Build a Mirrored Coffee Table
Create a focal point that reflects your creativity. The base of this coffee table is a simple-to-build wooden box. Bevelled 12-by-12 mirrored tiles make it shine, and no cutting required.
- Using two sheets of MDF
- Assemble the body and base
- Rabbet the top and side edges
- Mitre the top corners
- Fill nail holes.
Using two sheets of MDF
(medium density fibreboard) cut two 24 7/8" x 36 7/8" pieces for the top and bottom; two 11 ½" x 36 7/8" pieces for the sides; two 11 ½" x 24 7/8" pieces for the ends; two 4" x 16" and two 4" x 29" pieces for the base. Use the off cuts to make four 2" x 2" mounting brackets, cut at 45° angles, to attach the base.
Assemble the body and base
of the table using carpenter's glue and 1 ¼" 18-gauge brad nails. Mark the location of the brads so that once the glue is set you can countersink them in preparation for rabbeting.
Rabbet the top and side edges
with a 7/16" x 7/16" channel to accept half round and ensure that the edge of each mirror is flush with the surface.
Mitre the top corners
of the half round and butt sides into mitre at each corner. Glue and brad nail to secure using 5/8" 18-gauge brad nails.
Fill nail holes.
Sand mitred corners to round over points, then prime and paint with two coats of metallic silver paint, sanding lightly between coats.
Paint base with flat black (2 coats).
When dry, countersink 1" #8 woodscrews to attach base to the body, offsetting 4" in from both the sides and ends.
Dry fit mirrors to top and sides,
then apply clear silicone to attach mirrors to the table's body. Smooth out silicone with a putty knife to allow mirrors to sit flat. Use painter's tape to hold mirrors until silicone sets.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 3 hours
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