Haven Turned Leg Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 19:24
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Easy DIY coffee table with turned legs - from Ana-White.com

This year, with our son being so young, we decided to limit our travel.  It's always quite a trek for us to go anywhere, since we live 2 hours past the farthest north international airport in the US, up here in Alaska.  

Getting to the east cost is an all day adventure.  Getting to the east coast with a nursing newborn .... I wouldn't wish that on anyone.  Especially not the other passengers.  

But seeing all the pictures from the Haven Conference this year made me regret not just going for it.  

Particularly these pictures:

That's Jaime from That's My Letter, teaching attendees how to cut boards.

And Jen from House of Wood helping attendees drill pocket holes.

I've done this before - build live in front of an audience - it's tough.  But these ladies are rocking this coffee table!!!

Aren't those legs beautiful?  They were supplied by Osborne Wood.

I love that Jaime and Jen didn't forget those little steps that make such a big deal, like checking to make sure the table is square.

Or the most important things of all - to have fun while building!!!!

Isn't it beautiful?

Now I can't bring the Haven Conference to you, but we are sharing the plans that Jaime and Jen used to build this coffee table below.

Enjoy the plans!

XO Ana + Family

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!


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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.



Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:56

Hi, my mom wants me to make this for her and it'll be my first project . I noticed that you were missing some important details though. What size boards did you use for the top and apron, and how exactly did you attach the apron to the top?

 Thank you!


Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:45

Hi thatonegirl54,  here's a video of Ana showing how to construct a turned leg coffee table.  It's only slightly different from this one in that it has breadboard ends, but you'd just skip the breadboard end steps to make this table.


It looks like your cut list for the Haven version would be:

5 pc 1x6 @ 48" (top) (1x6 are 3/4" x 5 1/2")

2 pc 1x4 @ 18 1/2"  (short apron ends)  (1x4 are 3/4" x 3 1/2")

2 pc 1x4 @ 39" (long apron sides)  (1x4 are 3/4" x 3 1/2"

4 turned legs  (would measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 18") - Ana refers to these from Osborne Wood:  


You'll also need some wood glue and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws for your Kreg jig.

The video shows you how to attach the aprons to the legs with pocket holes on the inside, and also drill some pocket holes (pointing upward) in the aprons, so they can be used to attach the top.  Also there is a good overview on how to join the boards for the table.  I hope you post a picture of your build!  Happy building!  :)   Joanne


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