In this article we’re gonna learn How to Build a Square Farmhouse Coffee Table. It’s 3.5ft by 3.5ft and it sits in my living room. Alright as you can see here I’m using 1x4s for the skirt. I got them lined up here on my miter saw I’m gonna cut an even cut so do exactly the same length this will help when I put it all together, that they’re all square. You can see that this side over here is perfectly square and I use my level here to help me and we’re gonna make the cut here in just a second you can see now after I did the cut they’re perfectly in line with each other. Okay I set up my Kreg Jig and I’m gonna put two holes on each side of the board’s so one here and two holes here and I’m gonna do that for all four of my skirts and then I will attach it to the top here right in the center so I have to do some lines and make sure I line it up correctly.
Okay, you can see I’ve drilled the holes now I’m just gonna repeat this process for all of them. All right, the top skirt has all the Kreg jig holes in it and I’ll be assembling here in just a minute. Okay, so in addition to the KergJigging of the skirt I’m also using a tight bond 3 uh I’m gonna put some glue right here and then I’ve drawn some lines on to line everything right into the center uh, basically uh that’s going to give it the best bond possible. Considering me it’s gonna be at the base and it’s going to be being hit a lot and kicked around by your feet I want to make sure that bond is really strong. So again I’m just using tight bond as the glue I love this stuff it’s works really great okay as you can see I’ve already screwed one end in and I’m just making sure that being a square and aligned you can draw a line like I did but I always like to take my square and line it up and make sure it’s perfectly umm…true and this is one of good ways to do it.
These are really handy to use if you don’t have one I would recommend getting one. Okay you can see I’ve attached one 1/4 of the sides that I have to do for the coffee table the second part of this gets a little tricky because you can’t stand it up on its edge because it’s already attached to this so I hadn’t screwed in standing straight up which is a little bit more challenging but that’s it, I just have to repeat this three more times and I will have the base and then I will do the top skirt up here and install that. Alright so I caught a mistake that I had I actually I put the skirt level to this line which acctually need to drop it by 3/4 of an inch to accommodate for the slats that are gonna be sitting on top of it so that way when you’re looking at the table this is the under table I guess it had enough room so I just got to make an adjustment thank goodness I only built one and I didn’t have it all assembled because that would’ve been a real big pain but I caught it early and I’m making that adjustment. Are you learning How to Build a Square Farmhouse Coffee Table?
Ok, so now I’m gonna do is gonna attach the top skirt this way I can get the best leverage in bond by doing at least two of them in the position where this is on the bottom and I’m attaching the top because once I turn this on the side I then have to attach it to this one when it’s vertical which is a little bit more challenging but at least I know I have a good bond on at least one of them so this is the process and technique that I’m using to attach the skirts Alright I have one of the four sides completed you can see the top skirt in the bottom skirt are a symbol this is the back it and then this is will be the front view that you will see and then I will have pieces of wood that’ll be laying on it well… like this that’ll come out like that it’d look really sweet alright so, I’m in the process of stalling all the skirts you can see how I’m doing it here I’ve got basically done all I have to do is attach that one over there so I’m gonna stand everything up and do it um…
I thought about this technique was the best to get the best pressure and torque that I needed on the section here again these are glued and then Kreg jigged in and it is offset here by three-quarters of an inch to account for the top that’s gonna be sitting on this okay I’m about to put the other side on you can see how I’m gonna do it I’m basically gonna flip this up on top of itself that way I can get the right pressure I need to screw them in at each angle I figured this is the best technique to use there might be other ways to do it but I thought this is the simplest way and that ensures that they’re gonna align correctly and adhere with all the glue. So I’ll show you what this looks like when it’s complete if you haven’t already please hit that subscribe button I’d appreciate it! If you liked this stuff and want to see more things just write in the comments below I’ll be happy to look at that and take your recommendations okay I’ve installed all the skirts the top and the bottom they’re all screwed in it’s all glued up I just have to wait for it to dry the next step that I’m going to be working on is at the bottom here I’m gonna be building all that and then last I’ll build the top part and attach all that.
