Build a Rustic Coffee Table Pt 2: Assembly and Finishing Build a Rustic Coffee Table Pt 2: Assembly and Finishing

What You'll Need
Cut logs (for the legs)
Cut slats (for the top)
Wood screws
Drill
Screwdriver
Nails
Wood glue
Water
Level
Circular or miter saw
Large clamp

In Part 1 of the article on how to build a rustic coffee table we focused on gathering the materials needed for the table and making the cuts for the tops and the legs. In this part we will take a look at assembling the cut wood pieces and provided finishes for your rustic coffee table. The assembly and finishing of the rustic coffee table will be discussed in general in this article and specifics for assembling and finishing the legs for the rustic coffee table will be found in Part 3.

Step 1 - Assemble the Rustic Coffee Table

Take the pieces that were assembled for the rustic coffee table and dry fit them to see how they look pre-assembled. Take the slats and join them together. Stack in each corner a log that will serve as a leg for the rustic coffee table. The bevel edges should face downward. Make sure that the tops of the legs rest completely on the slats and are level. Place the level across the legs and check the level measurements throughout the rustic coffee table assembly. Make any adjustments or recuts if necessary using a circular or miter saw.

Step 2 - Assemble the Top

Remove the legs and place them to the side. Take the slats for the rustic coffee table and join them using a large clamp for working with wood. Take the 2 smaller slats and set them across the width of the top, approximately 3 to 6 inches from the edges. Use wood glue to secure the slats to the rustic coffee table top and nail in place. Keep the clamps in place and wipe away any excess glue. 

Step 3 - Attach the Legs

Using your design, place the legs to the inside of the slats used to join the top together. Mark the legs and remove them temporarily. Take a drill and place a hole in the center of the mark that you made for the legs. Drill another hole into the legs as well. After doing this for all 4 legs screw the legs in place from the top of the rustic coffee table. Make sure that the legs remain flush and level to the top of the rustic coffee table. 

Step 4 - Join the Legs

Take a piece of branch and cut 2 pieces to match the length of the table and 2 pieces to match the width of the rustic coffee table. Attach the pieces to the legs approximately 3/4 of the way down on the leg with nails. Measure the distance from the attached piece of tree branch to the upper part of the opposing leg. Attach 2 pieces of branches diagonally in order to provide additional support for your rustic coffee table.

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