Introduction

display coffee table
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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A cardboard box buried in the garage is no home for your grandfather's hand tools or your own hard-won collectibles. Why not showcase them properly, in a coffee table with a sunken inset and a removable top that you build yourself? With little more than a few lengths of lumber, some stock legs, and a sheet of acrylic, you'll have a fine piece of furniture that's fittingly handsome for the history on display.

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Paint: Valspar's Royal Navy
Table legs: Waddell 21 ¼-inch Country Pine Traditional Wood Table Leg, Lowe's
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with a countersink drill bit
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun

    Shopping List

    1. ½-inch plywood to make the floor. Get a 24-by-48-inch piece.

    2. Baseboard to make the tabletop fame. Get two 8-foot boards.

    3. 1x5 to make the apron. Get two 8-foot boards.

    4. 1x1 to make the cleats and the lip of the tabletop frame. Get three 8-foot boards.

    5. Table legs. Get four.

    6. Acrylic sheet. Get a piece at least 30 by 60 inches. 7. 1-inch nails

    8. 2-inch nails

    9. 1 ¼-inch screws

    10. 2-inch screws

    11. Permanent marker

    12. Wood glue

    13. A cyanoacrylate glue, such as Super Glue