Rustic X Console Table

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:08
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Build the super popular Rustic X Console Table.  This easy woodworking project has been built thousands of times and loved the world over.  Its made of construction lumber (yes, 2x4s!) and the plans are easy to follow.  Free step by step plans from Ana-White.com.

Also in this Collection: Rustic X Coffee Table Plans, Rustic X End Table Plans and Rustic X Bench Plans

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This beautiful rustic X console was built by Hillary from The Friendly Home.  I encourage you to take a second to stop over to The Friendly Home and read more about Hillary building this console, the finish she used, and the story behind those beautiful quilts!

 

Dimensions
rustic x bench plans dimensions diagram
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 6 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 3 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 – 1x12 @ 12 feet long
  • 3 – 2x6 @ stud length or 8 feet
  • Corner hardware/decorative bolts
  • 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws
  • 2 1/2" screws
Cut List
  • 12 – 2x2 @ 30”
  • 6 – 2x4 @ 28 1/2"
  • 2 – 1x12 @ 63 1/2"
  • 5 – 2x4 @ 11 1/4"
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 11 1/4"
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 22 1/2" (long point to short point, ends parallel, cut at 60 degrees off square)
  • 4 – 2x2 @ 11 1/4" (longest point to shortest point, long end cut at 60 degrees off square, short point cut at 30 degrees off square, angles are in same direction)
  • 3 – 2x6 @ 74 1/2"
Cutting Instructions

NOTE: If your saw does not cut 60 degrees off square, you will need to mark cuts with an angle square or compass/protractor and cut angles with circular saw or jigsaw. Practice this cut first on scraps!

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

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!

Instructions

Step 1

First build two frames as shown in diagram.

Step 2

Then attach frames to shelves. NOTE: I recommend drilling 3/4" pocket holess with Kreg Jig around all sides of each shelf for attaching all shelf trim with 1 1/4" Pocket Hole screws later on.

Step 3

2x4 end supports need to be the same width as your 1x12 boards - expected to be 11 1/4" wide. Measure the width of your 1x12s and cut the 2x4 supports to match this width.

Attach to frames and shelves. For attaching to frames, use 1-1/2" pocket holes with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 4

Add trim to the shelf.

Step 5

The X can be cut by just placing the uncut board alongside it's permanent position, and marking the overlap with a pencil, and then cutting the pencil lines with a circular saw or jigsaw.

First do the longer piece, then place inside the project, but don't attach yet.

The figure the smaller piece cuts and make those cuts.

Fit the smaller pieces in the project, and trace where they need to be joined to the larger piece.

Remove all pieces and attach the smaller pieces to the longer piece.

Then place the entire X inside the opening and attach.

Step 6

And then add the top. You can build top first with 1 1/2" pocket holes and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and then attach to top through 2x4/2x2 aprons or just plank the top for a rustic look - it's up to you.

TIP: Just use your 2 1/2" pocket hole screws to attach the top so you don't have to go out and buy more 2 1/2" screws.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.

Comments

Hillary (not verified)

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 10:14

Drill pocket holes into the underside of the shelf where it lines up with the legs and the 2x2 face frame. If you decide not to use pocket holes, then countersink screws from the legs and the face frame into the middle shelf. I would definitely recommend pocket holes. Once you watch the video that comes with the kreg jig (or on the Kreg website) you'll see how easy it is.

Brooke smith (not verified)

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 07:37

Update: I ended up making my x's crosses! It was a gift for my preachers wife and it came to me after I went to bed that why don't I just make them straight edged crosses? They looked awesome :)
I will try to post a picture if I can figure that out hahaa

Bebe Gaddy (not verified)

Sun, 11/04/2012 - 05:57

I would like to use this same idea but as a 46" wide by 6 ft tall bookcase, How do I convert this and know how much wood I need? The room I'll put it in is old knotty pine so I want to try to match that finish. Any ideas will help. I have been after my husband to build bookcase for many years but I thought I would try to build it myself if I could get easy clear instructions. All help would be appreciated!! Thanks, Bebe

Ryan D (not verified)

Thu, 11/29/2012 - 07:03

This is a great table! I can't thank you enough for sharing your knowledge with the public. What a sense of accomplishment when someone who doesn't have any woodworking experience can build such a nice table. Quick question: I know you said you got the hex bolts from Lowe's and painted them... but how did you attach them? Did you just pre-drill a hole and screw them in? Did you use nuts on the reverse side and a washer in front? I'm worried I will strip the wood. They are just 1/2" x 1" right? Thanks again for all the help!!

campo3030

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:38

Thank you so much for posting your tutorial!! i just posted a concern about where to put the PH's for the shelves and your instructions were awesome!! Table looks great, thank you again.