Free easy DIY plans to build a Apothecary Console, featuring two doors and shelves, with apothecary style false fronts. Inspired by Pottery Barn Andover Console table, build your own with these step by step plans and save.
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1x10 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1/2 sheet 1/4" plywood (grab a full sheet if you use 1/4" plywood for the door faces)
1 - 1/2 sheet of 1/2" thick hardwood plywood (look in hobby wood section of Lowes)
12 feet of 1x6 boards, 1/4" thick stock (look in hobby section of Lowes, or you could use 1/4" plywood from the back cut into 5 1/2" widths)
20 Knobs or handles
2 sets Euro Style inset hinges (see last step)
2 - 1x12 @ 35 1/4" (Sides)
2 - 1x12 @ 35 1/2" (Top/Bottom)
1 - 1x12 @ 32 1/4" (Center)
4 - 1x10 @ 17 3/8" (Shelves)
1 - 1x2 @ 35 1/2" (Footer)
5 - 1x3 @ 35 1/2" (Decorative Top)
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 35 1/4" x 37" (Back)
2 - 1/2" Plywood @ 32" x 17 1/8"
20 - 1/4" thick, 5 1/2" wide hobby stock boards @ 8 1/8" OR 20 pieces of 1/4" plywood (leftover from back) @ 5 1/2" x 8 1/8"
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
I've included pocket holes for Kreg Jig users. But certainly, you can (and I did for many years) build with glue and screws or a finish nailer. You will want to use 2" fasteners and check for square after each step. Build the box as shown above.
Carefully cut the 1/2" plywood doors and fit to the openings. There should be approximately a 1/8" gap on all sides, and the doors sit inset. Once satisfied, layout the faces and glue down. Clamp and let dry. If you have 5/8" nails, tack down as well - but remember, all those knobs aren't letting those faces go anywhere.
The best hinges to use with these cabinet doors (and easiest to install) are these:
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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