This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a console table. This detailed article features through plans for building a beautiful console table. Work with good judgement and don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the related plans, as there are many designs and woodworking projects to select from.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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How to Build a Console Table
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- A – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 31 1/4″ long LEGS
- B – 8 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 13″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 13″x25 1/2” long SHELVES
- D – 2 piece of 1×3 lumber – 48″, 2 pieces – 14 1/2″ long FRAME
- E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 16″x48″ long TABLETOP
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 5 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- wood putty, wood stain
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Building a Console Table
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the supports for the console table. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to use 1×3 lumber for the components. Cut them at the right dimensions, after taking accurate measurements.
Drill pocket holes at both ends at horizontal components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the sides. Make sure the corners are right-angled and add glue to the joints.
Continue the project by assembling the frame of the tabletop. Build the components out of 1×3 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the short components and secure them to the perpendicular components using 1 1/4″ screws. Check if the corners are square and add glue to the joints.
Continue the project by attaching the tabletop to the frame. As you can notice in the diagram, we recommend you to drill pocket holes through the supports and insert 1 1/4′ screws into the top. Add glue to the joints and leave no gaps between the components. Make sure the edges are flush.
Continue the project by attaching the supports to the tabletop. Leave no gaps between the components and plumb the supports with a spirit level. Add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/4″ screws to get a rigid structure.
In order to get a professional result, you need to attach the 3/4″ plywood shelves between the console table supports. Cut the shelves at the right size and drill pocket holes along both sides. Leave no gaps between the components and insert 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess.
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: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the console table from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Fit the table to the right location.
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