Coffee Table Build + Free Plans
Back in July, I had the opportunity to meet Christian and Haden from Osborne Wood Products, and they were so helpful as we discussed our plans to start making more furniture, and posting our designs here on the blog. You can see from the picture below why I was completely drawn to their booth. We are ready to take our woodworking skills up a few notches, and Osborne Wood Products definitely fits the bill. What a gorgeous inventory! And we are finally getting around to finishing our kitchen island as well as our bar. So if you’re thinking about upgrading vanities, islands or adding sconces under your cabinetry…you won’t be disappointed by the quality and variety of products to choose from.
Above: Osborne Wood Products booth at the Haven Conference
They were totally supportive of our ideas and invited Snazzy Little Things to join their #buildatable program. Next, we were sent these awesome legs to start a new coffee table project (or in this case, two of them!), so another build will happen again in the near future. I also happened to win the free drawing for their tool box and other goodies – all because I dropped my card in the fishbowl. Thanks, Osborne! We’re totally spoiled now!
Below is the result of our first build. So proud! Be sure to follow along to see how I achieved this driftwood grey finish, that post is coming out in a few days.
Above: Our new coffee table. This build is truly our own, but I would also say that it is “designer-inspired”.
If you look closely, our “Snazzy” legs on our knockoff are slightly different than the original. We also knew we needed to resize and modify this for our own space.
In this tutorial, we have added a few techniques that will be very useful to you DIY projects going forward.
Making Rough Cut Wood Look New:
For this build, we were able to use actual 2″ thick rough cut pine boards that we purchased at a significant discount.
On that note, let’s talk tools for a minute. A planer allows you to take a rough cut board and make it perfectly smooth. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the DIY’er. Thanks to our partners at Rockler we now have a Dewalt 12 1/2” Surface Planer. Now we can pick up rough cut wood (which translates to cheap wood) from our arsenal and make it smooth again, and we aren’t required to get milled lumber that can be extremely expensive.
With a planer, it’s suddenly possible to afford to mill our own lumber at home. We can now pick up rough more exotic woods, such as cherry, mahogany, walnut, padauk, zebrawood. No more pine boxes because you have no choice.
- Table Saw- (Ryobi RTS31) – buy at Home Depot
- Miter Saw – (Harbor Freight 12″ Sliding Compound)
- Jig Saw – (Dewalt DW331 K) – buy at Home Depot
- Surface Planer – (Dewalt DW734) — purchase at Rockler
- Kreg Jig – (K4 and box of 1 3/4″ Fasteners)
- Try Square
- Gorilla Glue
- (4) Osborne Wood Products Southport Coffee Table Legs
- (6) 2”x 8″x 48″ Pine Boards for Table Top
- (2) 12″ x 6″ x 48″ Pine Boards for Breadboard
- (4) 1″ x 8″ x 72″ Pine Boards for Bottom Shelf
- (3) 1″ x 4″ x 8″ Pine Boards for Frame
Paint / Finish (stay tuned for a future post)
- Varathane Dark Walnut Stain (1 qt.)
- Varathane Sunbleach Stain (1 qt.)
- Matte Polyurethane Finish
(Free downloadable plans available for subscribers) – here is what you’ll get:
Like what you see? Get your free plans now!
I am guest blogging next week (November 3rd) on Elizabeth Jones Design’s blog, where I’ll post about how I achieved the weathered wood finish. Be sure to follow along!
Thanks again to the Osborne Wood Products team. Meet Christian in the video below. We are absolutely thrilled to be part of their #buildatable program — this is our first of many builds I’m sure. Next up? Our basement bar!