Tutorial: a Scandinavian style wooden coffee table

Tutorial: a Scandinavian style wooden coffee table

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With its clean lines and its refined use of natural materials, the Scandinavian design fully deserves its reputation, so that vintage pieces are snapped up in flea markets. So why not make your own Scandinavian furniture yourself? Today we will learn how to create a small Scandinavian-inspired wooden table.


- a wooden board about 160 cm long, 50 cm wide and 2 cm thick - a drill with an 8 mm wood forest - wooden dowels 8 mm in diameter - a jigsaw - a hammer - a mass - a square - a tape measure - abrasive paper - wood oil - a brush - wood glue - a screwdriver - wood screws - a pencil Budget: about 25 € Duration: 4 hours


1. To start, cut out the two round trays. To do this, draw a circle 50 cm in diameter on the wooden board. Our tip: use a string or a small piece of wood that you nail in the center of a 50 cm square by positioning the end of the piece 25 cm. Turn the wooden piece by positioning a pencil at its end to trace the circle. Cut out the circle using a jigsaw. Repeat for the second tray using the first to draw the circle.
2. Then trace the feet as well as the cross which will be positioned between the two trays referring to the dimensions indicated on the photo.
3. Saw and then sand all of the wooden pieces. Apply a coat of wood oil, respecting the directions.
4. Take the two rectangular pieces. In the middle of one of them, transfer the width of 2 cm of the wood. Saw the 7 x 2 cm piece.
5. On the bottom tray, position the two rectangular pieces by making a cross. Sand lightly if necessary, the edges must be perfectly aligned before joining the pieces.
6. The two parts of the cross will be fixed with four wooden pins each. Place the marks on the lengths and transfer them to the tray. Drill the holes with a wood forest. Our tip: there are very practical assembly kits for precise location and drilling. They contain an element that attaches to the forest at the desired height. Otherwise, you can use a piece of tape as a mark that you hang on the wick.
7. Put a point of wood glue on each end of the pins, then assemble the pieces. Use the mass to assemble the pieces well.
8. Position the second plate, then screw at the cross. The side you see is the one that will be under the table.
9. Mark the locations of the feet 7 cm from the edge. Each leg is assembled with two pins. Place the marks and drill the holes for the pins.
10. Assemble the feet with a point of wood glue on each end of the pins. The feet must be very well fixed so as not to move. If necessary, add small steel brackets.


Your Scandinavian style coffee table is now complete. Optionally add a new layer of oil if the final result does not suit you. You can also paint the upper shelf white or in pastel colors for a soft and delicate decoration.

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