This step by step diy project is about console table plans. If you want to build a simple console table but with a rustic appearance, we recommend you to check out the instructions described in the article. Adjust the size of the components with great care and lock them together by using waterproof glue and galvanized screws following the instructions.
It is essential to choose the right materials before starting the construction and the assembly of the console table. As you will see in the project, you need to choose durable lumber with a nice appearance, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Make sure the components are in a good visual condition and choose professional tools when adjusting their size. Take accurate measurements and join the components with glue and screws. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 28 1/2″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 13 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 41″ long 2xFRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 13 1/2″ long, 6 pieces – 41″ long SHELF
- D – 2 piece of 1×4 lumber – 11 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 41″ long TABLETOP
- E – 2 piece of 1×2 lumber – 23 3/4″ long, 4 pieces – 11″ long TRIMS
- 1 piece of 2×3 lumber – 10 ft
- 3 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 3 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 5 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- wood putty, wood stain
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Building a console table
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the sides for the console table. Therefore, we recommend you to build the legs out of 2×3 lumber and the horizontal supports out of 1×3 lumber. Mark the cut lines with great care and get the job done in a professional manner.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal supports, align them with great care and secure them to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws and waterproof glue. Make sure the corners are square.
The next step is to lock the sides of the console table together. Therefore, cut the supports out of 1×3 lumber and drill pocket holes at both ends. Align the components with attention and insert 1 1/4″ screws to create rigid joints. Check if the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
Next, attach the 1×3 trims to the sides of the console table, as described in the diagram. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to cut the trims at the right size and to drill pocket holes through the supports. Insert 1 1/4″ screws through the supports into the trims and add glue to the joints.
The next step is to attach the slats to the bottom of the console table, in order to create a storage shelf. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 1×3 slats and place them equally-spaced. Secure the slats to the trims using 1 1/4″ screws, after making sure the surface is perfectly horizontal and the edges are flush.
Building the tabletop is a straight-forward process, but you need to pay attention to a few aspects before continuing the project. Therefore, build the frame out of 1×4 lumber, as in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the side slats.
Next, fit the rest of the 1×4 slats inside the frame, as described in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws and waterproof glue. Place the slats equally-spaced before inserting the screws.
Lay the tabletop on a level surface and center the frame of the console table to it. Work with great attention, otherwise the result won’t be professional. Drill pocket holes through the supports and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the tabletop. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess using a damp cloth.
If you want to enhance the look of the console table, we recommend you to add X-shaped trims to both sides of the console table. Cut the ends of the trims at the right size and secure them together before fitting them into place. Drill pilot holes and secure them to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: In order to protect the lumber from water damage, we recommend you to cover the components with several coats of paint. Place the wooden nightstand in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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Absolutely wonderful plans! I modified it to be a bit taller to fit behind my couch and to have an extra shelf in the middle, but the plans are a great base!
I ended up using three 1x6s for the top of the table and screwed them down with wood screws instead of the 1x4s with pocket holes as i found my wood was splitting. Worked out great in the end.