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How to make a DIY industrial coffee table

DIY industrial coffee table

Clear shapes and lots of wood characterize this DIY industrial coffee table, which has simple, industrial style that fits in almost any living room. It is also easy to clean and robust. Here we show what you need and how you make a DIY industrial coffee table.

Materials list

  • 2 wooden planks, 300 x 20 x 3 cm
  • 1 flat iron 100 x 3 x 0.6 cm
  • 6 hanger bolts M10, 80 mm long
  • 6 cap nuts hexagon M10
  • 24 wooden dowels 8 x 40 mm
  • spray can of lacquer
  • wood glue
  • fat-dissolving cleaning agent, eg acetone
  • Circular saw or dip saw
  • metal file
  • combination wrench
  • medium size screw clamps
  • hacksaw
  • hammer
  • Pencil and ruler
  • drill
  • Metal countersink, 10 mm
  • jointer

Diagram of the coffee table

Here you can see the sketch with all dimensions. Click here to enlarge .

make a DIY industrial coffee table

DIY industrial style coffee table: instructions

Measure wood: Measure with the angle measurement on the wooden planks 6 x 40 cm and 3 x 72 cm for the sides and surface of the table (see sketch and material list)

make a DIY industrial coffee table

Saw wood parts: Cut the side and panel parts with a guide rail for the diving or circular saw.

Holes for dowels and bolts: Drill the holes for the wooden dowels and bolts with the dowel cutter.

make a DIY industrial coffee table

Generously apply glue to the connection points and into the dowel holes. Insert wooden dowels and put together the individual side and panel parts.

Press together with screw clamps for at least 30 minutes. After 8 hours, the glue is completely cured.

make a DIY industrial coffee table

Use the saw to divide the flat steel into two pieces about 50 cm long. Rub the oil film on the metal parts with acetone.

Round off all sharp corners and edges with the file.

make a DIY industrial coffee table

Clamp the flat steel into the drill stand and drill the holes with the 10.5 mm drill bit.

When drilling, remove the burrs afterwards.

make a DIY industrial coffee table

Spray flat steel with colorless varnish to avoid tarnishing and oxidation. Repeat drilling and spraying steps with the other piece of flat steel.

Mark holes for the bolts on the wood, using the flat steel pieces as a template.

make a DIY industrial coffee table

Drill the through holes on the sides with the 10.5mm drill bit.

Pre-drill the holes for the hanger bolts with a 7- or 8-bit drill and then screw in the hanger bolts on both sides of plate.

make a DIY industrial coffee table

Fasten side parts and flat steel. The threaded end should protrude about four inches. Fit the side panels and the flat steel strip and tighten again if necessary.

Turn on the cap nuts by hand and tighten well with an open-end wrench.

Gerhardt Richter is a writer and a trainer at trade technical colleges, specializing in carpentry, plumbing, mechanics and construction.