These Sofa Table Plans
include a Shelf
at the Bottom
Page 1 of 2





DIFFICULTY RATING:  Advanced Beginner

This wooden sofa table plans are made with standard size lumber including 2x2s for legs.

The order of assembly of the table base is important. The shelf section is flush to both the legs and the shelf supports, so has to be as exact as possible.  It is because these edges are flush that we have rated this plan for the "Advanced Beginner."  To make this table look great, you need to know how to make accurate cuts and how to exactly align the joints.

The aprons are offset from the edge of the legs, so - if you need to do a bit of adjusting - it is better to do it with the aprons. It will be less noticeable.

Also, because these free wood project plans call for different thicknesses of wood, you will need to adjust your Kreg pocket hole jig a couple of times.



This page takes you through collecting the materials to make your sofa table plans through cutting the pieces and drilling the holes.

Page 2 shows you how to
assemble this wood sofa table
using your pocket hole jig.

The link for the free download
of the woodworking PDF

for these Kreg table plans
is at the bottom of the page.



WOODWORKING TOOLS NEEDED:

These free sofa table plans require only a minimal amount of tools.

The woodworking hand tools used are:

  • woodworking clamps*;
  • pencil;
  • tape measure;
  • square; and
  • Kreg pocket jig.

A hand plane would help smooth the table top faster than just sanding. If you don't have a plane, the sanding will just take longer.





The woodworking power tools used to make these pocket hole jig plans for a sofa table are: 

circular saw or table saw, and a drill.  Building these sofa table plans with just a jig saw would be difficult as you have a lot of long rip cuts for the table top and shelf.

A power sander would be helpful, but not essential.



*If you only have enough resources to buy one woodworking clamp, make it the Kreg Premium Face Clamp. It will make construction of many of your Kreg projects much easier! 



MATERIALS NEEDED:

For woodworking beginners we recommend that you use pine with these free sofa table plans. It is much easier to work with than the hardwoods. 

To build a sofa table with pine, you will need the following wood:

  • (5) 1x6 by 4';
  • (2) 1x4 by 4';
  • (1) 1x3 by 3';
  • (2) 2x2 by 6' and
  • (4) 2x2 by 4'.


For a pine table, you will also need 
(65) Kreg 1-1/4-Inch 8-Coarse Washer-Head Pocket Screws


To connect the shelf supports to the legs you will also need
(12) Kreg 2-1/2" #8 Coarse Washer-Head Pocket Screws, 50 Count.

To connect the shelf to the shelf supports you will need regular wood screws.  These could be 1 3/4" or 2" long.





POCKET HOLE JOINERY USED:

The table top construction is done with pocket hole edge joinery. All other joints are right angle joinery.



PROJECT COSTS:

The total project cost for these sofa table plans is approximately $60-70. This does not include the cost of finishing the table.





CONSTRUCTION OF THE TABLE TOP

Start building these free wood project plans by cutting out and drilling the pieces for the table top.



The center board for these Kreg table plans is cut from a 1x6.  This piece will be 45 3/4” long and 5 1/2” wide.

Set your Kreg pocket hole jig to 3/4", both for the drill guide and for the drill bit.  If you are unsure how to do this, review the step-by-step instructions.

Drill 2 pocket holes at each end where the center board will be attached to the table top ends





Cut 2 top side pieces from 1x4s. Each will be 45 3/4” long and 3 1/2” wide.

Drill 2 pocket holes at each end where the side boards will be attached to the table top ends.

Drill 7 pocket holes on the inside edge, where each side board will be attached to the center board.





Cut 2 table top ends from 1x3s. Each piece will be 12 1/2” long by 2 1/4” wide.

There are no pocket holes in the table top ends for these sofa table plans.





The next step is to drive the pocket hole screws to join the table top pieces. Lay the center board on a flat surface, and clamp in place. Align a side board against the long edge, and drive the pocket hole screws. Repeat for the other side.

You may want to plane or sand the table top smooth before adding the ends. Then, lay the table end on a flat surface, and clamp in place. Align the main part of the top with one table top end and drive the pocket hole screws.

Repeat for the other end.





CONSTRUCTION OF THE TABLE SHELF

The next step shows how to build a shelf for these free sofa table plans.




From a 1x6 cut 2 shelf pieces. Each piece will be 43” long and 5” wide.

Cut a 1 1/2” by 1 1/2” notch from the outside corners to fit around the table legs.

Drill 7 pocket holes on one shelf board. Lay the other shelf board on a flat surface and clamp in place. Align the piece with pocket holes, and drive the pocket hole screws to create the joint.





CONSTRUCTION OF THE TABLE BASE

We recommend making the aprons before the rest of the table base.  The aprons are 3/4" thick, so you will use the same settings for the Kreg pocket hole jig as you did for the table top and shelf in the sections above.



Cut 2 long aprons from 1x6s. Each apron will be 40” long and 4” wide.

Drill 2 pocket holes on each end where the apron will be attached to the leg.

Drill 4 pocket holes on the top where the apron will be attached to the table top.

DO NOT put a pocket hole right at the center as shown in the photo! This will conflict with the pocket hole screw you put at the center in the table top.





Cut 2 short aprons from 1x6s. Each will be 7” long and 4” wide.

Drill 2 pocket holes on each end where the apron will be attached to the leg.

Drill 2 pocket holes on the top where the apron will be attached to the table top.





Cut your 4 table legs from 1x2s. Each will be 29 3/8” long and 1 1/2" square.

There are no pocket holes in the legs.





Next cut your 2 long shelf supports from 2x2s. Each will be 40” long.

You will need to change the settings on your Kreg pocket hole jig to 1 1/2".  This change will apply to both the drill guide and the drill bit.  Again, if you are not confident about this change, check out the step-by-step directions on our "Kreg Pocket Hole Jig" page.

Once your Kreg jig is set at 1 1/2", drill a pocket hole at each end where the support will be attached to the table leg.

Eventually you will be using wood screws to attach the shelf. You can drill the holes for those screws now.





The next step in these free wood project plans is to cut the 4 short shelf supports from 2x2s. Each will be 7” long.

Drill a pocket hole at each end. Two of the shelf supports will attach to the legs, and two will attach to the long shelf supports.

Drill 2 holes for wood screws to attach the shelf. One of the wood screws will go into each board of your shelf.

DO NOT put a wood screw in the center! That is where the joint for your shelf pieces is located, and could cause your shelf to split!





All of the pieces for these sofa table plans are now cut and drilled.

Page 2 of these sofa table plans
will take you through the assembly process.



Click here for the free download
of the woodworking PDF
for these Kreg table plans.

More free Kreg table plans are available for the pocket hole jig.

Leave "Sofa Table Plans" to check out the
free wood project plans for Shaker furniture.

Learn how to build a bookshelf using your Kreg pocket hole jig.











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