Woodworking

DIY Geometric Wood Art Table

coffee table with hairpin legs
Lately I’ve been seeing the coolest geometric wood art all over the place. Frankly, I am all about it. I have been drooling over the countless art pieces I’ve seen come across my feed lately, and decided it was time to make my own. So, being that “Woodworking Wednesdays” (also known as, my day off which is spent in the shop) is a thing until the end of August, I took a few hours today to create my own geometric wood art table. It cost less than $40 to make… and it’s pretty awesome.

How To Build A Geometric Coffee Table

Update: There is now a YouTube video tutorial for this project!

But, if you’re looking for the step-by-step, here we go!

Geometric Wood Art Coffee Table
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One of the coolest things about this table to me is that it has handmade hairpin legs from DIY Hairpin Legs. Nothing beats a nice pair of legs (if you know what I mean). These things friggin’ rock (I’ll show you how easy they were to assemble later on, but I just had to brag about them for a hot second first). Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

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Tools
Miter Saw
Table Saw/Circular Saw & Guide
Nail Gun
Screw Gun
Sander/Sand Paper
Painting Supplies
Tape Measure
Pencil

Materials
(4) 1 x 3 x 96″ Common Board
(2) 1 x 2 x 96″ Common Board
(1) ¾” x 2′ x 4′ Plywood Board
DAP Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive (or wood glue)
Table Legs
Wood Stain
Wood Sealer
Wood Putty

The Steps:

1. Cut your plywood board to size. Because I used 1 x 3″ boards (ps. the real measurements for 1 x 3’s are ¾ x 2½”) for this project, and had 8 boards to use, I cut my plywood to 20 x 40″.

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2. Next, cut your 8 table top pieces into 40″ long strips.

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3. Use one of the cut offs from a leftover 1 x 3″ and make a 45 degree cut. This will be used as a stencil/template for making your design later.

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4. Set all 8 of the 40″ pieces on top of the plywood and line them up.

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5. Once you are happy with the placement, use the 45 degree cutoff to begin tracing the cut lines for your design. Measure all of your inner angles from the outsides in on both ends to make sure the design is centered.

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6. After you are done tracing the lines, use your miter saw to cut along the 45 degree markings. Make sure to do one line at a time so no piece gets misplaced.

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7. Once all of the pieces are cut, use your sander to smooth down the faces and edges.

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8. Next, stain and paint your pieces. This will make it easier to assemble everything in the next step without having to tape things off.

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9. Once everything is dry, begin to assemble the table top by attaching the boards to the plywood. I personally didn’t want any nail holes in my table (filled or unfilled), so I used my DAP Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive to permanently adhere the boards. You can use a nail gun here if you would like.

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10. Once the pieces are dry, you can take time to distress or add detail to the top pieces. I thought the flat white was a bit too stark, so I used 150 grit sandpaper to create a rustic look.

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11. Flip the table top over and give the bottom a coat of stain to match the top.

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12. Because we made some 45 degree cuts, some of the boards may not line up completely after assembly. So, when everything is dry, just use your saw to even out the ends of the table top.

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13. Next, create borders for the table top. I created mine with 45 degree miters at each corner for a cleaner look. You can attach these to the table with a nail gun. Fill the holes with wood putty.

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14. While the wood putty dries, attach your table legs. Like I said, I am obsessed with the table legs that were sent to me from DIY Hairpin Legs. All it took was a few screws to get them in place.

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15. Sand down the leftover wood putty on the borders and then seal your table with a protective coat.

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Now admire your new coffee table… because heaven knows I sure did. I’m pretty much obsessed. Lies. I am obsessed.

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It is so easy to have fun with a project like this! You can add more 45 degree cuts, different colors for the wood, or even play around with the types of legs you add to the table.

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If you loved this project and want to see it in action, I’ll have a YouTube video up within the next few days which goes through the process! So, keep an eye out for it! In the meantime, make sure to check out some of my other recent builds and also share your favorite projects with me on social media!

Until next time…

* A giant thanks to DAP Products Inc. & DIY Hairpin Legs for the products used in this project. I genuinely think their products rock, not just because they were provided to me. Seriously, they’re awesome.

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.

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16 COMMENTS

  • Allison

    This is too good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done, it is beautiful.

    • Sam Raimondi
      AUTHOR

      I wish there was a heart eyes emoji option on WordPress comments… Thank you so much!!!

      • Allison

        Next time simply respond with “HEART EYES EMOJI”. I’ll know what you mean. 😉

  • gail

    Sam,

    I love your geometric wood art table! It’s so pretty.

    great job!

    gail

    • Sam Raimondi
      AUTHOR

      Thanks so much, Gail! It was so awesome meeting you at Haven!

  • yahtzee with buddies

    You’ve written nice post, I am gonna bookmark this page, thanks for info. I actually appreciate your own position and I will be sure to come back here.

  • Jessica

    Has this stood up over time? Has the wood bowed at all?

  • Abi Stern

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS@}!!!Do you mind sharing which wood stain did you use. I get quite overwhelmed with all the colour selection

    • Sam
      AUTHOR

      Hi Abi! I used Minwax Stain in Jacobean for this table. Hope that helps!

  • Hamilton Billiards

    Thanks for sharing this excellent article Sam 🙂

    I’ve got a lot of experience myself of designing and constructing wooden tables.

    I build handmade snooker tables, using very similar techniques that you have mentioned here.

    Keep up the great work Sam!

    • Sam
      AUTHOR

      That’s so awesome! Thanks for the love!

  • Ivan Castro

    Beautiful table! What size and diameter did you use for the Hairpin Legs?

    • Sam
      AUTHOR

      Thank you! The legs are 16″ tall hairpin legs. Hope that helps!

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