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DIY 8 Board Farmhouse Coffee Table

Learn how to build this DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table with only 8 boards with free plans and a how-to video by Shanty-2-Chic.

Hey guys!  Happy Wednesday!  Happy day before Thanksgiving day!  I can’t wait for #allthefood!  Today we are sharing a super cute solid wood table you can make for under $40 in lumber and only 8 boards… Heck yes.  Sign me up!  Before we get started, be sure to check out the video by clicking the play button below!

I have added a link at the bottom of this post to print the free plans for this table!

How to Build an 8 Board Farmhouse Coffee Table

Step 1: Building the Leg Assemblies

First, build two boxes for each leg assembly. These are attached using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws through the horizontal boards and into the vertical boards.  You want your pocket holes facing the outside of the box on this part because we will cover them with another board on the next part.  We used our K5 Kreg Jig for this part.  We get asked ALL the time which Kreg Jig to start with.  We always suggest the K5.  We use it on almost every build.  You can find it HERE on Amazon!

Farmhouse Coffee Table
Farmhouse Coffee Table
Farmhouse Coffee Table
Farmhouse Coffee Table

Now add the decorative pieces to the top and bottom. These edges are cut at a 45˚ angle and are attached to each assebly with wood glue and 2.5” wood screws through each decorative piece and into the leg assembly.

Farmhouse Coffee Table
Farmhouse Coffee Table

We cut the decorative x boards to fit on this part. Mark each board with your pencil and cut them to fit exact. You can check out the video if you have questions about this part! We walk you through it. Cut the diagonal pieces to fit first, then mark and attach them to each other using wood glue and nails. Then, fit them in the box and attach them with wood glue and nails through the box and into each end of the X piece.

Farmhouse Coffee Table

Step 2: Building the Table Top

To build the table top, we used our Kreg Jig to create 1.5” pocket holes down one side of 4 of our 5 longer boards, and also at both ends of all 5 boards. Attach the 5 boards to each other first with 2.5“ pocket hole screws, and then attach the breadboards with 2.5” pocket hole screws.

Farmhouse Coffee Table

Create the shelf assembly of the table the same way! Attach the three boards to each other using 2.5” pocket hole screws. Don’t forget to add the pocket holes on each end to attach this to the leg assembly later.

Farmhouse Coffee Table

Step 3: Attaching the Runner

Now attach the horizontal runner that will go between each leg assembly. This is attached using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws into each assembly. You will also attach the bottom shelf to both sides on this part. Make sure your pocket holes are facing down.

Farmhouse Coffee Table

Step 4: Attaching the Table Top

Final step is attaching the top to the table sides! Line the top up evenly on the base. Set the top face down on the ground and attach the base through the horizintal runner using wood glue and 2.5” wood screws.. You can also add a few 2” nails through the top and into the bases.

Farmhouse Coffee Table
Farmhouse Coffee Table

Step 5: Staining the Rustic X Coffee Table

Once I finished the full assembly, I stained the table using Varathane Briarsmoke stain and I mixed it with half natural stain to lighten it up just a bit.  I did a 50/50 mix.  Just stir it really good.  It’s my favorite stain color combination right now. You can find it HERE on Amazon.

Farmhouse Coffee Table

I added the decorative hardware last.  I found that at Hobby Lobby.  This is a link to one of their corner pieces.

And here is my beautiful table all finished!

I found the glass vases HERE!

I found the flower stems HERE!

The tutorial for the sign can be found HERE!

The tutorial for the corner corbel can be found HERE!

Farmhouse Coffee Table
Farmhouse Coffee Table

I LOVE how this one turned out! It’s the perfect mix of rustic and modern farmhouse design, the durability, with the framing lumber, is kids-friendly and you really can’t beat the price too! You can download and print the FREE PLANS HERE!

55 Comments

  1. Matt on December 1, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    I have built 2 of these so far. One with a dark lacquer and the other with an Oil stain. Ton of screws but all in all an easy build. You gals do really good designs. The only change I made was instead of the decorative X boards I made these actual support and ripped them to fit the space

  2. Margaret on March 14, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you Ashley and Whitney for the plans, the video, and especially the inspiration! I followed the plans exactly and it looks fabulous…we all love it 🙂

  3. Matt on July 10, 2020 at 10:13 am

    What are the dimensions?

  4. Michael Andrew on June 1, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Great design! Building one for our patio now. I changed up my dimensions and types of wood to work with our space and couch. After finishing I don’t see the point of having the horizontals above and below the “X”. These are colored orange on the plans. Nothing really connects to these members, I think they could have been omitted. And just use the decorative top and bottom alone. Thanks again though for the idea!

