Overview

Blending rustic wood with industrial metal, this coffee table has a high-end look—but cost less than $70 to make. The secret: vintage hairpin legs, often found on mid-century furniture, now easily available from online auction sites and marketplaces for well under a Benjamin. Find a style you like in the right height (for a table like the one shown, you'll need 16- to 18-inch legs). Then top with reclaimed barn wood or any other spare boards set close together and screwed to battens; we used three prefinished walnut floorboards, plus a fourth to create a picture-frame trim.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver with combination bit
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      18-gauge nail gun

    Shopping List

    4 boards barn wood, spare floorboards, or any other boards of your choice

    1x boards for battens

    1½-inch wood screws Wood glue

    Paste wax(optional)

    16- to 18-inch metal hairpin legs