There are many different coffee tables out there, but I wanted to make something different. After looking thru many different designs, I decided to build a square coffee table. To make it simple I just made three square boxes stacked on top of each other. Then I shifted the boxes around now we have a DIY Square Coffee Table.
Originally I wanted to have the section to be slightly rotated but after messing with it for some time I decided to have it just offsetting. I stained the middle section grey and the upper and lower sections Dark Walnut. This is a very simple built and here are the steps how I did it.
- Cut and Assemble the Top
- Assemble the Sides for the Upper Section
- Attach the Sides for the Lower Section
- Add Supporting Blocks to Upper Section
- Add Supporting Blocks to The Middle Section
- Attach the Lower Section
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Coffee Table Square PDF
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Step 1 – Cut and Assemble the Top
This wood coffee table has three sections. The top of each section is made with three boards that are the same length. Take 1×10 board and using a miter saw, cut 9 pieces to 27 ¾” in length. Then drill pocket holes as shown in the picture. Assemble three boards together with wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws. Repeat the process to get three top sections for each box.
Step 2 – Assemble the Sides for the Upper Section of the Coffee Table
Now take 1×4 and cut four pieces to 27 ¾” in length, and four pieces to 29 ¼” in length. The pieces that are 27 ¾” long will have pocket holes on both ends but the 29 1/4″ pieces will not have any pocket holes. Attache these sideboards to the top section with wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Now you have both the upper and middle sections complete.
Step 3 – Attach the Sides for the Lower Section of Coffee Table
When cutting boards for the lower section take 1×10 and cut two pieces to 27 ¾” in length and two pieces to 29 ¼” in length. Similar to upper boxes the pieces that are 27 ¾” in length will have pocket holes on each side and the longer pieces will not. Assemble these side pieces to the last remaining top board.
Step 4 – Add Supporting Blocks to Upper Section
Before attaching the section together, sand the boxes and stain.
When attaching coffee table sections together there needs to be a ½” gap between them. Take 2×4 and cut 16 blocks to 6″ in length. These 2×4 blocks will be connected together by pairs. If you have 4×4 boards, then you could use them instead of 2×4 blocks. Drill pocket holes on both sides of these blocks. Make sure to set your Kreg Jig to 3/4″ thick wood, even though you’re drilling thru a 4×4 block. The reason is that you don’t want the screws to come out from the top of the 3/4″ thick board. Flip the top section upside down and attach these blocks on four corners.
Step 5 – Add Supporting Blocks to The Middle Section
Now take the middle section of the table and placed it over the 2×4 blocks. Offset this section a few inches and fasten it to the 2×4 blocks using 2″ wood screws. Again, similar to step-4, attach a 2×4 block to the middle section on four corners.
Step 6 – Attach the Lower Section of the Coffee Table
Finish by placing the last bottom section and fasten it to the 2×4 blocks using wood. You are done with DIY Square Coffee Table.