Cyndi Console Table

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 07/17/2011 - 22:57
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A pretty console table featuring cubby like shelves that you can make with standard lumber. This step by step plan has everything that you need to do it yourself console table. Features two drawers and is inspired by Pottery Barn Cynthia Console Table.

Do you feel like time is just flying by this summer?

We've been extra busy up here in Alaska, trying to take advantage of every single minute of precious sunshine. I swear I can see the sun setting earlier every night.

There's gardening, berry picking, canning, salmon to catch, and of course a house full of projects to work on . . . not to mention we are actually building two more houses for our moms, the Momplex . . . so I do apologize if I've not been able to answer your comments or emails of late.
But there's one more thing that you may not know is going on up here in Alaska.  No, Grace isn't getting a sibling . . . yet  :(  this isn't quite as exciting as that would be . . . or as important.  My daughter (and the Ram) truly are the pride of my life, and no other project even comes remotely close.  
I digress, I had something to tell you, didn't I? 
Two January's ago, just a few months after I started blogging, I got an email in my inbox with the subject line "literary agent".  The email attached was just a short note asking me if I might be interested in writing a book from a really smart guy in New York City.  Of course, I said yes!  
That summer, I wrote, and rewrote a book proposal . . . twice.  And then finally late last fall, the book proposal went to publishers, and then just two days before Christmas, we got an early present.  We came to agreement with Potter Craft, an imprint of Random House, to write a book.  
And here we are in July, more than a year later.  Last week, I checked the mail and received the final signed contract, and I can FINALLY tell you, that yes, there will be a book, about handmaking simple stylish furniture with off the shelf materials to save money. 
I can't give a ton more details just yet, but wanted to be the first to let you know why I haven't been around quite as much lately.  Don't worry, love my blog and appreciate each and every person that is a part of it, and it's not just you . . . the dog is getting walked a little less, Grace is going to Auntie's quite a bit more, and my peas got ate a few days ago by a moose and I didn't even know!  The laundry is piling up so high I might have to build two more Laundry Basket Dressers, and gosh darn it, why does this year have to be such a good berry picking year?!?!
But as I've been researching projects for the book, I've been newly inspired by so many pieces.  One in particular that we felt was a tad too complex for the book (unfortunately, the book won't have an AWESOME Facebook Community in it's index that readers can ask questions on, unless perhaps it's the eBook version) is this console table. 
So yay!  I get to blog it and you don't have to wait until next year to build this cute table.  It's inspired by Pottery Barn's Cynthia Console Table.  I just love that  whole collection!
30" Tall x 42" Wide x 13" Deep. This console table is standard table height.


Shopping List

2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 12 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1/2 Sheet of 1/4" plywood
11" drawer slides (available online)
2 - Knobs

Common Materials
2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 - 1x12 @ 29 1/4" (Sides)
1 - 1x12 @ 41 1/2" (Top)
1 - 1x12 @ 36" (Bottom Shelf)
1 - 1x12 @ 25 3/4" (Center Divider)
2 - 1x12 @ 17 5/8" (Shelves)
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 37 1/2" x 30" (Back)
2 - 1x4 @ 11 1/4" (Drawer Slide Spacers - Cut to width of 1x12s)
1 - 1x4 @ 37 1/2" (Footer Front)
2 - 1x2 @ 24 1/4" (Side Trim)
1 - 1x2 @ 37 1/2" (Top Trim)
1 - 1x2 @ 34 1/2" ( Center Trim)
1 - 1x2 @ 41 1/2" (Top Front)

PLUS - Drawer cuts, see in plan

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
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!


Step 1

I've included pocket holes in the diagrams for those of you with a Kreg Jig. You can also use countersunk screws with glue, or even finish nails, as this cabinet is fully framed. 

Start by marking the top underside 2" on each end.  This will be the top overhang.  Then attach the two sides to the top as shown above.

Step 2

Now the bottom shelf. It sits 2 3/4" from the bottom.

Step 3

Mark the placement of the center divider and attach in place.

Step 4

You will need a pocket hole jig to make these shelves fixed. But certainly, you could use shelf pins to make adjustable shelves. Here's a great tute on how you can use pegboard as a guide for drilling your shelf pin holes.

Step 5

Step 6

These are for your drawer guides. Use either 1 1/4" screws or nails to attach to the sides as shown in the diagram.

Step 7

What really makes a cabinet like this one is the cutout footer. Use the diagram above to help you cut a pattern from the footer and attach. You can also start by attaching the footer, and then cut the footer out afterwards.

Step 8

Use 2" finish nails and wood glue to attach the side trim.

Step 9

Now the header. Attach to the center divider as well.

Step 10

And now the drawer trim. You will need to either use pocket holes from the back or 2" screws and glue from the sides, outside to secure trim in place.

Step 11

And finally the top front. Attach in place with glue and finish nails.

Step 12

You will need to build two drawer boxes as shown above. Build the drawer boxes and attach 1/4" plywood leftover to the bottom. Don't worry about the plywood falling off - the drawer slides will hold it on.

Your drawers should be built to fit your cabinet. Be aware that lumber can differ in width AND thicknesses, so you should always build to the cabinet. Standard drawer slides require 1/2" clearance on each side of the drawer, so make your drawers 1" less than the overall interior opening - use the diagram above as a guide.

Step 13

Install drawers into the cabinet as shown above with the drawer slides. Here's a tute on the type of slides you should use and also how I install a drawer.  Remember that the drawer box needs to sit 3/4" inset from the face frame to allow for the drawer faces (see next step).

Step 14

Now here's the fun part, cut your drawer faces to fit the openings, and center of the drawers. Attach with 1 1/4" finish nails (careful about the hardware locations) and glue. Then remove drawer and attach faces to drawer boxes with 1 1/4" screws from the inside.

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.


Binh (not verified)

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 23:20

Such exciting news for all your avid blog followers!

You are an inspiration to all the moms, grandmas, daughters and females in this world. Keep up the awesome work. Will definitely be one of the first in line to buy your book when it comes out. :)


Mon, 07/18/2011 - 08:09

Congratulations on the book deal Ana, it's so well deserved. Thank you for being you and for being so gracious and generous to us. Everytime I come on-line and see all of the pictures of the projects people have made, especially those of us who never had the courage to build before, I think, you must be so proud. I don't know how you find the time to do all you do. I wouldn't be able to keep up with just a fraction of your list. You really are an inspiration and I'm so thankful to be a part of your community.


Mon, 07/18/2011 - 09:39

book tour is awesome. make a stop in Denver and schedule something at Tattered Cover or Home Depot!

As for this piece .. how difficult would it be to put on the doors?

Baskets the perfect size are always so difficult to find. I'm thinking of putting on doors and frosting them to hid my mess.

Kate (not verified)

Mon, 07/18/2011 - 14:37

I was thinking the same thing. This would be great in our dining area to replace the old apartment-trash-pile bookshelf we currently have!