The plans for this console table can be found at the below link. Full credit goes to the person who designed it. I made some slight modifications like lowering it a few inches because I wanted it to function as a sofa table. Also, I used old cedar fence boards for the bottom shelf.
Drawings and Original Instructions:
Step 1: Gather Matterials
- Power Saw
- Electric Sander
- Power Drill
- Pocket Hole Jig
Materials Needed: (from linked website in the intro)
two 8′ 2″x2″ (cut into four 32″ pieces for the legs)
two 6′ 1″x2″ (cut 12 1/2″ and 42 1/2″ out of each 6′ board)
two 6′ 1″x3″ (cut 12 1/2″ and 42 1/2″ out of each 6′ board)
one 8′ 1″x10″ (cut two 4′ sections and glue up together to make a wide topeither 1/4″ sheet 3/4″ plywood OR scraps of 3/4″ plywood 12 1/2″ long at various widths to equal 42 1/2″wood glue1 1/4″ pocket hole screws for 3/4″ material (I used old cedar fence boards)
I got my materials from the local big box hardware store. The total cost for the lumber (white pine) was about $26.00. I picked up a pocket hole jig for $60.00. This jig is awesome, it makes very strong connections!
Step 2: Make your Cuts
Cut all of your lumber to the specified sizes.
Be sure to measure twice, cut once.
Step 3: Begin Constructing The Legs
Referring to the drawings in the link, drill 4 pocket holes into the 12 1/2" 1X3.
Attach them to the legs with 1 1./4" screws.
Ensure that 1x3 is set back 1/4" from the outer edge.
Do the same for the lower connector piece (1x2).
Make sure the 1x2 is flush with inside edge of the leg, this will be the lower shelf.
Step 4: Connecting the Apron to the Leg Sections
Using pocket holes connect the long apron pieces following the same conventions of the corresponding leg sections.
For added strength I recommend gluing each joint in addition to the pocket screws.
When everything is assembled add cleats along the lower apron. I used old scrap 1/4 round molding. This creates a seat for the planks to rest on.
Step 5: Glue Top Together
Glue the two 10" x 4' boards with wood glue. Be sure you use clamps and give the glue enough time to cure.
Step 6: Use Scrap Wood
I salvaged my old fence boards to make the bottom shelf. You can use one solid piece of old plywood or various scraps cut to size. Just make sure the cleats are set to the right height to make everything flush. I glued my planks to the cleats and apron and applied weights and clamps to ensure a tight bond.
Step 7: Attach the Top
Make sure you attach some cleats flush to the top (see first picture) to attach the top to. Drill from the bottom and use 1 1/2" wood screws. Make sure the top is centered before you screw it together.
Step 8: Sand and Stain
Use an electric orbit sander with a fine grit paper. Once everything is smooth and even apply stain with a clean rag. I did not sand the fence boards to maintain a rustic look. When I added some stain to them they really started to pop.