How to Build a DIY Coffee Table Square

DIY Square Coffee Table

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. 

  1. Cut and Assemble the Top
  2. Assemble the Sides for the Upper Section
  3. Attach the Sides for the Lower Section
  4. Add Supporting Blocks to Upper Section
  5. Add Supporting Blocks to The Middle Section
  6. Attach the Lower Section

You also might be interested in other tables that I’ve built: Kitchen Table, Breakfast Table, and Dining Table.


Time to Complete

6 hours

Total Cost

$100

Skill Level

Intermediate


Coffee Table Square PDF

$6.00

This PDF download includes Cut Diagrams, a List of Supplies, and 3D illustrations with detailed steps to build the project. Measurements are in imperial and not metric. Does NOT include SketchUp/CAD files.

The plans are embedded on the webpage for free, but if you would like to support the website, you can pay a small fee to purchase the printable PDFs.

Thank you for your support!

Coffee Table Square

If you are feeling generous today, you could give a small tip to help me create more projects. Thank you!

Material List

Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size.  See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal.

Disclosure: Some of the links on this page as well as links in “tools for this project” and “material list” sections are affiliate links.


Dimensions

DIY Square Coffee Table dimensions

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.

table top of the DIY Square Coffee Table

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.

middle section of the DIY Square Coffee Table

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.

lower section of the DIY Square Coffee Table

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.

block supports for DIY Square Coffee Table

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.

DIY Square Coffee Table middle section

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.

DIY Square Coffee Table lower section

Leave a Comment