My wife and I loved the look of this plan, so I decided to make it happen! I built this same console, only half the length for our dining room, and then made this full size version for the living room area. I used this plan for both designs. I used a table saw to cut dado channels from the intersecting pieces of material for the "X" design on each side of the table which was considerably easier for me. It can get a little tight when trying to secure the 11.25 inch pieces of 2x4 and 2x2 with pocket holes so I opted to secure through the outer frame with 2.5 inch screws. Countersinks, wood filler, and some sanding made for a clean alternative to the pocket-hole approach. Stained and chalk painted frame and shelves separately before assembling. We love this table and promise you will not be disappointed either.
Minwax Espresso Stain