Mobile Coffee Table
Create a compact storage system for the living room in a few hours.
With a warm chestnut finish and castors for mobility, this sleek coffee table has a deceptively simple design.
The table is built from four boxes, made using laminated pine panels, that are joined side-to-back.
You’ll need two 1210 x 405 x 19mm panels, about $27 each, and two 1820 x 405 x 19mm panels, $40 each, from Porta Mouldings.
The boxes have mitred corners joined using PVA adhesive. The joints are reinforced with dowels, then the boxes are secured to each other using adhesive and screws through cleats cut from 19 x 19mm DAR pine.
Instead of using fluted dowels, we cut a length of clear 6mm Tasmanian oak dowel to length.
This is a little more economical than using precut dowels, and will look neater as the exposed end of the dowel will inconspicuously blend in with the timber.
To give the coffee table a luxe look, apply interior stain in Chestnut and leave it to dry, then give it two coats of clear polyurethane.
To finish, secure four 75mm locking castors to the underside of the base, 100mm in from the corners, using the supplied screws.
Cut the parts
Use a circular saw with a straightedge guide or a tablesaw to cut the 1210mm panels into eight 290mm sides and the 1820mm ones into eight 405mm tops and bases, with opposing 45º mitres on all the pieces.
Use a mitrebox and tenon sawto cut two 1800 x 19 x 19 lengths of pine into eight 365mm cleats.