Low Coffee Table
McCobb table legs, 16", in Soft Maple, $18; angled-leg cleats, 12", in Soft Maple, $15, tablelegs.com. Vintage décor paint, in Beetle Black, $10 for 8 oz. (available late August); and Vintage décor clear wax, $10 for 8 oz., Martha Stewart Crafts, michaels.com
- Wood putty and putty knife
- Birch plywood, 15 by 48 inches
- Sanding blocks, 180 and 220 grit
- Décor paint and paintbrush
- 2 cleats with screws
- 4 16-inch table legs
- Dust-free cloths
- Wax furniture finish
- Drill with 1/8-inch bit
Using putty knife, fill in any gaps in edges of plywood with wood putty. Let dry. Sand flush with 180-grit sanding block, then soften all hard edges of plywood. Gently sand top with 220-grit sanding block.
Dilute paint by combining 2 parts water and 1 part paint. Brush onto plywood tabletop (all sides), cleats, and table legs. Partially screw legs into cleats to hold them upright; let dry. Add a second coat of paint, if desired; let dry.
Remove dry legs from cleats. With a dust-free cloth, apply wax to all surfaces; rub in (it’s okay if it looks streaky and slightly inconsistent). Let sit overnight. Buff with another cloth.
Place tabletop top-side down on a clean work surface. Center leg cleats widthwise 6 inches in from both ends, and mark holes with a pencil. Drill pilot holes. Reposition brackets and screw them in. Screw in legs.