Solid wood coffee table – Elliptical coffee table can be adapted to suit a variety of decorating themes. Place the material surface of the table chosen – 3/4-wood plywood or a piece of solid wood – flat on the work surface. Trail on the elliptical shape you want for the coffee table.
Glue the two pins along the center line of plywood, 6 to 8 inches closer than you want the solid wood coffee table of the ellipse to be. Tie a loop of rope that is long enough to go from one pin to another and from 3 to 4 inches longer. Place the ring on both pins, then place a pencil into the pencil loop and pull out until the rope is stretched. Gently move the pencil around the two pins with the tip of tracking plywood, keeping the stretched rope at all times.
Cut the shape of a table with a band saw, cut just outside the line, but not exactly on the line. Bring the table to the exact shape by sanding back to the line with a sanding block after cutting the ellipse. Sand the table with sandpaper medium grain, then choose one side of the top of the table top and satin soft sand with fine sandpaper grain. Finish the solid wood coffee table with the desired finish, either paint, varnish, stain or lacquer.