Step 4: Attach Battens to the Underside

Cut two battens  to Build a Hairpin-Leg Coffee Table
Photo: Mark Powers
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Cut two battens (one for either end of the table) from 1x boards that are wide enough to accommodate the hairpin-leg base. If desired, add a third, thinner batten in the center of the table for support. Secure each batten to the tabletop with six screws, two for each tabletop board.
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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