Step 8: Assemble the tabletop frame

assemble the tabletop frame while building a display coffee table
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Once all the frame and strip pieces have been constructed, apply wood glue and a touch of cyanoacrylate glue to their mitered edges, one joint at a time. Join the corners to create a rectangle, then nail from the outside edge through each mitered joint using 1¼-inch nails.
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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