How to Build a Round Wood Coffee Table

What You'll Need
4 boards (straight)
4 bar clamps
2 inch by 2 inch wood/central pedestal
Some wood glue
Drill and bits
Rubber mallet
Band saw
Face mask
Pair of safety glasses
Putty knife
Some string with tack and pencil attached
Wood putty
Varnish or paint

A round wood coffee table always adds that little extra to your room. Although coffee tables are small pieces of furniture, they don’t come very cheap. So if you wish to own one and at the same time want a challenge, try building one yourself. Obviously the more confident you are in this craft the more complex the design you can choose, but if you are a beginner you can start by using a simple design. 

Step 1: Measurements

The most time-consuming part in building a wooden round coffee table is the construction of the round wooden top. When deciding on size the important thing is to make sure that all of the pieces of the round wooden coffee table are proportional. The top should be as large or small as fits the room and the legs should be a height that fits the top.

Step 2: Building the Table Top

Attach the 4 boards together as to create one whole surface and then glue them together. Clamp them tightly together until the glue has dried properly. If the boards pop up while clamping, use your rubber mallet to re-insert them in place. Clean off any excess glue with your putty knife.

Step 3: Marking the Table Top

First of all you have to find the center of the wood boards, which is now one big wooden board. This can be easily achieved by drawing a line diagonally from one corner to another, which will result in an X intersecting in the center of the wood surface. Now insert a sturdy pin in this center and attach a string to it, remember the larger the string, the bigger the coffee table top. Once you’re done, attach a pencil to the other end of the string and with a circular motion, draw its circumference.

Step 4: Cutting the Table Top

Using the band saw, cut the round coffee table top where marked. Once cut you can make use of the router to create a nice finish as well as the sand belt to achieve a smooth top. Check for cracks in the wood and fix them with some wood putty. If you have made use of wood putty, it is necessary to re-sand that part when dry.

Step 5: Table Legs

When it comes to designing the table's legs, you can either opt to use 4 legs or adapt a central pedestal. Many consider a pedestal most appropriate for a round coffee table and you can easily purchase an appropriate pedestal base which matches your table top. Another option is to create 4 identical wooden legs and cut them to the same height using the saw. Once done, use the sand belt to create a smooth finish.

Step 6: Attach the Legs or Pedestal

The same procedure applies to both, with some minor changes. Drill some holes to attach each of the 4 legs or pedestal to the table top and fix them tightly using bolts.

Step 7: Varnish and Paint

The last step is to check for any defects and if none are found than all you have to do is to stain your table. The type of stain is entirely your choice; just make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.