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6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

October 3, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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Build your own coffee table inspired by Pottery Barn Library Flat File Coffee Table! Featuring six drawers and a large square shape, this rolling coffee table will store all of your magazines and books and look great too! Free plans from Ana-White.com.

6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

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6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

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Author Notes: 

Hi everyone!

I cannot wait to meet you on the book tour! After your amazing response, the kind folks over at The Home Depot who are hosting the events - already featuring lots of awesome giveaways - announced that they will be giving away my book for FREE with a $20 purchase while supplies last! Yes, you heard that right!

In case you missed it, here's the Book Tour Schedule.

And speaking of free, of course we got you covered with more free furniture plans right here!

Today, I am sooo excited about this plan. You already know Ashley from Shanty2Chic, a dear friend from way back to the beginning of this blog, who is also part of the book. Well, Ashley and I are up to our same old tricks!

How to DIY furniture and save tons of money, and get exactly what we want. That's the name of our game! Latest DIY project?

This amazing six drawer Library Coffee Table that rolls and stores it all!

From Ashley:

This coffee table is my favorite build to date! The square shape is perfect for my couch, I love the size and the drawers leave tons of storage space! Thank you so much Ana for your awesome, easy-to-follow, plans that saved me over $700!

Can you count the DIY projects in Ashley's Family Room? There's at least half a dozen!!! Go get the details on this Coffee Table build, the finish, and the scoop on the DIY projects in Ashley's room here.

And of course, we got you covered with the plans too!

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
6 Drawer Library Coffee Table
Dimensions: 
Dimensions shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

4 – Caster wheels
3 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
½ sheet of ¾” plywood
4 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
6 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x8 @ 10 feet long
1 – 1x8 @ 8 feet long
1 – sheet ¼” plywood for bottoms of drawers
6 – white euro style bottom corner mount drawer slides
Knobs or handles
1 ¼” and 2 1/2” PH screws
1 ¼” finish nails
2” wood screws for attaching top from underside of 2x2s
Wood glue

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

4 – 2x2 @ 12 ¾”
4 – 2x2 @ 32”
2 – ¾” plywood @ 32” x 12 ¾”
6 – 1x2 @ 32” (these can be a tad short to conserve boards – they’ll go on the inside for the drawer slides)
4 – 2x2 @ 32”
4 – 1x2 @ 32” (these MUST be 32” or drawers won’t work out)

DRAWERS – 1” less overall than total width (CUT TO FIT YOUR PROJECT!!!!!!)
12 – 1x3 @ 16”
12 – 1x3 @ 29 ½”
6 – ¼” plywood 31” x16”
6 – 1x4 @ 31 ¾”

5 – 1x8 @ 36 ¼” (top)

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

First build your two ends. These are identical, and all edges are flush to outsides.

Step 2

6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

These are for the drawer slides. Just nail and glue in place.

Step 3

6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

Now the front and back trim. It is very important to space these pieces exactly as shown to keep distance between drawers even.

Adjust for square - this is very important.

Step 4

6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

Build your drawer boxes to suit your openings. The drawers must be very square.

Step 5

6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

Install drawers starting at the bottom and working upward. You will need to inset drawers 3/4" to allow for drawer faces.

Step 6

6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

Then attach your drawer faces to the drawer boxes with glue and 1 1/4" finish nails. TIP: attach hardware first! Keep an even 1/8" gap on all sides of the drawer faces.

Step 7

6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

And then the top! You can build top first and then attach - it's up to you.

Step 8

6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

And finally add the caster wheels to the base.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Thank you Ashley!!! Did you stop over and check out Ashley's building post? Just click here to get more details on this coffee table build and finish!

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Giving away book?

Is that all over, or just the book tour sites on the day of the tour?

They KNOW they'll make it up in lumber sales ... a very smart PR move from them.

posted by Tsu Dho Nimh | on Wed, 2012-10-03 14:06

Im confused, what keeps the

Im confused, what keeps the drawers from falling?

posted by daniel (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-10-03 17:07
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In step 5 you install the

In step 5 you install the drawer slides which the drawers sit on so they don't fall through...hope that helps!

posted by MichelleC | on Wed, 2012-10-03 23:08
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Beautiful!!!

Two amazing plans within just a few days of eachother (buffet and now this coffee table)?!! Quit it! How am I supposed to focus on all my other projects when such awesome new ones keep coming?!

posted by MichelleC | on Wed, 2012-10-03 23:18

awesome

creation de site The result is beautiful, thank you for taking the time to explain every step to create these very useful drawers

posted by Laure Duchemin (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-10-04 06:19
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Drawer Slides

I too am cofused with the drawer slides 1X2 and plywood 3/4 inch seems the slides would be flush with no overhang but i have been known not to see the big picture.

posted by Jamaunzie | on Mon, 2012-10-08 21:02

Wood

Did you really just use plywood on the top or did you use something else? Would you recommend anything different that might be more solid?

posted by gibbsgirl (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-10-27 13:37
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1 x 8 for the top

The plan suggests 1 x 8 for the top. at the very bottom of the cut list.

posted by Juanita_r | on Sun, 2012-11-04 06:36

3 drawers, rather than 6

I could seriously see making this table with 3 really large flat drawers, rather than the 6 drawers in the plans. Those drawers would be big enough that you could have a jigsaw puzzle going on one drawer, a small train layout on another, and legos on the third--AND be able to shut the drawers and have all of those "messy" things OUT of sight!

posted by Heather James (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-11-04 01:21

error in cut list?

Seems like, instead of 4 - 2x2 @ 12 3/4", it should read 4 - 2x2 @15 3/4" for the end frames.

posted by Quartney | on Mon, 2012-11-05 17:22

6 Drawer Library Coffee Table

Love this coffee table! I would also love to see this as a four drawer. Combine the lower 2 drawers on each side to make 2 deep drawers-one to fit extra blankets and in the 2nd I would put my yoga mat and blocks and hand weights in one (I exercise to dvd's in the living room) and then still have the top drawers-one for magazines and the other for remotes and coasters! Would keep everything hidden!

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posted by WATSON | on Thu, 2013-02-21 08:34

Supplies & Cut list questions

Awesome piece - thanks so much for sharing. But looking at the plans, it seems like the supplies list and cut list are both off. For example, the plans call for 12 3/4" 2X2 pieces, though the diagram asks for 15 3/4" pieces - not mentioned anywhere in the supplies or cut list. Then it asks for 3 2X2 8 ft pieces. But the diagrams require 8 32" 2X2 pieces and 4 more of the 12 3/4" (or 15 3/4") 2x2s... and if you add up that length, it's longer than 3 8ft 2x2s would give you. Just wanted to figure this out before I ran to the hardware store - or am I just crazy?

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