Today’s project a reclaimed wood coffee table is very versatile. It can be used as a coffee table or bench indoors or out! This coffee table is easy to make, and for me it was relatively free. However, it did involve a lot of labor hauling the reclaimed wood and building the table.
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4x4 16” (4) legs
2x4 44” (2) long skirt
2x4 12” (2) short skirt
fence boards 20” (9) table top
Pocket Hole Screws 2 ½” (16)
36 1 ⅝” screws (all weather if you plan to have this outdoors)
Kreg Jig (and bits)
Simple Build Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table
I dug through the stock I have stored away and found a couple of 2x4’s and one 4x4. In all honesty, the height of my table was determined by the length of my 4x4. I divided it by 4, and got 16”. I drilled all of the pocket holes in each end of the 2x4’s (skirt).
If you don't have a pocket hole jig, you can use "L" brackets. However, if you do a lot of projects, I highly recommend you investing in one of these jigs. For more details see my post How To Use A Kreg Jig
Begin with two matching sets of legs
I attached each end of the skirt to the 4x4’s. Any table looks best if you have a slight inset for the table skirt.
Measure Cut Attach Side Apron
Then I attached the longer sides using the same inset. I was so pleased with how quick this table was coming together.
Countersink Wood Screws
The Kreg marking and measuring tool was used as a guide for drilling pilot holes for the screws to secure the planks on the table top. This is because I wanted the screws to look uniform along the length of the planks.
I used 1 ⅝” exterior screws, countersinking them into the plank boards. Because I didn’t want to rip any plank boards, I spaced them with a slight gap all the way across to make them come out evenly from end to end.
Easy Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table
I love it! It was the perfect fill-in project to do. I’m thinking I need to do some smaller side tables. I’ve been calling this a table, but you can see that it would also work perfect as extra seating on the patio. Yep, I sat on it, and the boards are very sturdy.
Whitewash painted Coffee Table
At the end of the next day, I only had a few minutes to kill, so I did a quick whitewash on the table/bench. It’s HEAVY and long, so it was difficult to lift onto the work table.
Because I was so busy getting ready for Glendale 2016, I totally forgot to take any other pictures.
You can see how it turned out here. It sold very early along with the outdoor beverage bar. It’s very versatile-it can be indoor/outdoor seating (bench) or a coffee table for the patio.
Where would you use it?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.