DIY Console Table

2016-04-24T09:41:42+00:00 August 27th, 2013|Furniture|3 Comments

In this step-by-step guide I’ll show you how I created a DIY Console Table from scratch! Chickity-chec-a-check-it-out!

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I started out by ripping 4×4 douglas fir to 2×2’s with my table saw. You can purchase 2×2’s if you don’t have access to a table saw. I know Menards has 2×2 Poplar available.

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Next I cut the 2×2’s to the desired height for the table’s legs.

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Once I cut the 1×3’s for the apron, I dry fit the legs to the frame to see how things were lookin’. They lookin’ goooood. Creepy. OK! Moving on…

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In order to attach the legs to the apron, I cut 1×3’s to make my cross piece. There are metal brackets available for this kind of thing if that’s your preference.

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Marking out the angle.

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Perfect fit!

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I’ll take 4 of those, please and thank you.

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I leave about 1/4″ of the leg out for looks.

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Using a framers square, I get the apron all lined up and ready to be glued.

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I clamp and glue the apron together, FOREVA!

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Turning the apron on it’s side to attach the final two braces. Ignore that hole, it was a mistake! A huge mistake!

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Ok so in addition to gluing the cross piece, I used 1″ screws.

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Gave it the ol’ once over with the sander.

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Dry fitting the legs on that smoooooth frame.

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to finish this, so I did a little of everything…haha.

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First I threw some RustOleam Early American on.

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Stained legs!

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Next I watered down some of that white craft paint and applied that liberally.

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Painted legs!

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It’s more like a primer, I guess.

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I used 2-1/2″ screws to attach the legs, straight up the middle.

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Here’s a top view.

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Standing on it’s own four legs!

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I decided to start distressing the white with 80 grit sandpaper.

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At this point in time I just discovered chalk paint…so this white primer will be short-lived. More on the chalk paint later

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I decided the console table could use a bottom shelf, so I measured and marked where I plan to put the shelf braces.

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Trim for the top of the shelf braces.

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After notching out and cutting out a portion of my 2×2 (so that the slats can lay in nicely), I attached the trim to the top with glue and clamps.

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I applied a test coat of my DIY Chalk Paint and wanted to take a look at how that 1″ cherry looks on top.

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Laying in the slats to see how the spacing will work.

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Something like this? Good idea!

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Using pipe clamps, and glue I join the boards together (one board at a time). I apply a bead of glue one side of the board and set each clamp a little at a time for an even fit. I use the scrap 1×6 pine board to place ON TOP of the seam to keep the joining flat. I step on the pine board right before I do my final tightening on each clamp.

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After letting the glue set for about 24hrs, I plane out any inconsistencies with this hand plane and good old fashioned elbow grease.

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Next I used my orbit sander with 80 grit paper. Then I used a sanding block and gradually went from 120 grit to 300.

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Experimenting with a bit of a different look for the corners.
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In order to attach the table top to the apron, I glued in center supports with 1/4″ pre-drilled holes. This will account for any wood movement due to temperature or humidity changes. The screws used are about 1/8″ in diameter and will be able to move in the 1/4″ holes if the table top needs to stretch.

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Close-up of the 1/4″ hole.

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I applied (2) coats of SC Johnson Clear Paste Wax. It was my first time working with the stuff and I dig it. I’ll have a DIY Project Guide for waxing up soon enough.

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Not pictured was the application and distressing of the chalk paint. My camera disappeared after a trip to Utah. TSA did a search of my suitcase. Coincidence or CONSPIRACY?!

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We’re in some serious need of decor, but the DIY Console Table turned out beautifully. Now if I can keep the baby from climbing on it…

I have the measurements and will be putting a .PDF plan together as soon as possible. If you have any questions on the process, shout em’ out below!

3 Comments

  1. Tessa December 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    This looks awesome! Great Job!

  2. Fred Wallace July 6, 2016 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Love it! My design is going to be a little different but you provided much needed details. Thanks a bunch. Fred from Alabama

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