After living with our small and wobbly coffee table for the last ten years, it was time for something more substantial and beefier. I’m thrilled with how our new coffee table turned out and even more happy that I was able to build it myself for $50.00 in materials. Most of the wood I used for this project was given to my husband after he cleaned out a building for a client.
I’ve already proclaimed my love for Restoration Hardware knock offs with this RH inspired aged metal Ikea cabinet.
Inspired by their Salvaged Wood Balustrade Coffee Table, I went with the dimensions of the smaller scaled table that is now on sale for $1195, $300 off the normal price tag of $1495. A $1445 savings sounds even better, right?
The finished dimensions of my coffee table are 48″W x 23″D x 19″H.
Special note: The lumber I used for the table top looks like it came from door frames and are 1″ x 5″ boards (actual width 4-1/2″). Most home improvement stores don’t stock this size but can rip down 1″ x 6″ boards for you.
Tools & Materials for building the RH knock off Balustrade Coffee Table:
(I added Amazon links to the products I used and recommend.)
- (3) 1″ x 5″ @ 8′ long
- (4) 1″ x 4″ @ 8′ long
- (3) 5 1/2″ (actual width) @ 6′ long fence boards (ripped down in half )
- (4) 3/4″ furniture sliders with screws
- (4) 4 1/2″ diameter balusters (Mine had to be cut down to 15″ high)
- Miter Saw
- Kreg Jig and 1-1/2″ Kreg coarse screws
- Kreg Face Clamp
- Bar Clamp
- Power Drill
- Impact Driver
- Wood screws- 3″, and 1-1/4″
- Palm sander
- Block Plane (optional- you can round off the board edges with a sander instead)
- 1- 1/4″ brad nails
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler
Just to be on the safe side, I tested them for lead using 3M’s Leadcheck swabs.
**Don’t forget to protect your eyes, ears and lungs with the proper equipment before you start your project.**
I used the Farmhouse Table Plans, steps 6 and 7, from Ana White as a guide to build the table top. I cut the 1″ x 5″ boards and joined them together using the Kreg Jig to make pocket holes and 1-1/2″ Kreg screws. The picture below shows where the pocket holes will be made. The length of the end pieces, called breadboards, are determined once the long boards are joined together. The finished table top measures 48″ x 23″. Cuts using 1″ x 5″s: (5) 39″ boards and (2) 23″ boards.
At this point, I knew the exact measurements of the table top, so I made a base in the same size. I cut the 1″ x 4″ boards and joined them by making pocket holes with the Kreg Jig. Cuts using 1″x 4″ boards: (2) 48″, (2) 16 1/8″, and (1) 41 1/4″.
Fence boards were ripped in half then cut down to the width of the table. I nailed them to the base and used credit cards to keep them evenly spaced apart. Cuts for the fence boards: (17) 23″ long
The table top has a supporting frame underneath. It also measures 48″ x 23″. This gives you a place to screw in the balustrade legs. It was screwed together using pocket holes. Cuts for the supporting frame using 1″ x 4″s: (2) 48″ and (3) 16″.
Once you check that everything is level, you can pre drill the holes and attach the baluster legs using 3″ screws. An impact driver makes this job a whole heck-of-alot easier. It allows you to drive the long screws in easily without stripping them. Since you have more torque without stripping the screw, you can countersink them. Um, and yes, make sure the legs are all turned the right direction before you attach them to the frame.
The supporting frame was attached to the table top from underneath using wood glue and 1-1/4″ screws.
The baluster legs were screwed in from the bottom with 3″ deck screws. Again, pre drill your holes.
I attached feet cut from 1″ x 4″s to the corners then added furniture sliders to protect the rug. Cuts from 1″ x 4″ boards: (4) 3 1/2″ squares.
And here she is, all put together and ready to be painted.
It’s painting technique that I haven’t tried before now and I’m really excited about sharing it with you! The lighting makes it look two different colors in the picture, but it’s all the same in person.
I have to admit, I was feeling a little intimidated since this was my first furniture build and I didn’t have any building plans to go with it. But, it turned out much better than I thought it would.
So, tell me, if you could knock off a piece of furniture from any catalog, what would it be? I’d love to hear what you have to say.