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How to Build an Industrial Coffee Table

John Malecki

How to Build an Industrial Coffee Table

Video Tutorial and Written Steps for Building an Industrial Coffee Table

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Jan 21, 2016

A while back I had a friend of mine on the hunt for a metal coffee table for his living room. I had just started welding and wanted to try out my skills, so I offered to make this custom industrial coffee table. I made this guy using some basic wood and square metal tubing and am super excited about how it turned out.

Check out the full build in the video below or find a step-by-step guide to making your own on this page. Let me know what you guys think!

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Building an Industrial Coffee Table: Project Overview

Six Steps For Making Your Own Industrial Coffee Table

  1. Cut Down Lumber
  2. Cut Joinery
  3. Glue-Up the Top
  4. Cut Metal Frame and Legs
  5. Tack and Weld Metal Frame
  6. Stain & Finish

What You’ll Need for an Industrial Coffee Table

Materials

  • Metal Tubing
  • Wood Boards
  • Wood Stain
  • Self-Etching Metal Primer
  • Wood Stain

Tools

How to Make an Industrial Coffee Table: The Step-by-Step Guide

Cut Down Lumber

Begin by cutting down your lumber to size using a miter saw. Measure these with a little bit of a buffer so you can trim away any indentation made during clamping.

Cut Joinery

Once your lumber is cut to size, cut the joinery between your pieces. 

Glue-Up the Top

Paint on wood glue and join together your pieces. Clamp your pieces together and check if it’s level, adding in an additional crossboard to ensure it stays level during the drying process.

Cut Metal Frame and Legs

While the top is drying, begin to cut down your metal with a miter saw. When creating the frame for your tabletop, cut out squares for a perfect flat fit. 

Tack and Weld Metal Frame

Once your metal is all cut to size, tack together your pieces and double-check for a perfect 90-degree angle before finishing your weld lines. Clean up your weld lines with an angle grinder for a smooth, flat finish.

Stain & Finish

Before final build-up, take the time to sand your wood to 120 grit (optional) and stain with a wood stain of your choice. Additionally, spray your metal with a self-etching primer and a black metal spray paint for the perfect finish.


And there you have it -- one simple industrial coffee table! Let me know what yinz think in the comments. If you liked this build, check out some of my other recent projects:

Download the Plan

Want to try this build out for yourself? Download the digital plan now for step-by-step instructions, measurements, and a detailed look at how to punch this project in the face.

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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!