Simple Rustic Modern Console Table

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 02/19/2020 - 13:55
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Build your own rustic modern console table!  This easy to tackle DIY project just uses a few boards and you can nail it all together.  Free step by step plans from

simple console table plans

Build your own console table.  This easy to build plan uses off the shelf boards - so just chop, and nail together!

Why We Love It

  • Perfect console table height
  • Three large cubbies fit most standard baskets and bins less than 16" wide x 11" deep x 10" tall 
  • Solid wood design is easy to stain for a beautiful wood accent
  • Narrow design fits in most halls or entryways
  • Easy to build with basic tools and off the shelf materials

Baskets that Fit

We designed this console table to fit most standard bins or baskets designed for closet shelving.

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Simple Modern Console Table Plans

The free plans for this console table follow.  

simple modern console table plans

dimensions of console table
51" wide x 11-1/4" deep x 30" tall


Shopping List

2 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long (whitewood or spruce boards are fine)

1 - 1x10 @ 10 feet long

1-1/4" brad nails or 1-1/4" pocket hole screws if using a Kreg Jig

wood glue

Cut List
  • 2 – 1×12 @ 29-1/4″ - legs 
  • 1 – 1×12 @ 49-1/2″ - shelf
  • 2 - 1x12 @ 10" - dividers
  • 1 – 1×12 @ 51″ - top
  • 2 - 1x10 @ 49-1/2" - inside back
Cutting Instructions
  • From first 1x12, cut the top, one leg, and one divider
  • From second 1x12, cut the shelf, one leg and one divider
  • Cut both 1x10 pieces from the 1x10 board
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Attach the top to the legs with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue or use your Kreg Jig on the 3/4" setting with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Place the two dividers inside the project on the ends as shown, do NOT attach.

Place shelf on top.

Attach shelf to the legs using the same method as you used to attach the top.

Step 3

Move the dividers inward 16".

Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Step 4

Apply glue to all four edges of the first 1x10 and place inside the shelf.

Avoid glue drying on the bare wood as it will not be stainable later.  Wipe off with a wet cloth as soon as possible.

Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue from sides and from top.

Apply glue to the second 1x10 ends and place in the project.

Nail from sides to attach.


barbara (not verified)

Wed, 10/13/2010 - 07:45

Ana, you are awesome!! I can't wait to find time to starting building - like so many others, my wish list is getting quite long ;)
Is this piece sturdy enough to hold a small (20 gallon) aquarium? We just moved the aquarium out of my daughter's room and it's now sitting on a bookshelf that's way too high. this would be ther perfect first project for me.

Crystal R (not verified)

Sun, 11/14/2010 - 05:07

Just to update, Hubby and I built this last night. It's a GREAT first project, super simple. Seriously it's so easy I felt like I was cheating! I'll post pics on the forum when I get the finishing done :-) Thank you!


Mon, 03/28/2011 - 14:01

Do I have to use a pocket hole jig for this project? It will be my very first, and I am looking for the simplest and least expensive method, but I also want a sturdy piece...

Lady Goats

Mon, 03/28/2011 - 15:07

This is a simple build that does not require a pocket hole jig. Make sure you have a countersink bit, however, and don't pre-drill your holes RIGHT on the edge of the board. I think that was my  biggest mistake on my first builds. 

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