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Crate Coffee Table CompleteThis crate coffee table is rustic and just looks fun when it’s all together.  It’s great for storage and makes an excellent addition to your living room or game room.

I made some crates awhile back with the intention to make a crate coffee table.  This table was simple and easy to put together.  Whether you make your own crates or simply buy some; you can easily put them together and make a unique coffee table.

This table is made entirely our of pine so the cost was very low.  The crates are held together using 1-3/4″ screws.  The bottom is a piece of plywood that was cut to be a little short on each side.  There are caster wheels attached to the bottom which makes it easy to move around.  Check out this post to see how easy it is to make your own table, and if you make one of these be sure to post it over on the Woodlogger Facebook Page.  I’d love to see how yours turns out.

Cut List

  • (1) 29-1/2″ x 29-1/2″ plywood bottom.  I cut mine to be about 1/8 inch short on each side

Milling & Assembly

Crate Coffee Table AssemblyTo get started on the crate table you’ll need four crates that are the same size.  Ideally you’ll want the slats to be relatively close.  This will make it easier to sit things on top of it.  Crates can be expensive to purchase, but with a little effort you can easily make your own crates.
Crate Coffee Table AssemblyAfter the crates are lined up secure them from the inside with screws.  I used 1-1/4″ screws to secure mine.
Crate Coffee Table Assembly BottomCrate Coffee Table Assembly BottomFor the bottom of the table you’ll need to cut a single piece of plywood to fit the dimensions of the table.  I cut mine about an 1/8″ short on each side.  Secure the bottom with screws.  I used 1-1/4″ screws for mine.
Crate Coffee Table Assembly CenterThe center of the table will be open after it’s assembled.  I had a few extra slats left over when I built my crates.  I chose to use these slats for the middle, and recess them just below the top.  Here again is a great opportunity to get creative.  To secure the slats in place I applied glue along the edges. 
Crate Coffee Table CenterCrate Coffee Table Assembly CenterAfter inserting all the slats I used the weight of a paint can to hold them in place until it was dry.
Crate Coffee Table Assembly BottomCrate Coffee Table AssemblyAfter the bottom is secure to all the crates the next thing to consider is if you want any legs with the table.  There are several options available.  You may want to use legs, casters, wheels, or simply sit the table on the floor.  All these options should work great with the table.

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  1. Looks great! Just curious, why did you cut the plywood to be 1/8 inch short? Also, how thick would you recommend the plywood to be? I bought my crates, and the boards are a little thinner than the ones you used to make your crates. Thanks.

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