Step 4: Mark the display bottom

marking out the size of the table for assembly while building a display coffee table
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Set the table's base upside down on the floor. Align the inner edges of the apron with the outer edges of the display bottom so that the frame would slip over the floor if not for the screw strips at the corners. Mark the outline of the screw strips at each corner, as shown.
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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