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Internet Tools: How to Build a Coffee Table0

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Ever since I laid eyes on the coffee table made by my very adept brother-in-law, I’ve wanted to make my own.  And while I’m a decent artist, I suck at woodwork (unless it comes in a kit – then I’m pretty good - but then again, who isn’t?).

So, maybe since I’m off work this week, maybe I’ll pull out a few hand tools, look up a few Internet tools, and go for it. 

1.  BuildEazy:  This highly detailed set of instructions includes a chart with each part of the table and the materials needed to build it, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions with pictures.  The only thing missing is the guy (or gal) to come over and build the coffee table for you.

2.  Our House:  Another site containing detailed instructions and diagrams.  A lack of photographs puts it just a tad shy of  BuildEazy—but you could do a lot worse (like if I ever make a site illustrating how to build a coffee table…).

3. Things To Build:  This multi-page instruction manual is concise and includes many illustrations and photos.  It also includes a parts list.

There ya go!  If  you have these pages, some skill, and a little luck, you’ll have a lovely table with four legs that won’t wobble. 

Me?  Mine will have  31 legs and look like this.

Have you ever built a coffee table?  If you have any tips, we’d love to hear them in the comments. 

by John Barker

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