Step 3: Attach the apron pieces to the legs

attach the apron pieces to the legs while building a display coffee table
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Apply wood glue to the edge of an apron assembly, and position it against a leg so that everything is flush at the top and inside of the leg, as shown. Drill pilot holes through the screw strip and into the leg, then secure it using 1¼-inch screws. Continue joining each leg and apron piece until the perimeter of the base is complete.
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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