Friday, June 6, 2014

DIY Coffee Table (with drawer)

Build: diy coffee table with drawer

I made this coffee table at a friend's request.
She wanted a planked top, traditional farmhouse legs, one small drawer and a really chippy, distressed paint on the base.

I decided on 2x6s for the table top, it gives the planked feel a real chunkiness.
My friend picked the green paint color to coordinate with her other pieces.
It's Benjamin Moore cedar green.

The drawer is slim - made from 1x2s - but deep enough for remote controls and magazines.

I sketched up this build based on my friend's size requests.
You can find Ana White plans for similar coffee tables here, here and here.

How to build a coffee table with a drawer:

Finished size: 46"l x 22"w x 19 1/2"h


4 - 2x6 @ 46" (top)
2 - 1x5 @ 38 1/2" (apron front & back)
2 - 1x5 @ 14 3/4" (apron sides)
1 - 1x3 @ 18" (drawer face)
2 - 1x2 @ 17" (drawer front & back)
2 - 1x2 @ 15 1/2" (drawer sides)
1/4" ply 17"x 17" (drawer base)
4 - 1x2 @ 16" (drawer glides) *cut to fit

Step 1: Construct table top using Kreg jig pocket holes.

Step 2: Secure legs, side aprons and back apron to table top again using pocket holes.
Legs are inset from table edge.
Apron is inset 1/2" from outer leg edges.

Step 3: Mark center front apron for drawer face opening (18 1/2"l x 2 3/4"h) and cut out using jig saw.
Then attach front apron to table top.

Step 4: Build drawer.

Step 5: Attach drawer glides. (I choose to use only wood supports for this drawer, it's so little and thin but you could easily use hardware drawer glides too.)

Step 5 continued: One 1x2 runs flush to base of apron front opening.  The other 1x2 sits perpendicular 1/4" inside the opening (acts as a stop for drawer face).

Step 6: Paint base Benjamin Moore cedar green.  I used the Vaseline method to get the chippy distressed look.

Stain the top and base Minwax early american.

Seal everything 3 coats Minwax polyureathane clear satin.


  1. Another beautiful project, Jaime! Fun color.

  2. I love this project! The green is a great color choice for the base. And the drawer is so handy.

  3. Beautiful work! Can you describe how you attached the legs to the table top? Thanks.