Mediterranean Coffee Table

Mediterranean Coffee Table

Learn how to make a coffee table using decorative metal sheets and hardwood ply.


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Difficulty: Medium

Materials
24” x 48” x 3/4” Hardwood ply with a veneer finish
Perforated L-angles cut in the following quantities/lengths:
- (4) 12”
- (4) 24”
- (4) 48”
- (6) 12” x 24” Decorative metal sheets
Large box 1/4” diameter x 3/4” bolts and nuts
Small box 1/4” locking washers
(10) 3/4” wood screws
Drill with a Phillips head bit
7/16” Wrench
8” Jig
Spray gloss protective enamel with primer – color of choice
Facemask
Acetone and dry rag (optional)

Instructions

Note: Before starting this project, remove any residual oils from the L-angles using acetone and a dry rag. If the L-angles come with finish, they will not need to be cleaned before starting the project.

PREPARING THE METAL SHEETS:

  1. Put on a facemask. In a well-ventilated area, spray one side of all 6 metal sheets in the color of your choice. These will be faced towards the inside of the coffee table in later steps. Set metal sheets to one side to dry for 1-2 hours before using in later steps (See image below)

BUILDING THE L-ANGLE FRAME:

  1. Place (2) 48” and (2) 24” L-angles in a rectangle on the work surface. Where the pieces meet at the corners, place the shorter sides over the longer sides. Thread a locking washer over a 3/4” bolt and pass it through the L-bracket holes to hold a corner together. Secure in place using a 7/16 wrench and a nut. Repeat for all four corners. Use an 8” jig to check that all angles are 90° and you have a perfectly aligned rectangle (See images below)

Expert Tip: To tighten the nuts onto the bolts, hold the nut steady with the wrench and tighten the bolt from the underside using a drill with a Phillips head bit.

  1. 12” L-angles will be placed vertically in each corner of the rectangle from Step 2 and held in place with 2 bolts per 12” L-angle. Hold a 12” L-angle up to the outside corner edge of the rectangle. Thread a locking washer over a 3/4” bolt and pass it through the 12” L-angle holes and into the rectangle frame. Secure in place using a 7/16 wrench and a nut. Repeat for all four corners (See images below)

Expert Tip: Don’t tighten the bolts too securely when adding the 12” L-angles. These bolts will need to be undone in later steps when the decorative metal sides are added.

  1. To complete the frame, (2) 48” and (2) 24” L-angles will be attached in a rectangle to the top of the 12” L-angles. Overlap a 48” and 24” L-angle at 90° with the 24” side on top. Hold the piece up to the inside of a 12” L-angle. Thread a locking washer over a 3/4” bolt and pass it through the 12” L-angle holes and into the corner of the 48” L-angle. Secure in place using a 7/16 wrench and a nut. Add a second bolt to secure the 24” L-angle, Repeat for all four corners (See images below)
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Expert Tip: Don’t tighten the bolts too securely when adding the 24” and 48” L-angles to the 12” L-angles. These bolts will need to be undone in later steps when the decorative metal sides are added.

ADDING THE DECORATIVE METAL SIDE PANELS:

Note: If the pattern on the metal panels has a staggered design, the holes may not line up well with the holes in the L-angle frame. This will make it difficult to attach the panel to the frame with the bolts. If this happens, you may need to drill a pilot hole through the frame to create a hole for the bolt to pass through. The green circle below shows the design at the corner of the panel. This will be good for receiving the bolt. The red circle shows where the design doesn’t reach the end of the panel and where a pilot hole may need to be drilled. Refer to this note when completing Steps 5 to 7 if you have any problems.

  1. 2 metal panels will be added on each 48” side and 1 will be added on each 24” side. Hold a metal panel up to the 48” side and flush with a 12” side. Place it with the painted side facing inwards. Undo the nut and bolt at the top of the frame that the metal panel is covering. Replace the bolt and nut but passing through the metal panel first. Secure the bolt and nut using a 7/16 wrench (See image below)

  1. Add a second nut and bolt with a locking washer to the opposite end of the metal panel. Add a second panel next to the first one, also with 2 bolts and nuts along the top. Additional nuts and bolts will be added along the bottom of the panels in later steps (See images below)

  1. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for adding panels on the remaining three sides. Once all the panels are added, go back around and attach the bottoms of each panel with nuts and bolts that correspond to the placement of the nuts and bolts on the top (See images below)

  1. Put on a facemask. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint all sides of the frame and decorative panels. Allow to dry for 2-4 hours or until dry to the touch before moving on to the next step (See image below)

ADDING THE TABLE TOP:

  1. Place the 24” x 48” hardwood ply face down on the work surface. Center the frame on top of the hardwood ply. Make sure the side of the frame that is resting on the ply doesn’t have any bolts in it 
  1. (10) 3/4” wood screws will hold the frame to the table top; 3 along each 48” side and 2 along the 24” sides. Thread a locking washer over each 3/4” wood screw. Using a drill with a Phillips head bit, secure the frame to the table with the 3/4” wood screws 

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