Apothecary Console

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 22:59
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This beautiful apothecary console features three open cubbies perfect for storing entertainment controllers, four drawers and two cabinets, all concealed by door fronts that look like an apothecary cabinet. Loved by so many, this console is easy to build and can add that touch of character to your family room.

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

2 – Sheets of 3/4″ MDF or Plywood, cut into 15 1/2″ wide strips, 8′ Long 1 – 1/4″ Plywood or Lauan or MDF (for the back) 1 – 12′ 1×6 AND 1- 8′ 1×6 Boards 2 – 1×2 Boards 2″ Screws 1 1/4″ Screws Wood Glue Wood Filler and Finishing Supplies

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

3 – 1×16 @ 61 1/2″ (Shelves) 2 – 1×16 @ 16 1/4″ (Bottom Dividers) 2 – 1×16 @ 14 3/4″ (Drawer Dividers) 2 – 1×16 @ 7″ (Top Dividers) 2- 1×16 @ 27″ (Sides) 1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 63 x 27″ (Back) 3 – 1×6 @ 65″ (Top) 1 – 1×2 @ 61 1/2″ (Inset front footer) 2 – 1×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Side Footer) 1 – 1×2 @ 64 1/2″ (Front Footer)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Remember, you can click on images to see a larger view. Work on a clean level surface. Take a square of your project after each step. Use good straight boards. Mark out joints on both sides before fastening. If you are working with MDF, use drywall screws to avoid splitting the MDF and be sure to countersink and predrill the entire length of the screw. Avoid fastening within 1″ of the ends of a board if you are using MDF to prevent splitting. Use glue unless otherwise directed. Use necessary safety precautions and equipment. The box of this cabinet is built with 1x16s (read here on how to get a 1×16). You can also use 1 1×12 width or even a 1×10 width (for a console size, especially if you are using this as a flat panel media console and space is at a premium).


Step 1

Box Partitions Begin by marking out all the joints on both sides of the boards as shown above. Don’t forget that the boards are 3/4″ thick. Then beginning on the bottom partition (yellow) attach the green partition. Now attach the yellow boards to the purple. Finally, attach the blue boards to the purple. Use 2″ screws and glue. Remember, you can click on images to see a full size view.

Step 2

Finish the Box Begin by marking joints on both sides of the boards. Then attach with 2″ screws and glue the top to the top partitions. Then attach the sides to all of the shelves and the top, ash shown above.

Step 3

Back Cut your 1/4″ plywood as shown above. Then use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to attach the back to the box. Don’t forget to fasten to all of the partitions and shelves. Make sure your project is nice and square before attaching the back. The measurements shown here are slightly different from the cut list because I choose to make the cabinet slightly taller for drawer reasons, but either measurement would work just fine.

Step 4

Top Using 1 1/4″ screws and glue, fasten the top boards to the top. Notice that there is a 1″ overhang on the front and the sides, but the back rests flush with the back edge of the sides.

Step 5

Step 6

Footer, Front Using 1 1/4″ Screws or nails and glue, fasten the front footer to the pieces from step 5. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 7

Drawers and Doors: Click here for Part 2 


Jenessa (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 23:26

this one needs a love button! i'm itching to start building, but we're getting ready to move in the next few weeks (military never knows exact date, of course). but i'll have plenty of room to build. DH is hot on getting our son a new bed (i'm trying to figure out what's wrong with what he has now... "it's not a big boy bed" what?), so i think that'll be my first project. thank you so much for taking the time and being so wonderful with sharing all your plans. you are flipping fantastic!

elei (not verified)

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 23:35

LOOOOOOOOOOVE this!! Apothecary consoles always remind me of that episode of friends where Rachel gets one ... from Pottery Barn and plays it off to Phoebe that itʻs vintage. Phoebe is devastated when she finds out it was from PB...LOL!!! Love this...thanks.

Carla (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 00:16

With your redesigned larger interior spaces instead of the small apothecary drawers, I can also see this easily becoming a media center with a few holes for cords drilled in the back as needed. You're amazing, Ana!

tammy (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 01:01

I have been looking for something to put in my foyer. I think this will be just perfect!!! Thanks !!!

Chrystal (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 01:55

Ooohhh! I am so excited! I acutally have the wood for this project already cut and in my garage! Your blog has inspired me so much that I made up my own plans for this based on some of your other projects! Glad to see that I was on track ~ I'll send pictures soon! Thanks~and~go to sleep right now!

Bobishi (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 02:05

Oh my gosh! I love it! Perfect for as a TV unit... many are really low and are too "accessible" to our house bunny! YAY for high shelves!:)
I wanna build it right now!
Thanks Ana! You're the best!

Mychelle (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 02:30

Love it! Can't wait until I am "advanced" enough to build it. I think I need to buy a pickup truck so I can haul all the wood home for my projects. :-) I just have to say I can't believe PB charges $1,000 and they can't even bother to put hidden hinges on the thing to maintain the illusion of a real apothecary cabinet. I looked at their photos and the first thing I saw wasn't how cool it was, but those darned hinges ruining (my opinion, of course) the look. I just love the apothecary furniture and can't wait to get myself set up to build.

Thanks Ana!

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