Easy $30 Console Table With 2x4s and 1x4s




Introduction: Easy $30 Console Table With 2x4s and 1x4s

I got a free ten gallon fish tank, but I had no place to put it. Therefore, I designed and built a table using cheap 2"x4" studs and 1"x4" lumber to hold my new fish tank. Best of all, it only cost me about 30 dollars in total.


  • 3 8ft 1"x4" boards
  • 4 8ft 2"x4" boards (or slightly shorter studs to get straighter wood)
  • Package of 2.5" drywall screws
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood finish of choice


  • Circular saw
  • Drill (with countersinking, pilot, and driver bits)
  • Belt and orbital sander (recommended)

I've attached a folder of drawings to help you.

Step 1: Cut Legs

First, cut 4 26.25" pieces of 2"x4" wood.

Second, mark each 5 inches down on a long side and 1.5" across the bottom from the opposite side as shown in the pictures and included leg drawing.

Next, mark a straight line between the two marks (a yard stick is useful for this) and use a circular saw to cut across the line on each leg.

Finally, sand each leg to smooth corners and prepare them for finishing. (I used a belt sander in a jig and then finished with an orbital sander)

Step 2: Cut Frame

Cut the following from 2"x4" boards:

  • 1 11.5" piece
  • 2 14.5" pieces
  • 2 33" pieces
  • 2 29" pieces

Next, sand piece to smooth corners and prepare them for finishing. (I used a belt sander in a jig and then finished with an orbital sander)

Step 3: Assemble Frame

Using countersunk pilot holes, screw the frame together as pictured.

Next, screw each leg on with countersunk pilot holes.

Reference the included drawings if anything is unclear.

Step 4: Cut and Install Top Peices

Cut and sand 5 36" 1"x4" boards and attach them with screws in countersunk pilot holes to form the top, as pictured.

Step 5: Sand and Finish

Fill all holes with wood filler, then do a final sanding of the entire table.

Starting on the bottom with the table upside down upside down, apply finish as desired. Flip the table over to cover the top.

I used stain and a quick coat of polyurethane.

Step 6: Setup and Enjoy

I added a power strip to the bottom of my table to power my fish tank.

Now the table is ready to use. If you have any questions or anything is unclear, comment below or contact me and I will do my best to help.


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    4 years ago

    Very nice, this is a good looking table! I like that it's a very accessible project a person could do with minimal tools. Great instructable, thank you for sharing :)