How to Make a Coffee Table Using Hardwood Flooring

Lisa Wampler

If you recently installed hardwood flooring and you have extra planks left over, build a basic coffee table out of the excess flooring. This gives you a matching coffee table to place in the room as an accent piece. Take an elaborate approach to building the table or make it rustic and basic.

Use leftover hardwood flooring for many projects.

Rustic and basic requires less time and money, and it will serve as a focal point for many conversations.

  1. Cut the hardwood flooring boards to length with a miter saw. The length depends on how long you want your coffee table to be when finished. As a rule of thumb, do not make the coffee table longer than your couch.

  2. Apply a thin bead of wood glue into the groove side of each board and then slide the groove of the next board into the tongue. The amount of boards you connect together depends on how wide you want your coffee table. Each board is likely 2 inches wide. Seven boards will make a nice 14 inch wide coffee table.

  3. Cut three pieces of hardwood 1 inch shorter than the width of your tabletop.

  4. Flip the tabletop upside down and evenly space the three boards across the bottom of the tabletop. Drive 1 1/2 inch wood screws through the three boards. Secure a screw through the three boards and into each board of the coffee tabletop. This secures the top together.

  5. Cut 16 pieces of hardwood to create the legs for the coffee table. Cut the lengths to match the height you want the coffee table. If you want your table to rest 2 feet above the floor, subtract the tabletop thickness and then cut the legs to match the resulting number.

  6. Glue four pieces of the hardwood together, face to face. Do this with all 16 pieces of hardwood to create four legs.

  7. Place the first leg in one corner of the table and then drive four evenly spaced screws in the shape of a square through the top of the table and into the leg. Repeat this with all four legs. Countersink the screws slightly into the top of the table. Ensure one screw enters the top of each hardwood piece used to form the leg.

  8. Sand all of the rough edges of the hardwood with 600-grit sandpaper. Paint or stain as desired.