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MCM Round Walnut Coffee Table


Materials needed for MCM Round Coffee Table

Miter Saw

Table Saw

18bd ft of 4/4 lumber, preferably 5” wide.

Round radius template for router

1/4” roundover bit

Round router jig (Milescraft or DIY)

Upcut spiral bit

Domino jointer, dowel jointer, or mortise and tenon

Orbital sander

Wood glue

Wood finish (I used Rubio Monocoat in Pure)

Figure 8 fasteners or Z Clips

General coffee table build instructions

Make sure you joint and plane your boards before making your cuts! You want to start off with square lumber. I recommend making the cuts as you go just in case your measurements are slightly off.

Coffee Table cut list

ROUND TOP

27” Round

ROUND SHELF

21” round

LEGS

6 - 1.5” x 3/4” x 14.75”

6 - 1.5” x 3/4” x 14”

Final dimensions:

27” W x 27” D x 15.75”H

Coffee Table Project Plans

Step 1: Cut the wood for the round top and bottom parts of the coffee table to size and glue it up with wood glue.

I suggest leaving at least 2-5” longer than you want your top to be, so you can cut to size after. Be especially careful when gluing up for a round table and make sure you leave plenty of excess.

When gluing the top make sure to use cauls on the top and bottom to ensure a flat glue up. I also recommend alternating the grain on your boards.

Step 2: Using a jig on your router (you can DIY one or use the Milescraft jig one). There are other ways to cut a circle but I have found this to be the easiest.

Insert an upcut spiral bit and take shallow passes until you cut both your circles.


Step 3: Cut and glue up the 3 legs. You can use dowel joinery, domino, pocket holes…etc.

Step 4: Using your router add 1/4” roundover to all sides of your project, including legs and round tops.

Step 5: Put on your finish. It is much easier to put the finish on before you attach everything together.

Step 6: Using Z clips or figure 8’s (I found this part easier with Z clips) take your bottom round shelf and attach it to the inside of the 3 legs.


Step 7: Attach the round top to the base using Z clips or figure 8’s. Make sure the edges of each leg are touching when you install.

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