Stacy Coffee Table

I’m pretty excited about starting plans for this collection – I’ve been planning it for quite some time.  (No pun intended :-) .)

A few weeks ago, I posted the Pratt Nesting Tables onto my personal facebook, because I absolutely loved them and wanted to build them.  But, I have no place to put them in my house.  (I always seem to have this problem!)  So, I sounded the alarm and my friend and fellow blogger Stacy said that she would love a set.  Hooray!  So, the plans began, and, of course, I have to name this collection after my dear friend, Stacy who is so kindly allowing me to build them for her.  (I will be posting plans for the nesting tables very soon.)

In the meantime, I wanted you guys to be able to build the entire set if you wanted to, so I have also posted plans for the corresponding coffee table.  (Pottery Barn’s version is called the Pratt Coffee Table.)  These might be my simplest plans yet – only 4 steps, minimal cuts, very few tools, and only 4 boards and a 1/4 piece of plywood are needed to build this awesome coffee table.  (If you have the plywood as a scrap sitting around, this table would cost you less than $10 to build!)

Estimated Cost: $10-50, depending on your plywood.


See final dimensions above.

Shopping List:


1 – 1×2 @ 4 feet long
1 – 2×2 @ 6 feet long
2 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
1/4 Sheet of 3/4″ Plywood

Hardware and Supplies:

2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
2″ Finishing Nails
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Medium Grit Sandpaper
Primer or Wood Conditioner
Paint or Stain


Kreg Jig
Circular Saw, Jigsaw or Table Saw (For cutting plywood.)
Miter Saw (Very important for accurate corners.)
Measuring Tape
Carpenter’s Square
Safety Glasses

Cut List:

8 – 1×2 @ 7 1/2″ – Side Accents (Miter the corners at a 45 degree angle.  The 7 1/2″ is the distance from each of the longest corners.)
4 – 2×2 @ 15 1/4″ – Legs
2 – 2×4 @ 44″ – Apron (long)
2 – 2×4 @ 20″ – Apron (short)
1 – 3/4″ Ply @ 48″ x 24″ – Table Top

General Instructions:

Make sure to re-measure and check for square after every step.  Sometimes when building your measurements can be off very slightly, and it’s important that your numbers are exact.  (Especially when working with doors and drawers!)  Measure your available space before building this plan to make sure that it will fit.  Please read through the entire plan before getting started.

Step 1:

Attach the long apron to two of your table legs with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws using your Kreg Jig set at 1 1/2″ stock.  You could also countersink 2″ screws from the outside if you don’t have a Kreg Jig, but, as always, the Jig gives you the strongest hold.  Make sure the top of your legs are flush with the top of your 2×4.  It would also be a good idea to pre-drill your Kreg holes into the inside of your aprons to prepare for adding your table top in the last step.  Repeat this step to get the other side of your table.

Step 2:

Attach the short aprons to each side of your bases using your Kreg Jig.  (Just like in step 1, you could countersink 2″ screws from your 2×2 into your 2×4 if you have to.)

Step 3:

Attach your side accents underneath the base to your legs and aprons using 2″ finishing nails and wood glue.

Step 4:

Flip over your table base and lay it on top of your plywood table top, leaving a 1/2″ overhang on each side of your plywood.  While it’s flipped over, attach it to your base with Kreg screws from the pre-drilled holes you made in your aprons in earlier steps.


Finish your project as desired!  For tips on finishing, check out the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Finishing.



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2 Responses to Stacy Coffee Table

  1. You’re… amazing. That’s all I can say. :) I’m so honored that you are naming this collection after me! I don’t know what I did right, but I hope I can keep doing it!

    You literally cannot post enough, Shane. I am waiting on baited breath to see the plans for those nesting tables!! x

    • You’re amazing! That’s why you get a collection – because you’re generally just awesome. And because you wanted some really fun nesting tables, haha.

      I’ll probably post your tables next week. I have a very serious building date this weekend. Your lumber is sitting in my garage right now :-) .

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