  5. kristopher Beck on April 24, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    I want to confirm the color you used. You mixed 50% natural premium Varathane (none fast drying) with 50% Varathane Briarsmoke (fast drying). Correct??

  6. Justin Jones on April 12, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I just build the coffee table and it turned out like something I would buy at the store…by far the best plan and teachers I have seen yet! Thanks so much for putting this out there! I learned a lot from you ladies.

    • M on July 10, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      What are the dimensions of the table?

  7. Chris on March 4, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    I have made variations of the table top over. I used kreg screws with the wood separating. I used Kreg screws and glue with the wood splitting at the screw joints. I used biscuits and the wood it self splits. I have had the worst time with this project. I am using Douglas fir from the box store and lumber yards. This is a project that I feel is misleading. I can send you pictures of the cracks and warps of the tops.

  8. Richard Asciukiewicz on January 11, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    I’m a full time RV-er would love to see you gals create furniture on a small scale
    for Class A RV’s such as a narrow Bar & Bar stools,End tables or utility table to
    place a Microwave or electric oven to bake Pizza. end tables each side of the sofa
    My RV has (4) slide outs want to use one of the front slide outs after removing an older couch replacing it with a multi media cabinet has a TV Lift unit, storage for
    stereo, satellite receiver back lit with led rope lighting, floating shelves for surround
    sound speakers. the opposite slide out installed a comfortable long Thomas Payne couch, what do you think of this custom RV upgrade Ideas ? Have a blessed day…

  9. Alicia Baer on October 18, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    What are the finished measurements?

  10. Gary Reyes on August 9, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Hi, I built this without the shelf at the bottom, due to the fact that I have dogs who like to go under the table. My table wobbles, though. Do you or anyone have any advice for eliminating the wobble? It’s stable when shaking the short sides front to back, but wobbly when shaking the long ends side to side.

  11. HawkingBrandy22 on May 27, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    My husband used these from woodprix and he’s very satisfied. However. This one is awesome.

  12. Miranda Hatton on May 26, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Do you have matching side (end) tables for the 8 board Farmhouse coffee table? How can I get the material and cut list if you do?

  13. Laura on April 20, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I love the color you used and wanted to do mine the same. Except I missed the detail about mixing the stain…I just used Briarsmoke. I’m not loving how dark and gray it is. I wont be using a one coat, fast drying stain again. It goes on way too thick and the excess wont wipe off. I was hoping for more of a yellow tone to match my house. ?

  14. Heather Longworth on March 2, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    has anyone tried building the table without ripping the 2×4, 2×6’s just curious about measurements and if its buildable, or should I just rip them. only 1/2 inch needs to be ripped, I would have to do with skill saw since I have no table saw

  15. Christy D on January 12, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Does anyone know what the wall color is on this picture?

  16. Bethany on August 4, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    I have had the email about this post in my inbox since I received it last November, and it will stay there until my husband gets around to building this for me! ? I love it! Also, do you mind telling me where you got the gray plaid pillow on the far left of the photo? I’ve been looking for similar ones for our sofa and loveseat. Thanks!

  17. Rachel on July 16, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Hi there,
    I just bought the hardware for the corners. I got the exact ones you linked from Hobby Lobby. In person, they look really short compared to the hardware on your table. Are the two the same size/dimensions? Thank you!

    • Pat on December 8, 2018 at 10:42 pm

      Rachel
      The Hobby Lobby BLACK FORGED CORNER BRACE at $10 each look like the ones they used.

      • Tom on February 14, 2021 at 4:44 pm

        They are on sale every other week for 50% off

  18. Daily Cupo on May 15, 2018 at 7:35 am

    I love this & your videos. It’s really helped my confidence level (as a total beginner.) I’ve made your floating shelves (LOVE them) and the cake stand you did (I’m adding dowels in the middle for the connecting parts so I can take it apart & store it almost flat & not worry about Velcro) I’m wondering if you’d do a console that matches this?

  19. Em Thompson on March 5, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    I love this & your videos. It’s really helped my confidence level (as a total beginner.) I’ve built your floating shelves (LOVE them) and the cake stand you did (I’m adding dowels in the middle for the connecting parts so I can take it apart & store it almost flat & not worry about Velcro) I’m wondering if you’d do a console that matches this? I really like Ana White’s x console but liked your legs better!

  20. Jamie on February 23, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I too want to know… what kind of wood did you use? Pine, fir or….? I’m never sure what’s best to grab. Do you find furniture grade? Pine is so soft & limited in my area for dimensions. Fir is readily available but I’m not sure how the end product comes out. Thanks!

