Once you have located the right DIY coffee table plans, completion of your project will take just a few hours. Coffee tables can be created with just a few supplies and tools, many of which you probably already have on hand. Then some stain, varnish or paint and you’re done. In fact, the longest time involved may be choosing the style of table that you want to build.
Table plans range from simple to complex. Many plans indicate the skill level needed to complete the project. Beginners should choose plans that will allow inexpensive wood to be used. That way if a mistake is made, it will not be a costly one to replace the miss-cut section.
Intermediate and Expert level woodworkers started out by completing simple projects. Each completed project adds new skills. The availability of pre-cut wood, spindles and routed trim will allow beginners to tackle some of the more complex coffee tables plans with ease.
The type of wood that you choose to use to build your coffee table may be determined by what type of table you are making. If it will be holding a significant amount of weight, a hardwood would be the best to use. Cypress, oak and walnut are three strong woods that have tight grains and accept stain and varnish well. Tables with spindle legs like a butler’s table can be made from softwoods. Softwoods like maple, ash and poplar are light in color but can be stained to match wood floors or existing furniture finishes. Beginners may want to use pine, as it is inexpensive and easy to work with.