You know we love convertible furniture, given our history with building projects like this and this. And since we love entertaining, I thought it would be so nice to have a coffee table that converts into a full size table! It can be used for family game night, puzzles, or just plain eating. And we’re totally obsessed with it.
If you follow us on Instagram and have been watching our stories, you’ve seen the whole building process happen behind the scenes. And we’re so excited to share the final product with you!
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Nick here… when Beth challenged me to pull this off, I gracefully excepted, rolled up my sleeves and started designing. We were inspired by a couple different designs we found on Pinterest, but none of them had the look we wanted, nor did they have instructions to build your own. So we’re stepping in to fill a need. #yourewelcome
Let’s get into it.
List of Supplies
- 3/4 x 4×4 plywood (Qty 4)
- 1/2x4x4 MDF (Qty 1)
- 1 3/4″ dowel (Qty 2)
- 1 1/4″ dowel (Qty 2)
- 1 1/2 x 30″ Continuous Hinge
- 1/4-20 x 1 1/4 cross dowel nut (Qty 8)
- 1/4-20 x 2 3/4 Joint Connector Bolt (Qty 8)
- Titebond wood glue
List of Tools
- Table Saw
- Jig Saw
- Band Saw
- Drill Press
- Router Table
- Plunge Router
- 1/4″ spiral router bit (Upcut)
- 1/2″ Pattern Router bit
- 1 3/4″ Forstner Bit
- 1 1/4″ Forstner Bit
The premise of this table relies solely on the ability for the sides and legs to maneuver in such a way that it can be transformed from a coffee table to a full size table (that seats 6) and back again! And we couldn’t do this without the use of high-quality piano hinges from National Hardware!
Download these amazing plans here.
Ok, now that you printed those building plans off, let’s break down some sheet stock! Cut the pieces for the table top and sides, because we are going to laminate the sheets together. We cut two of each and cut them larger than the final dimension.
While the table top and sides are clamped, we got to work on the template to cut the legs. We laid the pattern out, but for your benefit you can download the pattern HERE, print it out and trace it onto the 1/2″ MDF. We cut it out on the band saw and drilled the holes with the drill press.
Using the template, we traced the pattern onto the plywood, cut it close to the lines with a jigsaw. Then screwing the template to the inside of the leg, we cleaned it up the leg blank with the pattern bit. After glueing and clamping the leg blanks together, we chamfered the edges with a chamfering router bit.
After removing the table top and sides from the clamps, we cut them to size and cut the 60 deg taper on the edges.
After laying out the legs, we drilled holes for the cross dowels and joint connection bolts, using a drill press and a plunge router / 1/4″ straight router bit, then using the template as a guide, 1 3/4″ forstner bit and 1 1/4″ forstner bit we drill the holes for the dowels.
We test assembled the legs and continuous hinges making sure everything fits and making adjustments as needed. We really enjoy these National Hardware hinges, and have used them on multiple projects. We have never had them bind, and they have always come with quality screws.
Lastly, we measured the width of the legs and cut the dowels so they would extend beyond the edges of the legs 3/16″.
After sanding and painting, the family gathered to assemble the table.
Pro-tip: a little bar soap works wonders when press fitting the dowels and legs.
Here she blows!
This convertible table will come in so handy at the new house. You’ll have to excuse the barfy beige walls that we haven’t gotten a chance to paint yet.
And here she is fully extended!
My favorite part is that it’s SO PERFECT for family game night!
Using hinges on furniture builds is such a fun way to make them convertible and transform into other useful things! Our heads are spinning with more ideas to use this concept!
Thanks for pinning!
Célia Melo says
AMEI A PRATICIDADE DA IDEIA
PORÉM GOSTARIA DE INFORMAÇÕES SE ENCONTRO A O PRODUTO PRONTA PARA COMPRAR
It’s beautiful! I’m curious why you need the dowels?
This tutorial and plans are awesome. I found it very useful. Thanks for share!
Nice table, very good idea! And very friendly that you put a plan how to do online! Buuut I really don‘t get the size from the plan..which measure do you use?? I am from Austria so we use cm or meters but i cannot convert it..don‘t understand, please help me 🙂
Thanks a lot!
the pdf plans I got are in inches so 1 1/4 would be 1.25 inches then convert to cm
30 degrees should be 30 degrees
Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids says
Great idea! This would be great for any family room. We have a smaller house so anything that is multi-functional is a plus for us!
That is sooooo cool! Nice job.
Bethany and Nick,
You guys are the best! This is such great idea and what clean lines this table has.
So the house – what are you doing for the ceiling in the living room? And are you going to paint the walls a color or make it white?
The Fiddle Fig is looking great! It is amazing how well a plant will do if given the correct lighting and enough water. Most are so simple to take care of with only these two elements. Children need a little more, food and attention being two, but given the right elements they will grow just about as fast. lol. Seriously, everything is looking great and I am thankful that you are sharing your journey.