$50 DIY Square Coffee Table with Hairpin Legs

As most woodworkers do, I love building furniture but sadly, I don’t need any furniture in my house at the moment. I don’t have the time to build something I’d actually want to replace a current piece with. So, I build something and then try to sell it. I saw this coffee table on @shanty2chic on Instagram and thought it would sell fairly easy, considering I do this for fun and don’t need to make profit. So, I built it.


You can find the plans over on their website here but I did a couple things differently.

First, I used 1x6s instead of 2x6s and made the table 3 feet x 3 feet. This way, I didn’t need to trim the rounded edges off the 2x6s. I also used different corner brackets which were $1 each rather than $7.


3 - 1x6x8’ (2 if you follow the Shanty 2 Chic plans)

2 - 2x4x8’

Briarsmoke Stain

Golden Oak Stain

Corner Brackets

Expensive Corner Brackets

Hairpin Legs

1-1/4 inch pocket screws (if you use 1x6) Buy a box of 250, you get 5x as many for 2x as much as a box of 50.

2-1/12 inch pocket screws (if you use 2x6)

Wood Glue


Kreg Jig R3 Pocket Hole System

w/face clamp

or Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System


Miter Saw

Table Saw (optional for removing edges)

*If you’re following the Shanty 2 Chic plans you only need 2 -2x6. If you build a 3x3ft table you’ll need three, unless you can buy a 1x6x10’ or a 1x6x12’. I built this table to sell it so a 2x12 is more advantageous since it takes 1.5 boards to make a single table. It ends up saving me $5 per table if I buy a 12 foot board and cut it down in the parking lot.

After cutting down your boards, it’s as simply as drilling pocket holes, gluing and screwing all the boards together, attaching the sides and finally attaching the legs.