Boxing Ring Coffee Table

This stylish coffee table doubles as a storage option for kids’ toys.

Boxing Ring Coffee Table

This stylish coffee table doubles as a storage option for kids’ toys.

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Difficulty: Intermediate/Difficult

(2) 2' × 3' × ¾" cabinet-grade birch plywood for table top and bottom
(4) 2" × 2" × 15½" cabinet-grade birch plywood for table legs
½" Wood screws
100' of ¼"-wide elastic cord
(4) 2" casters
Pneumatic nail gun
16-gauge finishing nails
Drill driver
5/16" Drill bit
Phillips screwdriver/drill bit
(2) Spring clamps
Tape measure
Wood glue
Oil-based polyurethane
Circular sander with 150-grit sandpaper
Woodworking jig (optional)


1. Clamp the two 2' × 3' × ¾" pieces of birch plywood together with spring clamps to reduce the time spent drilling holes. Use the measuring tape to find the middle of one side, and mark it with the pencil

2. Use the drill driver and the 5/16" drill bit to drill the holes, starting with the middle mark. The holes should be 1½" apart and 1" from the long edge. You can also use a woodworking jig, which can make the repetitive drilling easier

FAQ: What is a woodworking jig?
A jig’s primary purpose is to provide repeatability, accuracy and interchangeability in the manufacturing of products. You can purchase one at any hardware store, or a carpenter can make his own, as shown.

3. Place the jig over the location you want to start drilling (in this case, the middle mark), and insert the drill in the jig’s premade holes, which have the exact spacing desired. Continue until you’ve drilled holes on one side of the birch plywood pieces, stopping 2¾" from the edge

4. For the corners, leave room for the table legs. Space the last hole on one end 2¾" from the corner edge as shown. Then continue drilling holes in the next side 2¾" from that perpendicular side

5. Once the perimeter holes have been drilled, remove the spring clamps, separate the 2' × 3' × ¾" birch plywood boards and set one of them aside

6. Apply wood glue to the four 2" × 2" × 15½" birch plywood legs, making sure to apply glue to only one end of each leg

7. Attach the four 2" × 2" × 15½" legs to one of the 2' × 3' × ¾" boards. Make sure the legs sit flush with the board’s corners

8. Secure the four legs by inserting 16-gauge finishing nails with the pneumatic nail gun. Insert the nails in a square formation

9. Flip the table upside down so the legs are facing up

10. Apply wood glue to the end of each leg, and then place the second 2' × 3' × ¾" plywood board on top of all four legs, lining up the corners with the legs. Secure with 16-gauge finishing nails in each corner as you did in step 8

11. Use a rag to wipe off any excess glue seeping from the legs

12. Using the lighter, burn the ends of the 100' piece of elastic cord to prevent fraying and allow it to be easily threaded through the holes in the table

13. Start lacing the elastic cord through the holes in the top and bottom of the table, going back and forth from top to bottom, almost as if you were lacing a pair of sneakers

14. For the corners, make sure the loop crosses over to the next side of the plywood board as shown

15. Once the table’s perimeter is fully looped with the elastic cord, make a simple knot at the end and cut off the excess with scissors

16. Place a caster in each corner of the bottom of the table. The casters will be slightly tucked under the elastic cord in the corners

17. Screw in the casters with the ½" wood screws and a Phillips drill bit

18. Use the circular sander and 150-grit sandpaper to sand the top of the table. Make sure to sand in the direction of the grain

19. Use a rag to wipe off any dust from the sander

20. To create a finished look, dip the paintbrush into oil-based polyurethane and coat the top of the table