Tryde Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 12/07/2009 - 00:30
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A beautiful solid wood coffee table that is heavy, rustic and substantial. From our beloved Tryde Collection.

24″ wide x 18″ high x 55″ long


Shopping List

2 3/4″ Screws
1 – 2×2 8′ length board (about $1.50)
1- 2×6 8′ or stud length board (about $2.50)
4 – 2x4s 8′ or stud length boards(about $2 each)
1 – 4×4 post at least 6′ length (about $5)
2 – 1×4 boards (about $2.50 each)
Sandpaper (coarse)
Stain,varnish, paint or other finishing product
Wood Putty

Common Materials
paint brush
Cut List

A) 4 – 4×4 Posts @ 16 1/2″ (Legs)
B) 2 – 1×4 @ 20 1/2″ (Leg Joiners)
C) 2 – 1×4 @ 40″ (Side Aprons)
D) 4 – 1×4 @ 2 3/4″ (End Apron Spacer)
E) 2 – 1×4 @ 15″ (End Aprons)
F) 4 – 2×2 @ 20 1/2″ (Tabletop Supports)
G) 2 – 2×6 @ 24 1/2″ (Breadboard Ends)
H) 7 – 2×4 @ 43 1/2″ (Tabletop Pieces – Measure the table before cutting these boards)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Power Sander
General Instructions

Cut out all boards except H. To get the best fit, you will measure and precisely cut out each of the boards H to fit the table. Remember, use the 2 3/4″ screws unless otherwise noted and always predrill and countersink your screws. Use glue on all joints to keep the table from seperating later.


Step 1

Screw the Leg Joiner, B to the legs, A, as shown above. Do this on both sets of legs. Use the measurements above to guide you.

Step 2

Screw the side aprons, C, into the ends of the leg joiners, B, as shown above.

Step 3

Now add the end apron spacers, D, as shown above. Screw into the legs and also screw from the inside of B, the leg joiner, into the end edge of D.

Step 4

Now is a good time to check for square. There is a video in the HOW-TO section to help you check for square.

Step 5

Step 6

Now screw the breadboard ends in, as shown above.

Step 7

Check your table for square again. Now measure the center of the table and mark. Take a length measurement (very precise) and cut your first tabletop board, H.

Step 8

Mark and predrill your tabletop board as shown above. Now place the board in the center of the table, as shown in step 8, and screw inplace from the top. Flip the table over and screw through the supports, F, into the bottom of the tabletop pieces, H.

Step 9

Measure, cut, mark, predrill and place your next row of tabletop boards on the top of the table. Repeat step 9. This time, make sure the edges of the tabletop boards line up. Do not leave gap between the tabletop boards.

Step 10

Fill your screw holes with wood putty and let dry. Sand, distress and finish as desired.


Pacific NW Blogfan (not verified)

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 02:41

I just came across this website and it is awesome. Hopefully you continue to provide all of us with great plans and instructional videos. Thanks!

Wendy (not verified)

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 21:10

The coolest part about this post was that you stayed up until 2:30am writing it! What dedication! This is my next project and I have become obsessed with building! Thanks for your hard work ANA!

Virginie (not verified)

Fri, 04/23/2010 - 07:09

Hi Ana!
I know you have written it elsewhere, I haven't been able to find it, but what adjustments need to be made for the elusive 4x4? Are the measurements relatively the same if we use two 2x4?

Ana White (not verified)

Fri, 04/23/2010 - 07:15

Hi, when you use 2 - 2x4s remember that the overall dimensions will be 3" x 3 1/2" instead of the dimensions of of a 4x4 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". Good luck with your table. :)

ehendric (not verified)

Sat, 05/01/2010 - 19:13

Do you know where you can get the 2 3/4 inch screws? I can find 2.5 inch and 3 inch but no 2.75 inch. Can I just use 2.5 inch instead? Love your new site.


liz (not verified)

Sun, 05/09/2010 - 18:15

Thank you so much for posting these plans. It quickly became my weekend project.

Oh for those asked I used 2.5 inch screws and they worked perfect. I personally don't think I would have liked using anything longer. Anyways here is a link to my master piece

igotsonshine (not verified)

Mon, 07/12/2010 - 15:29

Hi Ana! I happened upon your website the other night and I am so psyched! My hubby and I will be moving shortly to a new home and I was wondering how I was going to be able to finance all the things I wanted. Now I know I can build them, thanks to you. My hubby even said he'd help, however, once he sees my list, he might change his mind, lol! Anyway, I believe this coffee table will be my very first project. However, what I really want is to modify it, kind of like that reader whose picture appears; "supersized" you called it. I would like a larger size than the rectangular plans you offer. I would like a square coffee table, the type that are popular now and used with sectionals. Since I haven't built furniture before, I definitely don't feel comfortable just winging it. Anyway, would you consider offering measurements for a square tryde coffee table? Pretty please? Thank you for all that you do. You are awesome; a true inspiration! God bless you!

Denise (not verified)

Mon, 07/19/2010 - 05:17

Hi Ana! I am super excited that a friend of mine shared your blog via Facebook. I love me a good power tool, but usually don't have the know it all to get the plans in my head all figured out & built. SUPER excited to have found you! Thanks for posting all your knowledge!

Meg (not verified)

Mon, 08/30/2010 - 09:30

Could a variation of this be made so that there is storage for blankets and quilts underneath. I would love it to be the dimensions of the one that you have pictured above that reader Sarah made. Something where the top opens up and there would be hidden storage. Maybe the hinges could be braced down a center stationary brace and then it opened on two sides so the whole top wasn't to heavy for little hands to open....

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