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Free Coffee Table Woodworking Plan

An enjoyable benefit of building furniture is I can create a project which perfectly fits the environment it will reside in. For this small coffee table, I looked at the traffic pattern in the room which helped determine the overall length and width of the table. Next, I mulled over how high the top would rise above the floor; especially how high the top should be in relation to the adjacent couch and love seat. With the old table, my wife and I would rest our feet on it; a bad habit for a woodworker – but we did it anyway.

With all of the dimensions worked out, I began to draw the new coffee table on paper – very low tech; this was 2009 and I had not yet discovered SketchUp.

The subject of my new woodworking plan - a small coffee table.

The subject of my new woodworking plan – a small coffee table.

About the design
I thought about using turned legs on this table, but I really did not want anything that looked Colonial. Plus the table is small, which means the area available for turning is even smaller. I did sort of a time commitment vs. visual benefit study in my head and concluded that turned legs would not be worth it. An additional consideration: I sold my lathe a long time ago, so turning would be a significant obstacle to work through.

The resulting design has no curves at all. I wanted to see what I could come up with which featured only straight lines. I was not shooting for a modern design as much as I wanted to see how visually interesting I could make this table while keeping the design as simple as possible.

Something that helps the visual aspect of this table is the contrasting wood. The table I created was constructed using oak (stained) and tiger maple (natural). The plan is illustrated showing mahogany and birdseye maple in use. Combining different species of wood within a project allows a wide variety of options.

For this plan, I updated the shelf by changing the design to reflect how the top looks. In the original table, I simply used a piece of oak plywood, a material I wish I had not used.

Here are a few pages from the plan…

Page 7

Page 10

Next, some more information about the table and the project plan…

  • The table is 30 1/2″ wide, 17″ deep and 18″ tall.
  • I consider this table to be an intermediate level project.
  • This plan is very detailed and professional in nature.
  • It is 13 pages in length.
  • The plan includes many illustrations and a full cut list.
  • The plan includes sources where necessary.

This table is somewhat small, but you could easily scale up the dimensions to fit your needs.

Download this plan FOR FREE
Click the link below to begin your instant download. This breaks all the rules concerning online marketing, but I do not collect your email address and I have no way of knowing who is downloading this woodworking plan. This means no emails or spam will follow your download.


One last note: I go to great lengths to organize my woodworking plans so they will be easy to follow. Prior to building a project, thoroughly read the plan and make sure you understand all of the process. If you have any questions about the construction process, send me a message by using the form on my About/Contact page.

I hope you enjoy building your project!


  1. Jeff – great looking design and i am always reminded that furniture should show wear for if it is not for use then what good is tit.

    • Thanks Jason, good to hear from you. I am working towards using Adobe Indesign to create my next plan so hopefully they will just get better.

    • Yes, but as you say, on a wider scale to most every part. If I were designing this for a dinning table, I would make the legs thicker, the aprons wider, etc. I would not use the slat design for the table top though. My concern here would be spills from drinks or even food getting between the slats. There needs to be a slight gap between the slats to allow for seasonal wood expansion and contraction.

      As a coffee table we have had a couple of spills on mine and while it has been OK, I always freak out when a spill happens. Liquids and wood don’t work well together. 🙂

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