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Handsome Coffee Table

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A solid-wood coffee table in a Craftsman-inspired design is a classic that never goes out of style. This one, created by Build-Basic blogger Jenn Largesse, comes together fast with a simple joinery technique, while its splayed legs, faux-tenon details, and faux-breadboard ends give the illusion of more advanced woodworking. Use No. 2 pine, as Largesse did, and lumber costs top out at about $45. Here’s an overview of the project; find a detailed step-by-step, plans, plus a cut list at build-basic.com.

Step 1: Prep the Parts

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Use a miter saw to cut all the pieces to length; wait to custom-cut the tabletop trim. Use a pocket-hole jig to drill angled holes for the 1 1⁄4-inch pocket screws that fasten most of the parts of this table.

Step 2: Build the Base

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Glue and pocket-screw the legs, rails, and crosspieces. Attach the faux-tenon blocks, following the angle of the legs. Set the 1x4 slats on the shelf cleats with a ½-inch gap between them, as shown; glue.

Step 3: Assemble the Top

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Arrange the boards lengthwise; glue and pocket-screw the edges together. Glue and fasten perpendicular faux breadboards at each end; trim the assembly with a frame of mitered 1x2s. To allow for seasonal movement, use figure-8 fasteners to attach the tabletop to the base. Stain and top-coat as desired.

Tip: For easy legs, order precut 2 3⁄4-by-2 3⁄4-by-18-inch turning blanks instead of ripping stock 4x4s.