Industrial Coffee Table

Coffee Table Faux Metal Look

Hey Guys, One of my friends has been updating their living room with new furniture and asked if I would put together some pieces for her. I started with their coffee table. It needed to suit their style which is a more Rustic Industrial look. It also needed to be very durable since she had just gotten a puppy who is going to get big pretty quickly. We went through many options and when I showed her this design, she absolutely loved it. This Industrial Coffee table has legs that are painted to look like Metal, but the whole thing is made out of wood!  This table is a very simple and easy design so it's a great option for a beginner DIY. On top of that the price point is fantastic.

Make sure you read through the instructions and look over the plans fully before you start your project. Check out the “Before You Start” page for more on tool information, tips & tricks. Always stay safe and wear all safety protection. It is always best to make your cuts as you go and as they say, measure twice and cut once.

If you have any questions just ask away!



Shopping List

5 - 2" x 6" x 8'

4 - 2" x 2" x 8'

2 1/2" Pocket Screws

2"  Wood Screws



Spray Paint

Stainable Wood Filler

Cut List

4 - 2" x 2" @ 45" - LONG SIDE

4 -2" x 2" @ 24 1/2" - SHORT SIDE

10 - 2" x 6" @ 48" - TOP & BOTTOM SHELF

4 - 2" x 2" @ 16.5" - LEGS

Tools Needed


Circular Saw




Kreg Jig




Measuring Tape


Paint Brush





Shop Towels


Safety Glasses


Ear Protection


Dust Mask



The Step-by-Step

The Top & Bottom Shelf Assembly

Build each by Drilling 1 1/2" Pocket Holes along the long end of the boards.

Use 2 1/2" Pocket screws & Wood glue to attach the boards together. 

For the bottom shelf, cut out a 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" Square out of each corner. This will be where it its into the Frame.


The Frame

To assemble the frame you first need to drill 1 1/2" Pocket hole in each end of the 2" x 2" @ 44" - LONG SIDE & 2" x 2" @24 1/2" SHORT SIDE boards.

Attach the Short Side pieces  to the leg Pieces using 2 1/2" Pocket Screws & Wood Glue. 

Now attach the 2 Long Side bottom pieces using 2 1/2" Pocket Screws & Wood Glue

Place the bottom shelf into place, but do not fasten. We will fasten the bottom shelf later on. 

Now that the bottom shelf is in place, we can attach the 2 Top Long Side Pieces using 2 1/2" Pocket Screws & Wood Glue.


Now, Before we can attach the bottom Shelf, and the top into place, we need to finish the frame. 

First, wood fill and sand any holes that are visible, then give the frame a good sand. 

Once the Frame is ready, its time to prime & paint in the colour you have chosen. I used the Rustoleum Metallic Dark Steel. It took one coat of the primer and 2 coats of paint.

Once the paint is dry you can attach the bottom shelf  &  the Top to the frame using 2 1/2" Wood screws. Attach through the Frame.

Tip: attach the bottom shelf first by flipping the table on its side. Attach the top at the end so that it does not get damaged being against the floor.


The Final Finish

Just as you did for the frame, use wood filler on the table top and bottom shelf.

Once it has dried, give it a really good sand. 

Mask off the Painted frame and stain the top and bottom shelf. 

Once the stain has dried apply 2 coats of Polyurethane.



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