  21. Rick on February 11, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    I built one of these without the Xs (because I have a 2 year old that would’ve been climbing up all day long). It came out awesome. I wish so could share a pic. Thanks for sharing the plans!

  22. TGotts on February 3, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    What is that black bit you have on your quiet strike?

    • Kevin Dale on June 19, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      That is called an apex

  23. #wooddiva on January 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Are you going to have plans for matching end tables?

    • Tim & Bergen on February 26, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      We did our own… just use same dimensions for the X sides… then choose how wide you want the top. Can’t share pics here for some reason.

  24. Jessica on January 3, 2018 at 6:28 am

    LOVE THIS!!!! Does anyone know where the basket underneath the table came from? I’d like to get something similar. Thank you!

    • Bailie on April 20, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Ikea

  25. Jessica on January 2, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    What is the final height and width.

  26. Dean on December 31, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I love the color and just want to verify how you got it. You mixed 50% natural premium Varathane (none fast drying) with 50% Varathane Briarsmoke (fast drying). Is this correct?

  27. Jacqueline Krausman on December 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I need some help with the x’s! I can not get the diagnol cuts right.

  28. Pujo Jojo on December 13, 2017 at 5:39 am

    How do I get the material and cut sheet?

    • Shanty2Chic on December 13, 2017 at 6:42 am

      It’s on the free printable plans. There is a link that says click here, towards the top of the page.

      • Pujo Jojo on December 15, 2017 at 4:43 am

        Found it!
        Thanks you guys, love the channel!

      • Shakirah on February 16, 2021 at 6:37 pm

        Hi! What are the demensions for this table?! Thanks!

  29. Pujo Jojo on December 13, 2017 at 5:39 am

    How do I get the material and cut sheet?

    • Shanty2Chic on December 13, 2017 at 6:42 am

      It’s on the free printable plans. There is a link that says click here, towards the top of the page.

  30. Lorie Gee on December 4, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Help! I feel like I’m going crazy, what angle is your mitre saw set at to do the cross pieces?! I just wasted 3 2×4’s trying to get them to look right. I did the trick with pencil and everything but they look terrible and don’t line up!

    • Jacqueline Krausman on December 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      I can’t get it either ?

      • abbe on January 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm

        i cant either!!! there has to be a trick that we are missing

    • Rob Davis on January 9, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Lorie! You can use an angle finder to get the correct angles on the mitered X’s…. Measure each one after you mark them with a pencil because you will have two different readings with slight variances in each of them. I use a digital angle finder from HD, Husky brand & it works great! Best of luck to you!!

  31. Lorie Gee on December 4, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Help! I feel like I’m going crazy, what angle is your mitre saw set at to do the cross pieces?! I just wasted 3 2×4’s trying to get them to look right. I did the trick with pencil and everything but they look terrible and don’t line up!

    • Kelly on December 30, 2019 at 11:18 am

      You have to line up the crosses mark them and cut

  32. Beth on November 30, 2017 at 11:06 am

    What kind of wood do you use and from where? Been going to home depot and using the framing lumber which splinters like crazy no matter how I cut it. Any suggestions??

  33. Beth on November 30, 2017 at 11:06 am

    What kind of wood do you use and from where? Been going to home depot and using the framing lumber which splinters like crazy no matter how I cut it. Any suggestions??

  34. yourlubert on November 27, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Could you sexualize your comments anymore? So bad!

  35. A Byars on November 23, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Great job, ladies. I’m saving this to build later. Thanks for all your help and ideas.

  36. A Byars on November 23, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Great job, ladies. I’m saving this to build later. Thanks for all your help and ideas.

  37. Janell Thomas on November 22, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I love, love, love the table! I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong but whenever I have a piece where I need to attach boards together for a table top with 2.5 inch pocket holes and 1.5 inch ph scewsI have a problem with the screws coming through the wood and showing up on the top. Help please.

    • Michelle on November 23, 2017 at 4:59 am

      You may need to check your settings on your jig. Make sure it corresponds with the thickness of the wood you are using.

  38. Janell Thomas on November 22, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I love, love, love the table! I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong but whenever I have a piece where I need to attach boards together for a table top with 2.5 inch pocket holes and 1.5 inch ph scewsI have a problem with the screws coming through the wood and showing up on the top. Help please.

    • Michelle on November 23, 2017 at 4:59 am

      You may need to check your settings on your jig. Make sure it corresponds with the thickness of the wood you are using.

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