How to make a DIY 2x4 Coffee Table
This DIY 2x4 Coffee Table is actually fairly simple. The first step is to cut off the rounded edges of the 2x4. We don't have a table saw but we do have a rip fence which gets the job done. For the first side to all of the 2x4s I cut then all down to 3 1/4, then once all the boards were that size I cut the other rounded side down to an even 3 inches.
Funny side note: When I had just one board left I was winded from being so weak from surgery a few months ago. My son became my cheerleader saying "It's ok Mommy you only have one more left". With those sweet words I finished and then took a break, I need to work out!
DIY 2x4 Coffee Table Board sizes and quanities:
14 boards @ 13 inches
12 boards @ 16 inches
7 boards @36 inches
6 boards @ 30 inches.
I really wanted there to be no nails showing at all. We pretty much built the table on its side gluing and screwing each board into the one underneath until we got to the very last one. With the last we JUST glued it on. Once it was all together we flipped it over so the just glued side would have that much pressure on it. And we let it dry.
First round of sanding was intense! Once it was not as rough we put putty in all of the seams.
And sanded some more. Then we stained it with Minwax mahogany stain, then polyurethane, light sanding, polyurethane.
Overall, I am happy with how this DIY 2x4 Coffee Table turned out. I love how simple it looks with just two sides to the table. I also love the interlocking sides with the top it gives a unique quality with the table. And wow that thing is heavy, I was curious so I weighed it and it is 60 pounds of a solid coffee table.