Step 2: Attach the cleats to the apron

attaching the cleats to the apron while building a display coffee table
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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On each apron piece, glue and position a long support strip flush with the bottom edge, and a short screw strip flush with each end. The supports will hold the plywood display bottom. The screw strips create a block for attaching the apron pieces to the legs. To secure the strips, first tack them in place using a pneumatic nail gun and 1¼-inch nails. Then, using a countersink drill bit, create pilot holes in the strips and sink a 1¼-inch screw through the strip and into the apron.
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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