You know what the best thing is about being able to build things yourself? Well, there's two. First, you can save gobs of money. Second, it makes gift giving pretty easy!
Ever since I started having kids, I've gotten onto my mom about her death trap of a coffee table. It was huge, had sharp wrought iron edges every where...bottom, top, 4 per each side. It was just dangerous for new walkers and babies. Well, to give her the benefit of the doubt, no injuries occurred. But, she finally did give it away a few months ago. And ever since, I have felt obligated to give her a replacement. After all, it was sort of my fault :) I went through a few design ideas, mainly being tufted ones but, then I thought of my moms lifestyle and a tufted ottoman was out of the question. Only one with a slipcover or made from wood would work. So, I decided on this cute plan from Jen from House of Wood and Ana White...the balustrade coffee table.
complete tutorial on Ana's website. First, get a pocket hole jig. It's worth it. If you don't want to spend money on the Kreg Jig, then get one for cheaper at Harbor Freight. Next, this bottom picture shows the hardest part. Trying to connect the legs to bottom and attach the supports. It was a little difficult. It might be easier to create the supports on the legs first and then put them onto the bottom.