This post is very well-overdue being that T built this coffee table months ago, but what are you going to do.
Here it is, in all it's glory, our coffee table. I feel a bit like it's our little baby that was just an idea that I thought up and T put into production. He was really the star of this project, I really didn't do anything except think it up and purchase the materials, but I wanted to share it nonetheless. I think it's just perfect. Here we go...
We purchased three sheets of pine furniture wood. Two that were the right size for the top and bottom, and one that were half the size that we cut for the center pieces. After sanding, T did two coats of stain (we used a Minwax oil-based stain and finished it with two coats of satin Minwax polyurethane).
Then he put it together. Placing the top piece upside down, he clapped the center pieces on a used a pocket jig to create the holes for the screws, then drilled in the screws. He then did the same thing, attached the bottom piece to the centers and again using the pocket jig and screwing it together. I hope that makes sense...
I purchased the legs online at Home Depot and we stained them to match, then attached with brackets.
I had wanted something very mid-century modern and couldn't find anything in our price range. Because I wanted it to be so basic, it was fairly easy after we found the right wood and decided on the stain. We also wanted something that was fairly narrow because of our space, but because it's narrow, it would also look great as something under TV as well as a coffee table.
I'm so happy with it, and happy that we will have something that T built and we can cherish for years to come. Still in love with it even though we've had it for a few months now. :)