Rustic X Console Table

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:08
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Build the super popular Rustic X Console Table.  This easy woodworking project has been built thousands of times and loved the world over.  Its made of construction lumber (yes, 2x4s!) and the plans are easy to follow.  Free step by step plans from Ana-White.com.

Also in this Collection: Rustic X Coffee Table Plans, Rustic X End Table Plans and Rustic X Bench Plans

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This beautiful rustic X console was built by Hillary from The Friendly Home.  I encourage you to take a second to stop over to The Friendly Home and read more about Hillary building this console, the finish she used, and the story behind those beautiful quilts!

 

Dimensions
rustic x bench plans dimensions diagram
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 6 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 3 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 – 1x12 @ 12 feet long
  • 3 – 2x6 @ stud length or 8 feet
  • Corner hardware/decorative bolts
  • 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws
  • 2 1/2" screws
Cut List
  • 12 – 2x2 @ 30”
  • 6 – 2x4 @ 28 1/2"
  • 2 – 1x12 @ 63 1/2"
  • 5 – 2x4 @ 11 1/4"
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 11 1/4"
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 22 1/2" (long point to short point, ends parallel, cut at 60 degrees off square)
  • 4 – 2x2 @ 11 1/4" (longest point to shortest point, long end cut at 60 degrees off square, short point cut at 30 degrees off square, angles are in same direction)
  • 3 – 2x6 @ 74 1/2"
Cutting Instructions

NOTE: If your saw does not cut 60 degrees off square, you will need to mark cuts with an angle square or compass/protractor and cut angles with circular saw or jigsaw. Practice this cut first on scraps!

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

First build two frames as shown in diagram.

Step 2

Then attach frames to shelves. NOTE: I recommend drilling 3/4" pocket holess with Kreg Jig around all sides of each shelf for attaching all shelf trim with 1 1/4" Pocket Hole screws later on.

Step 3

2x4 end supports need to be the same width as your 1x12 boards - expected to be 11 1/4" wide. Measure the width of your 1x12s and cut the 2x4 supports to match this width.

Attach to frames and shelves. For attaching to frames, use 1-1/2" pocket holes with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 4

Add trim to the shelf.

Step 5

The X can be cut by just placing the uncut board alongside it's permanent position, and marking the overlap with a pencil, and then cutting the pencil lines with a circular saw or jigsaw.

First do the longer piece, then place inside the project, but don't attach yet.

The figure the smaller piece cuts and make those cuts.

Fit the smaller pieces in the project, and trace where they need to be joined to the larger piece.

Remove all pieces and attach the smaller pieces to the longer piece.

Then place the entire X inside the opening and attach.

Step 6

And then add the top. You can build top first with 1 1/2" pocket holes and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and then attach to top through 2x4/2x2 aprons or just plank the top for a rustic look - it's up to you.

TIP: Just use your 2 1/2" pocket hole screws to attach the top so you don't have to go out and buy more 2 1/2" screws.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Comments

spiceylg

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 09:58

Love this table, I had pinned Centsational Girl's table as well! Hillary you did a fab job! I think it has now been placed on my must build list! My hubby is going to think I'm crazy, because his concept of must have is too practical for me, ha!

linseylouwho

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 10:26

I LOVE this table! I have a wall in my home that I've been looking for a console table for! One that is HALF this size would be perfect! I mean PERFECT!! Only one little problem...I STINK at math. How about plans for one that is half as wide. That would be awesome. Thanks

Winter300

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 11:50

So, the overall width would end up being 8 1/4 inches, with the inside pieces being 5 5/8s.  Everything else would pretty much be the same, though I am not sure what the angle on the X pieces would be.  To do that, you can just hold the piece up and scribe it.  With all that being said, be advised that lopping it in half might throw the proportions off enough to make it look odd. 

Anonymous Coward (not verified)

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:22

It's Iron Acetate ... otherwise known as "Steel wool dissolved in vinegar" and brushed on. And strong black tea. Followed by waxing, but you could use a wipe-on polyurethane if you wanted.

INGREDIENTS:
One "pillow" of extra-fine steel wool
1 Gallon of cheap white vinegar
A box of harsh, cheap black tea (maybe)

Shred the steel wool and stuff it into the vinegar jug. Leave the cap loose! Set it aside for several days, swirling it occasionally to check the progress. The bubbles are hydrogen gas. When the steel wool is gone, your stain is ready.

Check it on a scrap piece ... brush it on and it should turn greyish as it dries. If it's too dark, dilute the iron acetate with water 50:50 and test another scrap.

For a more intense grey, you need tannin. Brew up some really strong black tea (use a lot of bags and boil it till it's really undrinkably dark)

Brush the tea on and let it dry, then apply the iron acetate solution. If it's too dark, dilute the iron acetate with water 50:50 and test another scrap.

This is a great stain for blending repaired spots into a fence - load a garden sprayer with 50:50 iron acetate and water and spray the new wood.

Hillary (not verified)

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:00

I used organic tea because it was what I had on hand and let it steep for a few hours. Worked like a charm!

Anonymous Coward (not verified)

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:23

It's Iron Acetate ... otherwise known as "Steel wool dissolved in vinegar" and brushed on. And strong black tea. Followed by waxing, but you could use a wipe-on polyurethane if you wanted.

INGREDIENTS:
One "pillow" of extra-fine steel wool
1 Gallon of cheap white vinegar
A box of harsh, cheap black tea (maybe)

Shred the steel wool and stuff it into the vinegar jug. Leave the cap loose! Set it aside for several days, swirling it occasionally to check the progress. The bubbles are hydrogen gas. When the steel wool is gone, your stain is ready.

Check it on a scrap piece ... brush it on and it should turn greyish as it dries. If it's too dark, dilute the iron acetate with water 50:50 and test another scrap.

For a more intense grey, you need tannin. Brew up some really strong black tea (use a lot of bags and boil it till it's really undrinkably dark)

Brush the tea on and let it dry, then apply the iron acetate solution. If it's too dark, dilute the iron acetate with water 50:50 and test another scrap.

This is a great stain for blending repaired spots into a fence - load a garden sprayer with 50:50 iron acetate and water and spray the new wood.

Cindy from Indiana (not verified)

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:25

I would type how much I love this table, but I'm feeling faint because my heart is pitter-pattering! ;-) /jk

Love it, love it, love it!

LisaT

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:47

Ok, I am getting addicted to building things and these plans aren't helping!lol Thanks so much for all your awesomeness! This is great!