Balin console table modification

I absolutely loved this table but needed to modify it to fit into a specific area of my house, so I put two drawers on top of each other instead of having all four across. I also shortened the legs as a result. I really love the way it turned out. It is so pretty.

The only thing I dislike is the drawers. They are incredibly heavy, don't slide that well (not because of any mistake on my part, just because they are wood sliders and not metal or plastic), and the shape and size don't make them very usable. They're sort of awkward. I originally wanted it to be a place for my boys to store their Thomas train tracks and Legos, but there's really no way a kid can use drawers that heavy and deep. So that's a bummer.

But overall it's a really nice addition to that part of our living room!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
Minwax's cognac
Recommended Skill Level



Thu, 08/02/2012 - 10:40

Your console table is beautiful! I read a recent post that addressed the awkward drawer slides. This person used teflon tape on the slides and said it worked well. Here's the post...
Submitted by alexnb on Thu, 2012-08-02 00:30.

That might work for you, too, so that you could actually use the drawers for those pesky little toy train and Lego pieces! :-)

Lady Goats

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 10:44

I've loved the Balin console since Ana first posted the plans, but haven't gotten a chance/place for it. Your modifications are amazing, and the finish is stunning. WOW!


Mon, 08/06/2012 - 09:13

Thanks guys. Your nice words made me feel so good. Linda, can you send the link again? It didn't post here.

Thanks again. :D It was a fun project and the mods make it unique.