Meranti Sofa Console Table
This sofa console table is the perfect piece for an open plan living area. Use the console table to divide up a room, or place it behind a sofa and against the wall to add a shelf at the back.
The sofa console table was designed by her toolbelt and is featured on www.BuildSomething.com,, so of course you'll need a Kreg Pockethole Jig to make the table. The narrow design allows the console table to be used as a divider between an open plan lounge and dining room without taking up too much floor space.
To make a heirloom piece we recommend that you use Meranti or hardwood to make the sofa console table, but if you want something a bit more affordable, find PAR pine at your local Builders Warehouse.
Buy everything you need for this project at Builders Warehouse. You can have it cut to size, or cut to fit at home using a mitre saw or table saw.
YOU WILL NEED:
2 of 69 x 69 x 660mm - legs
2 of 69 x 69 x 360mm - feet
1 of 69 x 69 x 1360mm - table rail
2 of 19 x 69 x 1575mm - table front/back apron
2 of 19 x 69 x 196mm - table side apron
1 of 19 x 600 x 1800mm laminated pine shelving, cut to:
- 1 of 19 x 286 x 1626mm laminated pine shelving - table top
- Cut curved arches to fit
32mm & 64mm coarse-thread pockethole screws
Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
Bandsaw or jigsaw
Tape measure and pencil
After cutting sand all the pieces smooth before assembly with 120-grit sandpaper. You can do the fine sanding with 240-grit after assembly.
1. Draw the pattern for the feet and trace this onto the block. Cut out the shape with a bandsaw or jigsaw.
GOOD TO KNOW: For the novice - you can cut a more basic design.
2. Drill pocketholes in the front and back of each leg and use wood glue and 50mm pockethole screws to secure the leg in the centre of the foot.
GOOD TO KNOW: While we provide measurements for the length of the table, adjust this according to the length of your sofa, or length required for the table. You can also adjust the height of the table.
3. Cut the rail to the desired length (ours is 1360mm) and drill  pocketholes at each end.
4. On the side of the feet mark the centre. Use glue and 50mm pockethole screws to secure the rail in the centre of the feet.
5. Pre-drill pocketholes in the pieces that make up the apron. Drill  pocketholes in the ends of the side aprons, plus a pockethole along the top edge for securing the table top. Drill  pocketholes along the top edge of the front/back apron for securing the table top. Join the sections with wood glue and 32mm screws.
GOOD TO KNOW: It's a tight squeeze to join the side aprons to the front and back and if you don't have a short pockethole driver it may be easier to drive screws through the front and back into the side aprons.
6. Place the assembled apron on the table top, making sure it is centred all round before securing with 32mm screws.
GOOD TO KNOW: The table looks just as good if you leave off the curved arches, but they do add a nice finishing touch.
7. Cut the curved arches from the remaining laminated pine shelving. Draw these onto the board and cut out with a bandsaw or jigsaw. Sand smooth before attaching to the frame with wood glue and panel pins.
To finish off your new sofa coffee table, use one of the Woodoc range of interior sealers, clear or tinted in your choice of wood colour. Or apply Woodoc Gel Stain and apply a clear sealer over the top of this.