So up next in the article you’ll see how I’m gonna be making that so stay tuned Alright I’m laying the table up here I’m gonna be Kreg jigging the bottom of it I’ve marked B for bottom for the board so I don’t get anything mixed up. I did a test piece right here you can see I used eight and a half I’m sorry inch-and-a-half setting on my Kreg Jig in two and half inch screws this is just holding by one screw and it it’s really solid but what I’m going to do is I’m gonna put some glue into it before I actually tighten it and then that’ll be it Alright you can see here I have put some holes in the bottom of the top and I’m just going to continue all the way down for the rest of them alright so here you cam see I’m gluing up the edge before I put it down and screw it to this piece I just want to show you this before I do it another thing I want to show you is I have my torque set to my drill at 8 this is so this is really soft pine so I want to make sure I have that set otherwise they just keep going through and that would not be good so I have the torque set to 8 Okay you can see here why I’ve marked the cutout the knotch that’s where this is gonna go I flipped the whole thing upside down to make sure I measured it correctly and now I’m gonna cut that notch out right here with my jig saw. Hope you’re learning How to Build a Square Farmhouse Coffee Table yet.
Okay, I’ve dry fitted everything you can see it’s just held in by pressure right now but that’s what it’ll look like underneath it came out really good and I’m just gonna continue cutting all the ones for here and then I’m gonna Kreg jig the bottom of them and it’ll be one slab that I’ll put together. Okay, I’ve fitted the base in it’s a test fit and I got to pull it all out and I’m gonna actually nail this in and glue it there you go it’s coming along looking really good Okay, in here what I decided to do was put a center brace in that’s just going to give a little more support when you put books and baskets and things underneath this I didn’t want it to bow or bend so I just added that additional support.
Okay, I applied glue and now I’m gonna be gluing and nailing all this up I’m gonna be using my nail gun over here and basically what I’m doing is gonna apply put this board in and then nail it in. Okay you can see I’m nailing everything in with some Brad nails they are inch and 3/4. You can see I’m almost done. and It’s turning out pretty good. Okay the boards are glued and nailed in at the bottom and again I used Brad nails I had to set some of them cuz they came up a little bit high but now I’m just gonna sand the edges just a little bit clean it up and then it’ll be ready for the distressed painting which will be the under tone dark brown color that I’ve chosen and then I’ll paint it white and then lightly sand it to give it the worn look.
All right as you can see I prepped everything with the undercoat this will help with the weathering it’s a technique that you do a two-tone so you put where you’re gonna be sanding off the first layer you’re gonna use a really fine sand paper like a 220 grit and then next I’m gonna let this dry and then I’ll paint it white. Alright as you can see I’m applying the first coat of white over on top of this again this is a distressing technique it’s gonna take several coats as you can kind of see it bleeding through and I’m doing it with a paintbrush I was thinking about spraying it but I want the hand worn look so I figured it’d be better just a hand paint it. Ok I finished the first coat of white. You can see how it’s been applied and it’s a little bit of translucent you can see where I put the darker coat underneath so when I apply the next coat it will get even brighter and that’ll kind of just disappear and then when I’m gonna sand it that’ll just pop through and it’ll look really good.
So there it is the first coat of white and then here’s the table over here it’s drying and then it’ll be ready for polyurethane next. All right I’m using a Varathane polyurethane and oil-based semi-gloss. I’m gonna be applying it to the top surface of this coffee table All right the top has its first coat of polyurethane it’s coming up with a good and just put the third coat of paint on the base it’s looking really sharp I really like how it’s coming out Um… I’m gonna let it dry overnight and then tomorrow I’m gonna go and distress it Alright as you can see I’ve started the distressing process it’s coming out really nicely we can kind of see how it’s working I’m actually using a 350 grit sandpaper this is really fine.
You want to take it off very slowly and gently and just expose the areas that you would naturally see worn over a long period of time so just starting a little bit thicker here and then fading it off a little bit and the same thing goes here it’s coming out really good not just gonna continue all the way on do the whole thing Alright all the distressing is done you can see how it turned out it looks really really good I’m very pleased with the technique that i used. You can see how I’ve distress it along the edge here and also internally here. One thing that I forgot to do was put the Kreg jigs in to hold the top. So I just did that a few minutes ago install the top now the top is sitting over here. And it’s all gonna be assembled here shortly and I’ll show you how it looks.
Alright the top has been installed you can see it here it came out really well I’m really pleased with it I really love the distressed look and the technique that I used on this the polyurethane semi-gloss oil-based worked out really well has a nice good shine to it. Thanks for reading How to Build a Square Farmhouse Coffee Table.