I Love a good, perfectly square, large coffee table and have been inspired by the look of them for a long time. So I gathered some 2x2's and whatever scrap wood I had in the trusty ol' wood pile for the top and got to work. its actually really easy, and will come together quickly with the right tools.


[6] 2x2's x 8ft
Wood top: (the finished dimensions are 39"x39" so gather whatever wood widths you'd like to make it 39") I used whatever wood I had on hand.
Countersink drill bit
2.5 inch screws
Electric Drill 
Chop Saw
Tape measurer and Pencil
Stain or Paint
Wood glue: I didn't use it in my construction but I would recommend it, applying it on all the joints.

CUT LIST: (using a chop saw)
[8] cuts of 39" (2x2's)
[4] cuts of 15' (2x2's)
Cut all your table top boards to 39" long

My pile of finished cuts. 4 @ 15" and 8 @ 39" 
Start by constructing 2 sets of the above image by using your countersink drill bit and drilling though the 2x2 far enough so the 2.5 inch screw will go through it and secure tightly with the connecting 2x2 without splitting the wood. you will be connecting one of the 39" cuts with two of the 15" cuts.
next, you'll want to connect the two pieces you've made by screwing them into a 39" cut. repeat for both sides to make a square.
Continue by screwing a couple more 39" cuts along the tops to make another square.
You have your base!

Glue and clamp your table top together and leave it overnight. 
(I don't have photos of this next part, Ill try and explain best I can!) take 2 thin scrap pieces of wood, like a 1x4 or 1x2, about 34' long and run them vertically, perpendicular to the wood top, across the slats and put a couple screws  into each piece of wood (basically just securing them together, extra reinforcement)

Pick up your wood top and place it on top of your base, whatever you used to secure the wood top should butt up against the undersides of your base and keep it in place, does that make sense?

Sand it all down, especially the joints where you made your cuts and use some wood plugs to seal up the countersink holes. Now all you have to do select a finish and stain!

I will be back soon to blog about my easy "Restoration Hardware" greywash technique which I used to finish mine. 
XOXO, Lindy


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