How to Build a Display Coffee Table
From our new Hammer It Out series: Show off your collectibles with an acrylic-topped case that does double duty as a living room table
A cardboard box buried in the garage is no home for your grandfather's hand tools or your own hard-won collectibles. Why not showcase them properly, in a coffee table with a sunken inset and a removable top that you build yourself? With little more than a few lengths of lumber, some stock legs, and a sheet of acrylic, you'll have a DIY display coffee table that's fittingly handsome for the history on display.
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Display Coffee Table Overview
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Our shadowbox coffee table cut list is based on table legs with a 2¼-by-2¼- inch section on top that's 5 inches long. This unturned portion of post provides the flats to attach the apron pieces; its width will affect the dimensions of the tabletop frame, so be sure to adjust your measurements accordingly if you go with legs of a different size.
1x5 apron: 2 @ 22½ inches
1x5 apron: 2 @ 46½ inches
1x1 support strips and edge strips: 2 @ 21 inches
1x1 support strips: 2 @ 45 inches
1x1 screw strips: 8 @ 4½ inches
Baseboard for tabletop frame: 2 @ 26½ inches (tip to tip)
Baseboard for tabletop frame: 2 @ 53½ inches (tip to tip)
1x1 edge strips: 2 @ 26½ inches (tip to tip)
1x1 edge strips: 2 @ 53½ inches (tip to tip)
Acrylic sheet: 1 @ 27 by 51 inches
½-inch plywood bottom: 1 @ 24 by 48 inches