Do You Prefer a Squared Coffee Table Or a Round Coffee Table?

I personally do not like coffee tables, every house has one. A couple of things to remember, glass will always be harder to keep clean and wood stains without coasters

1. How do I build a cupcake shaped coffee table?

unless you have a lot of time/tools/experience in making things, no...cause you either need a lot of wood and be able to carve it, have a lot of cardboard and be able to bend/shape it or have a plastic mold and be able to melt one into shape

2. How To Build A Modern Coffee Table For Under $100

Learn how to build a modern coffee table with storage for under $100. The large drawer holds blankets, games, or whatever you like. If you love hiding things in plain sight, this DIY modern coffee table with storage is perfect for you! The large storage drawer can hold blankets, games, or whatever you need! At under $100 to build, this coffee table is a great project that wo not break the bank. It's inspired by a coffee table from West Elm, which is no longer available on their website. It's made entirely of plywood and is also a quick weekend build. Be sure to download the printable plans for this project where you will find the full materials and cut list. While I did use a table saw for some of the plywood cuts, you can certainly build this with a circular saw and some sort of guide, such as the Kreg Rip-Cut or the Kreg Accu-Cut. You will also find that a trimming tool for veneer edge banding is extremely valuable for this project. Cut the plywood Cut all of your pieces to size, per the printable plans. Apply the edge banding Heat up a clothes iron to the highest setting. Apply veneer banding to all four edges of the coffee table top, bottom, and feet. Also apply veneer banding to the front and back edges of the side panels, as well as the long edges of the legs. Trim the veneer banding with a trimming tool or razor knife. Sand all of the pieces smooth with an orbital sander and 220 grit sandpaper. Drill pocket holes Drill 3/4 pocket holes into the upper and lower edges of the legs and side panels. Attach legs Using wood glue and 1 1/4" pocket screws, attach the legs and side panels to the coffee table bottom. Attach the coffee table top Using wood glue and 1 1/4" pocket screws attach the coffee table top to the legs and side panels, carefully clamping it into place and ensuring the panels and legs are square. Drill 3/4" pocket holes into all four edges of the rear panel. Install flush with the edges of the side panels and clamp into place. Secure in place with 1 1/4" pocket screws. Attach the feet Measure and mark 1" in from the corners of the coffee table bottom. Apply wood glue to the feet and set in place so that they are 1" in from each corner edge. Nail in place with 1 1/4" brad nails. Build the drawer box To build the drawer, drill 1/2" pocket holes into the bottom and front edges of the drawer sides as well as the bottom and side edges of the drawer back. Also drill 1/2" pocket holes into the front edge of the drawer bottom, to help in attaching the drawer front in the next step. Using wood glue and 1" pocket screws, attach the drawer sides to the drawer back. Apply a bead of glue to the edges of the drawer sides and back, then line up the drawer bottom. Clamp in place and attach with 1" pocket screws. Cut the notch for the drawer front Measure and mark the notch for the drawer front, per the printable plans. Cut the notch out with a jigsaw. Attach drawer front Using wood glue and 1" pocket screws, attach the drawer front to the rest of the drawer box. Attach drawer slides Attach drawer slides so that the drawer fits flush inside the coffee table with a 1/8" gap around all sides. Fill pocket holes Use 3/8 dowels or wood filler to fill the pocket holes in the legs of the coffee table. If using dowels, cut the dowels with a flush cut hand saw, then sand smooth. Finish coffee table If needed, give the coffee table a final light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. Finish as desired with paint or stain. If using stain, it is recommended to apply at least two layers clear coat. This can be polycrylic, polyurethane, or wipe on polyurethane. What I love about this table is how clean it looks, plus the ability to put books or decor on both the top and bottom of the table. The storage drawer offers a ton of space for whatever you would like to tuck away and with the price tag coming in under $100 to build it, you can not beat the price! If you love the look of the raw edges on the plywood, you can even save a step (and a few dollars) and skip the veneer! Do not forget to download the printable plans to build this project! If you build this, I would love to see it! Feel free to email me () or tag me on social media when you share yours!

3. Tablecloths for coffee table? or suggestions for protecting the top from kids and cats.?

Honestly, you do not want a tablecloth with a toddler in the house - especially one on a coffeetable. You will be spending the entire day picking it up off the floor & putting it back and a thin piece of cloth is not goinng to afford much protection anyways. A couple of coats of a high quality oil-based polyurethane would be a better solution - most furniture nowadays is sprayed with a quick coat of lacquer which is crap as you found out. I would suggest sanding with 220 grit if it's a wood tone and not painted (you did not say which finish it has) or use a green scotchbrite pad or steel wool to just scuff it up a little without removing the finish - you just want to give it something to grab onto is all. I've never had coffeetables around just for the reason you described, let alone when the children fall & smack their faces on them- ouch!

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