Balustrade Coffee Table

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Hello DIY Friends and Happy Monday!

Pretty excited to share a brand new plan with you today!

My good friend Jen from House of Wood asked me to team up with her to build her parents a new coffee table.  She loved the look of Restoration Hardware's Balustrade Coffee Table, and wanted to use a similar style leg.

The folks at Osborne Wood were kind enough to create a custom leg (now available for sale) and worked with us to make the leg as affordable as possible. 

Leg available here.

Just add a top and bottom ...

And you've got yourself a beautiful custom coffee table!

Jen did an amazing job building this coffee table.  

Here's from Jen: "It was an easy build… took about 6 hours to build and then 3 days to finish. It turned out really well! Total cost was $95 for lumber and supplies, plus $28/leg. Not a bad project for a couple hundred bucks! Especially when RH sells theirs for $1700."

Jen loves her coffee table so much, she's already working on another one for herself!

Jen is sharing her building post here, so please, take a second and stop over and check out lots more photos and tips!

Thanks Jen!

Plans follow.

XO Ana + Family

Dimensions: 
Dimensions shown above
Dimensions: 

5 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 15” long
4 - 2x6 @ 8 feet or stud length
4 - turned pillars (Jen used these from Osborne Wood)
1-1/4” and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
2” or longer wood screws
nails for nailing on feet

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander
Cut List: 

10 - 1x6 @ 33” long
2 - 2x4 @ 33” long
2 - 2x4 @ 48” long (may need to be cut to fit)
4 - 1x4 @ 3-1/2” long
8 - 2x6 @ 5-1/2” long
2 - 2x4 @ 20” long
2 - 2x4 @ 42” (may need to be cut to fit)
2 - 2x6 @ 33” long
6 - 2x6 @ 44” long

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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

Start by building the bottom shelf with pocket holes. TIP: I like to cut all my shelf boards a tad long, then join the boards and trim down the tabletop with a circular saw.

After building it, take a second to measure the size of the shelf (1x6 boards can vary in width) - so you may need to adjust some of your cuts or cut as you go.

NOTE: You may wish to attach legs (step 5) before moving on to hide screw holes underneath.

Step 2

Frame up the bottom supports and attach to bottom shelf.

Summary: 

DIY baluster coffee table plans from ana-white.com

Step 3

Nail and glue the feet on at the bottom shelf corners. You can use 1-1/4" - 2" long nails.

Step 4

Attach the 2x6 blocks to the tops and bottoms of the legs.

Step 5

Attach legs to bottom shelf with screws.

Step 6

Attach legs together with pocket holes placed on top.

Step 7

Build the tabletop first, then attach to top of coffee table through the boards added in step 6 and legs.

Step 8

For finishing details and building photos, please visit Jen at House of Wood.

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.

Comments

This is an awesome coffee table. I just built a table out of reclaimed barn wood that turned out really well, but now I wish I would have waited for this. I love the grand nature of those legs. That's really nice!

Maybe I'll look for another place to put our table (the basement maybe?) and take a crack at this.

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