Rustic X Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:40
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You can build a beautiful coffee table out of lumber!  For about $50 in materials, this solid wood coffee table with it's X detailing could be yours.  Our free plans include step by step diagrams, shopping lists and cut list - everything you need to get started.

Also in this collection: Rustic X Console Table, Rustic X End Table, and Rustic X Bench Plans

rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans
rustic x coffee table plans

Beginner Friendly Option

With the popularity of this plan, we have created a Beginner Friendly plan that is very similar.  It uses less tools and the overall cost is under $40.

farmhouse coffee table

The beginner plan is slightly smaller and has a slatted bottom shelf.  You can find the plans here.

Rustic X Coffee Table Plans

Remember a bit back when Hillary  from The Friendly Home built this amazing Rustic X Console Table from 2x4s? 

We've had so much interest from readers, we thought we'd add a coffee table plan to the collection.  

This coffee table is so gorgeous, it's hard to believe it's made from standard off the shelf lumber!

I ENCOURAGE you to stop over and visit Hillary and read about how she battled a wild fire to build this coffee table!  

PS - Hillary is also sharing her finishing tutorial.

rustic x coffee table dimensions
Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List
  • 2 – 2x4 – 8 feet or stud length
  • 4 – 2x2 – 8 feet
  • 1 – 1x12 – 8 feet long
  • 5 – 2x6 – stud length
  • 1 ¼” and 2 ½” Pocket Hole screws
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x4 @ 16 ½” (legs)
  • 4 – 2x2 @ 41” (side trim)
  • 4 – 2x4 @ 22 ½” (end trim)
  • 2 – 1x12 @ 41” (bottom shelf)
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 22 ½” (both ends cut at 60 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends are parallel)
  • 4 – 2x2 @ 11 ¼” (long point to short point, one end cut at 60 degrees off square, other end cut at 30 degrees off square, ends are not parallel but are cut in same direction)
  • 5 – 2x6 @ 52” (tabletop boards)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
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

First build the two side trim pieces.

Step 2

Then connect together. Hide top pocket holes on top, bottom pocket holes on bottom. NOTE: This plan is sized for 1x12 boards measuring 11 1/4" wide - measure your 1x12 boards, double that number, and cut your side trim to fit - see next step.

Step 3

Build your bottom shelf with 3/4" PHs/1 1/4" PH screws down center. Then drill 3/4" PHs around all outside edges and attach to the bottom shelf.

Step 4

Now attach cut and build the X braces. Attach in place. These are mostly decorative, so don't stress about getting them super screwed in place. Some good glue and screws will do the trick.

Step 5

For the top, we recommend building the entire top with 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws on a flat level surface.

Then attached the completed top 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.
Help Improve This Plan

We apologize if there was an error in this plan. Please help us out and report any errors here.



Wed, 06/01/2016 - 09:38

hi there, i am very beginner! 


just wondering about the table top. am i attaching each 2x6 to the next 2x6? so all 5 2x6's are joined together by pocket hole screws before attaching the already put together table top to the side aprons?


Sat, 06/04/2016 - 13:56

Thank you for posting the plan for this coffee table online. I had fun building this table and saved a lot of money.  


I plan on on buiding the behind the couch table next. 



Thu, 06/16/2016 - 05:09

did anyone find that when they went to attach the top that the boards made the frame go out of square and made it wobble ?

Bryan O

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 09:03

I built this table back in October.   Now due to seasonal expansion in the wood,  the table top is pulling apart.   The plan calls for using construction grade material and pocket screws.  The plan also says to  screw together the 2x6's and and then screw the top directly to the table aprons.   Doing this prevents seasonal wood movement in the wood and will eventually cause the top split apart from expansion or contraction of the wood.   I do not recommend screwing this directly to the table aprons,  use desktop figure 8 fasteners which would allow for the seasonal wood movement instead.


Tue, 06/21/2016 - 14:02

Can you use a Kreg Jig Mini to do the pocket holes if you get a clamp? Os there a specific kreg jig that works best?


Sun, 08/07/2016 - 17:11

I'm having problems with getting the x the right cut any help will be helpfull


Tue, 09/20/2016 - 08:48

Hi Ana,

I love your designs. In the past I've built a desk for my home office from one of your plans, and I'm currently working on the rustic X console and this matching coffee table. I was wondering if you could help me figure out dimensions for a table that would be about 20% to 25% smaller (in order to fit my space). I'm having a hard time finding appropriate dimensions that would allow four 2x6s on the table top (instead of five), since that affects the type of boards that can be used on the bottom shelf and still obtain a 1" overhang for the top. Ideas? Thanks!