DIY Coffee Table

After repurposing my vintage trunk, I was out a coffee table.  I can’t live without a place to set my coffee and laptop every morning so I got to work building what I thought was the perfect coffee table!

I modified Ana’s plans a bit to fit my couch.  We have a sectional that is equal on both sides and if any of you have the same then you know our pain in finding a square coffee table.  Of course, the plans were for a rectangle so I had to do some calculations to get a square table.

Here are pics of the steps I took as I went:

Pre-drill all of your screw holes to prevent the wood from splitting.

I used Gorilla Glue Wood Glue to join every piece.

Lookin’ like a table now:)

After supports

Trim pieces

Wood putty the screw holes.  I used Elmer’s Stainable Wood Filler.

Sand the rough edges and wood putty after it dries.

That was it for the building!  It was not difficult and I finished it in an afternoon.  How did I finish it?   I do love what I did with it and that is a tutorial in itself so I will be back to share that you all very soon!   Thanks so much for stopping by and keep those ‘I Made it Without My Hubby’ projects coming!  You gals are so talented and we love being inspired:)  You still have time to enter, just click on the button below:)  Also, keep a close eye on our future posts for info on how you can win a  Silhouette machine this month!!!! 



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  2. Lydia Sturgis on October 24, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Can you please post the plans and supply list for your square version?! I love it! Just finished building my own bed!!

    • ???Super excited because I built this myself and it turned out so beautifully! SO happy! I used the plans at to build mine – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha ???


      Woodwork Plans has amazing coffee table designs, better than here on Shanty. Go to www. – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures!✨?✨??

  3. Brittany Smith on July 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Did you ever happen to post the supply list for this along with the dimensions you used?

  4. Sarah Smith Babka on July 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I may have missed this, but what is the overall dimensions of the square table you made? Thanks! I am looking forward to my weekend project. I love your site. Thanks again. Sarah

  5. Lauren's Mommy on May 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I absolutely love this table and I would love to make one for our home. I know this was posted over a year ago, but I was wondering if you could share with me your supply list. (how many of each size of wood). Thank you!

    The finished product is gorgeous 🙂

  6. Inspire Me Heather on April 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Great tutorial and I linked it to my coffee tables project post too, well done!

  7. Kim on April 16, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I came back to browse around a bit. Came across both of your table post…LuV IT !
    I think I may have to get to HD and buy me some wood!

    • Ashley on April 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

      Thank you Kim! Happy building;)

  8. Jennifer on April 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Can you please post the modified plans that you used? I know that my hubby could whip this thing out in an hour but I want to make it myself! (he argues that just because we have a big couch we don’t need a bigger coffee table, “Just take all your decorations and crap off it and its plenty big enough” lol) I would just hate to mess it up because my math was wrong! Love the site! Thanks!

    • Ashley on April 15, 2011 at 3:54 am

      I will Jennifer! I’m on it tomorrow, promise!!! I’m sorry, I meant to and then I lost them but I can recreate:)

    • Ashley on April 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Okay Jennifer I have the modifications I made: The leg joiners are 39″, the side aprons are 34″, the table top supports are 39″, the bread boards are 45 1/2″. Measure the table top pieces (2×4’s) after you put the table together. Hope this helps;)

      • Anna on October 28, 2018 at 6:30 am

        Hi Ashley,
        Can you post these plans on your website? Would love to attempt this table!

  9. Amy Gilman on April 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    awesome table. i LOVE it. i bet you save a ton of money DIY ing too. LOVE out it turned out too.

    • Ashley on April 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you Amy! I’m not sure how much the original is but this one only cost me $40….and a coffee table for $40 is a GREAT price;) Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Bethany on April 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I am impressed with your coffee table! Nice work! May I ask where you purchased your couch? I have been looking for a while now and when I saw your photos I knew that is exactly what I want! (Bonus: I already have a square coffee table!!).

    • Ashley on April 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you Bethany! I purchased my couch at Ashley Furniture. We got a great price on it:) Lucky for you on the square table…we searched forever for one and never found one! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  11. Kristen: Turning a House into a Home on April 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I love this! I’m trying to talk my husband into replacing our current too small coffee table with a handmade larger one. Oh, and I’m your newest follower!

    Would love if you’d check out my blog!

    • Ashley on April 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Kristen! I love having a larger coffee table. So great to have you and we will definitely check out your site;)

  12. Jennifer on April 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I’ll bet that thing is heavy!

    • Ashley on April 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      It is heavy but my husband and I brought it in the house together and it wasn’t bad at all:) Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Rachelle on April 12, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Love it! It reminds me of the one my dad made for our family over 30 years ago–he glued scrap wood together and stained it. My mom still uses it and I love it. 🙂

    • Ashley on April 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Thank you Rachelle! I hope to pass the pieces I build on to my kids and I hope they appreciate them like you do;)

  14. Minna on April 11, 2011 at 2:22 am

    I’ve been needing a coffee table for quite some time. This may be it! Eagerly anticipating the reveal!! 🙂

    • Ashley on April 11, 2011 at 2:43 am

      Soon:)) I just LOVE this coffee table! It wasn’t difficult at all;) Thanks for stopping by!

  15. SuLin on April 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Can’t wait to see the finshed product! 🙂

    • Ashley on April 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be sharing it very soon:)

  16. Sandi on April 9, 2011 at 5:56 am

    That is going to be a great looking coffee table… can’t wait to see the end results!

    • Ashley on April 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you Sandi! I am enjoying it:)))

  17. Pat on April 9, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Great looking table. I noticed a design change between when you first started with the framing. You had the boards on the inside of the legs in a square all around, then the next photo shows that configuration changed. Was there a structural reason or just a change in how you wanted to assemble? I’m asking so as not to make any mistakeswhen buidling. Thanks.

    • Ashley on April 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you Pat! I tried to reply to this earlier but it did not go through? I didn’t change the structure at all from Ana’s plans. The plans call for the side joiners to be fit to the inside of the legs and then you attach boards on all of the sides to make flush with the 4×4’s. The only changes I made to her plans was to make it a square and not a rectangle:) Hope this helps!

  18. Paula on April 9, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I can’t wait to see the finish! Can you post your modified plans? I’ve been looking for a square table! Do you think the notches in between the boards will harbor dust and crumbs? I’ve been worried about building an Ana White table for this reason.

    • Ashley on April 9, 2011 at 2:49 am

      Yes, I’ll post the plans I used…just have to find them;) I have notieced it harboring crumbs, which is annoying but i just suck them up with the vacuum… Thanks for stopping by Paula:)

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