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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An Easy Way to Build an Industrial Wood Coffee Table

Building a professional looking industrial style coffee table is much easier (and cheaper!) than you think!   

It's Monthly DIY Challenge day!  This month,  Kreg has graciously sponsored our challenge and has also provided each of us with a Kreg R3.  I can not believe I have never used one of these handy tools before.  Seriously, have I been living in a hole?

I've built many projects in the past, but building a piece of furniture with pocket holes is a total game changer!

DIY industrial coffee table
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A few months ago we bought furniture for our living room and I have been in search of a new coffee table ever since.  I haven't been able to find one that I really like, so I decided to move our basement coffee table upstairs and build a new one for the basement.   I love being able to shop the house and rearrange furniture.  It's my favorite way to achieve a new look in a space without spending a penny.  

I knew I wasn't ready to come up with my own building plans (I'm all about going out of my comfort zone, but not THAT far out), so I searched online and found plans from Ana White that were perfect. 

****I followed plans from Ana White, BUT I did adjust them in order to make my table smaller to better fit our space. ****

- (4) 2x2x8 boards
- (3) 1x4x6 boards
- 2 inch wood screws
- Wood glue
- Chalk Paint - I used FAT Raven
- Mitre Saw
- Drill
- Paint Brush

Once I had my plans narrowed down and my wood purchased I was ready to bust out the Kreg and start building!  Don't let this little tool intimidate you.  Once you figure out where to set your sliders and stop collar on the drill bit (this video was super helpful) the rest is easy. 

setting up the Kreg Jig

Drilling pocket holes using a kreg jig, kreg jig, industrial coffee table
I drilled two pocket holes in each piece of wood then once all my pocket holes were drilled I started building the table.
drilled pocket holes, kreg jig

Pocket holes, kreg jig

building industrial coffee table, kreg jig, pocket holes

Building an industrial coffee table

industrial coffee table, kreg jig
I used new 1x4's for the top of the table, but aged them a bit to give them a slight distressed look. (Hammers and screws work really well for distressing.)  I finished off the top boards with a coat of Minwax Special Walnut and a very light coat of Minwax Jacobean before sealing it with 3 coats of water based poly.
distressing new wood
I painted the bottom of the table using leftover FAT paint in Raven then sealed it with two coats of water based poly.
Painting industrial coffee table, kreg jig
After the paint was dry I flipped the table over and attached each top board with 2 inch wood screws.
painted industrial coffee table, kreg jig

easy industrial coffee table, kreg jig, diy table
I didn't plan it, but the table ended up matching perfectly with our mixed material bookcase.   
DIY industrial coffee table, kreg jig, diy table

DIY industrial coffee table, kreg jig, diy coffee table

DIY industrial coffee table, kreg jig

How to build an easy industrial coffee table using the Kreg Jig.

How to build an easy industrial coffee table using the Kreg Jig.

How to build an easy industrial coffee table using the Kreg Jig.

I'm pretty impressed with how my first "real" building project turned out and definetely have the itch to build another project sooner rather than later.  Maybe next time I'll try out the new Accu-Cut or Rip-Cut!

Do you have the itch to get building too?  Kreg is giving away 10 R3 Jigs to 10 lucky reader's!  Just enter using the rafflecopter below for your chance to win! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Before you go, don't forget to check out all the other amazing Kreg Jig projects! 
13 easy diy kreg jig projects

- Wall Color- Sherwin-Williams Accesible Beige
- Door Color- Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore
- Bookcase - Amazon
- Rug - World Market
- Glass Vases - World Market (I find most of mine from HomeGoods)
- Wood candle holders - World Market

How to build an easy industrial coffee table using the Kreg Jig.


Would you like to comment?

  1. I'd love to use a kreg jig to help me make a storage bench for my son's room.

  2. Please pick me!! lol I need to build a dining room table before the holidays that seats 8!!

  3. I love how your coffee table turned out. A Kreg jig is on my amazon wish list!

  4. If I win a Kreg jig, I would start with an easy project since I am a novice at woodworking. Thanks for this opportunity to win :)

  5. I ❤️ this! Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win so I can make this ;)

  6. It turned out beautifully Katie and fits SO perfectly in your rustic, industrial style basement!!!

  7. If I win a Kreg jig I would like to build a sideboard for my dining room. I love the way your basement has come together.

  8. Nice Project. I would love one of those jigs.

  9. Looking to make a raised dog bowl feeder :)

  10. Love your new coffee table! With a Kreg Jig, I'd start by building some storage cubes and wall shelves to organize my home office. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  11. Love your table. I am an amateur DIYer. Trying to build my collection of tools. Been wanting a Kreg jig. So hope I win one.

  12. I'm a beginner so I'd start of with wooden letters for my daughter's room. She'd love that.

  13. That table is stunning. I'd love to have a go at it if I'd win.

  14. Great table! I see you are in Sykesville. I live in Columbia, so we are almost neighbors. Was up your way last week to pick up a couple old suitcases I purchased an online yard sale.

    1. Yes, we are not too far away! I go to Columbia all the time to go to Hobby Lobby :)

  15. I would love to make a desk for my office.

  16. Amazing project! My daughter and I use wood that is grown and milled in our property to make furniture! This tool would be an amazing addition to our supplies!

  17. I will have my son-in-law build a much needed coffee table for me using this amazing tool.

  18. I would love to make a dining room table! :)

  19. This is amazing and looks SO good in your basement! Fits in perfectly with your decor!

  20. Would love to enter! Unfortunately, it won't load on my browser. I'll have to keep the email in my inbox and try again later. My first project would have to be the corbels to replace the horrendous fixture in my living room and to make the house bed. Not exactly a house but some sort of frame around my bed to drape sheer valanve scarves.

  21. thank you for a chance to win! I would love to create a sideboard table in my dining room for serving food when we have company.

  22. This looks SO amazing, Katie!! I love the contrasting look. It's perfect in your basement!! Nice work! :)

  23. The table looks great, Katie! Love how well it matches the shelf even if you didn't plan it.

  24. I'm going to make a new dining room table. This would be an awesome tool to use

  25. Oh wow!! If I won an R3 I would make this beautiful t.v centre I saw on Ana White. It is so amazing and has miniature barn doors and it would also be my first build! I'm so excited. Thank you for the giveaway!!

  26. I would love to win so I can make this coffee table.

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  28. I would love to make a dining table with a bench. Thank you so much for offering such a great giveaway!

  29. I could finally make the table and bench for my foyer.

  30. I could finally make the table and bench for my foyer.