Balin Console Table by More Like Home

Submitted by Georgia M on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 15:57

This was the first project I tackled by myself. I think I spent about $70 and used pine.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used
Espresso stain & polyurethane.
Recommended Skill Level


chanice (not verified)

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 06:00

You are AMAZING! and it's a very nice table. Saw one at Pottery, but couldn't
afford the price tag and all other charges. Are you willing to share your plans or
do you have one already?

Thank you.

chanice (not verified)

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 06:03


Don't know if the first email was sent.

Just want to say you're AWESOME and the table is beautiful.

Saw one at Pottery, but couldn't afford the price and all other charges.

Do you have a plan that you're willing to share or post?

Thank you.


Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:22

Can someone please be more specific on the drawers, I made the cuts exactly as it says and i have a gap on top??? Or are their any pictures like there was for the rest of the table??? I'm so close and I love the look but these drawers are going to be the end of me lol 

Stephen Peters

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 15:25

Hi StaceyMc,

First of all you made your drawers correctly. Here is a old furniture maker trick to solve your drawer problems.

Looking at the plans they ask for a 1/8" gap all around. The problem with that is that a drawer sits in the opening with the bottom of the drawer tight to the bottom of the opening it sits in. When the drawer does that it makes the gap at the top a 1/4". ...Much to wide compared to the other sides....

The solution is to raise the drawer up in the "opening". Use two thumb tacks on the "bottom rails" of the console ...where the drawer sides slide in and out. Do this for each drawer. If that isn't high enough you could put a small washer under the tack to raise it higher.

Now if that isn't high enough I do have other ideas to make your drawer work. Just let me know.

Then only after you have put the finish on your master piece. Apply wax or a candle works, to the bottom edge of the drawer side to make it glide in and out easer. Just rub the wax back and forth quickly, "to make heat" and it will adhere to the wood.

I hope you enjoy your adventures in woodworking! :)