I am so happy with how this next project turned out!  My hairdresser recently mentioned wanting a new coffee table.  I quickly jumped at the opportunity for a little trade… I get my hair done and she gets a table… Perfect trade! 😉

Here is how it turned out!

DIY Coffee Table Free Plans

DIY Coffee Table by Shanty 2 Chic

How about those legs??  Big and beautiful, right?  I’ll share details on where you can get them below!

I will give you guys the step by step on building this bad boy below, and you can also download and print the FREE PLANS for this table HERE or by clicking the button below!

Free Plans Modern Farmhouse Coffee Table

When I planned the table in my head, I knew I wanted legs that really made a statement.  The legs make this table!  It’s such a simple build, but the overall look is so amazing!  I worked with one of our VERY favorite companies to design these legs. Osborne Wood Products is so awesome.  Their prices are great, and the variety is is too!  You can find these legs HERE!

Wood Coffee Table Legs

Let me show you how basic this build is.  I started by making all of my cuts.  I used my Ridgid Sliding Compound Miter Saw for all of mine.

Ridgid Miter Saw

Once all of my cuts were made, I started on my pocket holes. This table has lots, but using the Kreg Jig
on this table makes it super sturdy!  You can see the K5 Kreg Jig that we use HERE on Amazon!
This plan calls for 3/4″ pocket holes since that is the thickness of the wood we are attaching to.

Pocket Holes for Plank coffee table

I started by building both of the planked tops.  You can see how I lined my boards up in the Kreg Jig above.  I used my Ryobi drill to create all of the pocket holes.  Each of my 48″ pieces looked like this before attaching them.  There are 2 of these boards that don’t require any pocket holes. They will be the planks on one end.

Planks for coffee table top

So, at this point you should have two planked pieces that look like this.  I attached mine using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Planked Top for coffee table

Below each of these pieces are frames.  I built both of those next.  They are also constructed the same, so you will build two of them as well.  Each frame has 3 smaller boards, and 2 longer boards.  Your shorter boards will have pocket holes that run all the way down each board and also pocket holes on each end.   To create the pocket holes that ran down the length of each board, I placed them in the Kreg Jig like this…

Kreg Jig Pocket Holes

The pocket holes on each end are made by lining the boards up like this…

Kreg Jig K5

I used 1 1/4″ screws and Gorilla wood glue to build both of the frames.  These screws go through each of my end pocket holes and into the longer boards.  When doing this, you want to make sure your pocket holes that run the length of the boards all face the same direction.

frame for coffee table

The next step is attaching those frames to the planked boards.  This part is super easy because of those pocket holes!  You just used 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws through all of those pocket holes and into the planked boards.

attaching frame to coffee table top

So, you will have 2 whole pieces that look like this now…

How to build a coffee table top

Time to build your little ‘L’ pieces!  You can do this first, but I did wait and build them when I was ready to attach the legs.  So, you are going to build 4 pieces that look like L’s.  Each one uses 2 different pieces of 1×3.  There will be a shorter piece, and a longer piece, and you can see here where your pocket holes on each piece will go.

Coffee Table Leg Pieces

Before attaching them to the table, you attach them together to form your L.

corner piece for DIY coffee table

Then, they fit around the top of the legs and secure to the apron of the table top and the top of the table top using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, and then you also attach them directly to the legs using wood screws.

Coffee Table Legs

Here are all 4 legs attached before adding the other piece which is the bottom of the table.

How to build a modern farmhouse table

To add the bottom piece, I put some Gorilla Wood Glue on each leg, and then used three 2.5″ wood screws through the bottom part and into each leg.

Gorilla Wood Glue

Building a DIY Coffee Table

And voila…  You have an upside down table!

How to build a DIY Coffee Table

My final step was staining.  I used Rust-Oleum stain in a color called Wheat.  Once it was dry, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat sander to distress all of my edges.  I LOVE the look this achieves!Rustoleum-Wheat

Ryobi Corner Cat Sander

I also added a coat of polyurethane to the top to protect this finish.  Here it is all finished up!  I photographed it in my living room, and now I want to keep it there… 😉

Coffee Table Free Plans

DIY Coffee Table Free Plans

DIY Coffee Table by Shanty 2 Chic

Wood Coffee Table Legs

The total cost in wood to build this was under $250.  It is one of the more expensive coffee tables I have done, but compared to the thousands of dollars that certain stores are charging for similar looks, I am super pleased with the price.  And those legs…  You just can’t beat them!

I would LOVE for you to share and PIN this table with all of your friends!  You guys are always so great about that, and we appreciate it SO MUCH!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Let me know if you have any questions at all!

And, thanks so much to Jay of Jay’s Custom Creations for putting all of Shanty 2 Chic’s original ideas into printable plans for our readers!  You guys should check out his his site… He’s awesome!


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  1. How are you able to match the rest of your wood to the table legs? I’m interested in using table legs from one table to create a new table, but I’m concerned that the woods won’t match — my understanding is that even if I stain them, that different woods take stain differently. How does one do this?

  2. Hey, I just wanted to say that you gals are so inspiring, and I love this table! Just wanted to let you know: the link for “Jay and Jay’s Custom Creations” is not correct, it sends me to the Ryobi sander at Home Depot. Also, I am just now getting into wanting to build furniture, and I found your “Tools” page very helpful. I don’t know how long it has been since you wrote it, so I was wondering do you not use the Ryobi miter saw anymore? Is the Ridgid saw better?

  3. If I didn’t want the bottom piece, and just wanted this to stand on the legs, would you recommend I brace the legs or reinforce them anymore than what you do in the original plans? It’s a beautiful table I just have a dog who seems to think that under the coffee table is where she’s supposed to lay, no matter the obstacles in her way lol.

  4. This is gorgeous and those legs are beautiful! I have been dying to make something using big, chunky legs like those. Thanks for sharing your plans! Pinned:)

    1. Hey! We work with the leg company, as I mentioned and I quickly did the math in my head at 5 this morning while still in a haze. I didn’t account for shipping… My bad. Thanks for catching me… The lumber cost was under $250 which still kicks $1000 in the pants to me 🙂 Sorry for the mix up.