,  but I also loved the look of this one, how the top flows into the sides...
Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, MyLove2Create
Ah, happiness. (sigh)
Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, MyLove2Create
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For this coffee table I am sharing the detailed building plans over at Build Something, which is Kreg's new DIY Project Plan Site.  

You guys, they have so many awesome free plans!  You have to check it out and even share your own if you want!  It is a great community and place to find inspiration and discover your next project!

I am also sharing my step by step tutorial of how I built this table so you don't want to miss all the details below!

Lets get started!
using a Kreg Jig
For this table I started by building a support frame, and then I added the reclaimed wood around it.  I cut my frame pieces out of 1x4 wood and then drilled my pocket holes with my Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig.  I set my depth collar bit in an old model Kreg jig piece (top), cause I love it.  Then I set my K5 to 3/4'' and drilled away!
building a support frame for a coffee table
I made sure to clamp all my joints for drilling my pocket holes.  You can see I built two, one for the top and one for the bottom.
coffee table frame
Next I needed to attach my support frames together and I did it with more 1x4 boards.  You will notice in the top left photo I have marked the edges of all my boards at 1/4'', this gives me a guide so I can inset my boards at 1/4''.

I used my Kreg Right Angle Clamps to secure the boards and attach them with pocks hole screws.  Notice the pocket hole screws are facing out, they will be covered so this is the best way to attach them.
reclaimed wood coffee table frame
This is my support frame all built, and you can see my inset boards on the left.
distressing wood to look old
After I built the frame I cut all the boards that cover the frame, then I had some fun distressing them, or making them old and beat up.

I especially loved the effect of the hardware cloth (bottom left) and the ceiling fan chain (bottom right) when I banged them into the wood with a hammer.  You can go crazy here or just do a little.  I didn't do a ton, but enough to bring out some detail when I stained the wood.  I used furring strips for my wood which is pretty banged up anyway, so it works!  Oh and I did sand the wood too.
adding shelf boards
I choose to just wood glue and nail my boards onto the frame.  You could attach the board together on the bottom with pocket hole screws if you desire.  I, for one am almost out of screws, so nailing was the order of the day. :)  If you choose to nail just be aware that the wood may not lay perfect and fit in the frame, I suggest you use a long clamp to help secure the boards as you nail so they fit inside the frame perfectly.

You can see I am nailing on the shelf boards.  I had to place my Ryobi Nail Gun through the slats to secure the inside of shelf.
adding shelf sides
Once the shelf was in place I turned the table box on it's side to add the inside side pieces.  I used wood glue and 1 1/4'' finish nails with my Ryobi nail gun.  In the top photos you can see the gaps between support boards, I nailed into the supports where I could and then (top right) nailed in at an angle into the adjacent board to secure it.
measuring bevel mark for top boards
For my outside top and side boards I cut the ends at a 45 degree bevel on my miter saw.  I cut one side first and aligned it to the edge of my frame (left) then I held it in place and marked the underside for where to cut the other end.
measuring and cutting for bevels
Here are some shots of me cutting the side pieces.  I measured one on the frame and then used it to measure and cut the rest.
adding top and side boards
Once they were all cut I glued and nailed them on!  Almost done!
drilling mitered pocket hole corners
To compete the table I built two face frames, one for each side.  I measured my openings on the table and cut my boards to fit.  Then I drilled pocket holes into the small ends with my Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig.  On the bottom you can see me clamping and building the face frames.
adding feet to coffee table
For the feet I had these old beat up legs from, I have no idea what, but they were 6 inches, the perfect size.  I sanded them down (you can see in the photo I sanded one already before I took a shot.  Then I used leg mounting hardware to attach them to the bottom of the table.
attaching face frames and staining table
Oh, and I did glue and nail on the face frames, can 't forget that.

For the stain color I went back and was hard to decided.  In the end I used a mix of three different satins and Just kind of guessed, I wanted it lighter but darker than a natural.  Luckily it worked out!
Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, MyLove2Create
I love it when that happens!
Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, MyLove2Create
I finished with three coats of poly, sanding with 400 grit between coats 1 and 2.
Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, MyLove2Create
It is nice and smooth and perfect in my work in progress living room.
Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, MyLove2Create
I am happy that you can see the variation in the wood grain, which is exactly why I wanted a lighter color stain.
Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, MyLove2Create
Even the feet had some color variation.
Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, MyLove2Create
When I was building it I was worried the shelf would be too small, but it is actually the perfect height and depth for decor items, books, magazines...
Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, MyLove2Create
Now if I can keep the kids from cluttering it up!
Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, MyLove2Create
So what do you think?

Want to build your own?  It really is a pretty easy build, just takes a little time with all the wood pieces, but not too much...and it was totally worth it!  I spent less than $50 on wood and even bought screws and sandpaper at the same time!

Now, head over to Build Something to see my building plans and make your own Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table!!!  

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  1. That turned out great! I love how it looks so rustic. Please share this with me and my co-hosts at our link party that went live yesterday. I think my co-hosts would love it, and our followers! They need to see your wonderful work. If you have time :-)

  2. What a fantastic table! We’d be honored to have you share this at our weekly link party. Hope to see you there!

  3. I just love how your project turned out Mindi. So pretty! Shared.

  4. Beautiful reclaimed wood coffee table Mindi! I love the items you used to make it "look" reclaimed, especially the hardware cloth.


  5. Beautiful reclaimed wood coffee table Mindi! I love the items you used to make it "look" reclaimed, especially the hardware cloth.


  6. WOW! Amazing! I will be featuring it at SYC this week. xx Jo

  7. So nice! I love reclaimed wood projects and your coffee table is wonderful! Love it! Pinning :)

  8. I always love your projects so much. The design is so lovely and the tutorial is so thorough. It is such a joy to visit your blog and such a pleasure to share it with our readers. Thanks so much for linking to Friday's Furniture Fix. Please look for your table among our features this week and out on my social media in the next few days. Susie from The Chelsea Project

  9. Awesome job Mindi!I love the rustic look against the blue rug. Looking forward to see how you transform the room!

  10. I really enjoy any project that uses reclaimed wood! This looks so fun. Thinking of adding a coffee table like this to my office space. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  11. It look so sweet! I love your project and definitely making one for my living room.

  12. Perfect. I like it very much. A wooden coffee table makes the seat in the living room will become more perfect. It looks simple but very strange and new. I thought I would try. Thanks for the useful information that you have shared

  13. Wow! Amazing! It's absolutely beautiful in your room. The wooden coffee table makes the room look nice and natural. I will make one for my home. I hope it will turn out as good as you

  14. What a lovely piece of furniture. It looks simple but fits the room very well and gives the room a natural look :) Love your idea a lot, thank you

  15. Reclaimed furniture is a great furniture


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