My Rustic "X" Console Table

Our spare bedroom was in need of some furniture and when I saw this plan for the rustic "x" console table, it was a perfect fit. And as mentioned in the blog, this was perfect for displaying the handmade quilts our grandmother made for us. When I first read the plans, and the materials list, my husband wasn't too sure about furniture made out of 2x4's and 2x6's but when all said and done, the table came out beautifully and we are both enjoying it. Thank you so much for the wonderful plans!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pine & Hardwoods
Finish Used
I used one coat Minwax water based pre-conditioner applied with sponge applicator, followed by two coats Minwax water based whitewash pickling stain applied with sponge applicator, followed by three coats Minwax water based satin poly applied with a brush. The whitewash requires a 2-3 min set time, then wipe excess. I think I spent four hours alone staining just on a single coat of the whitewash. I thought it was going to take forever to finish but I am very pleased with how it turned out :)

For the hardware, I used 4" L-brackets and bolts sprayed with Rustoleum hammered spray paint.
Recommended Skill Level



Mon, 10/22/2012 - 05:43

I love this table. For some reason your pictures really seem to show the large scale of this piece. Not sure where I'll put this but have to make it! Great job and beautiful quilts!


Mon, 10/22/2012 - 06:37

Thank you! And yes, this is a bulky piece. I didn't really realize how bulky until it was going together. But at that point, I knew I'd find some place for it :) Luckily we had a pretty large room that was mostly empty so I think the scale of the table fit the room size.


Mon, 10/22/2012 - 12:09

I noticed you did the x's slightly different than the plans, as they have two cuts on both ends and attach perfectly. any advice on doing this?


Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:00

For me, the x’s were the most challenging part of the project. I scratched my head and stared at the table side for a while thinking of how to make the x’s so they would meet the center of the table corner. Here’s what I came up with. Figure out your angle. There are a few ways to do this. You can do this by using an online angle calculator where you enter the height and width of your opening and it will give you the angle, you could use a protractor and hold it up to the corner to figure out the angle, or make a template out of paper and transfer that onto your wood. I will admit, I think figuring out the angle is the toughest part, at least for me. Once you have your angle, cut both ends of your wood parallel to one another at that angle. Then measure and mark the center point of your cut. The next cut is through the center point and 90 degrees off of your existing cut . I find it easiest to lay my carpenter square on my cut side then draw a line 90 degrees through the center point mark. A few things I learned along the way, the more square you can get your corners the easier it will be to cut and fit your x’s and make some practice cuts with some cheap 2x2’s then transfer your measurements over to your final 2x2’s. Hope this helps. Happy woodcrafting!


Fri, 07/26/2013 - 09:11

Were you able to find black L brackets or did you have to paint them? I'm trying everywhere to find them and I've had no luck! Any help you can give me of where to look for them would be great. Thank you so much and what a beautiful job!

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