Rustic X Console

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 09:08
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Build a rustic X console! Free step by step plans from Ana-White.com!

Hi everyone!

Did you have a good weekend?

I can't tell you more about my weekend just yet other than the fact that I'm pretty darn sore. A DIY life sure keeps you in shape, doesn't it?

I'll give you a hint - it has to do with 2x4s.

Lots of 2x4s.

Speaking of 2x4s - aren't they awesome????  So sturdy and strong and cheap, and for today's plan, beautiful!

Yep, those are 2x4 legs!!!!

My friend Hillary from The Friendly Home has been asking for plans for a substantially sized X Console like this one from another friend of mine's home - Kate from Centsational Girl:

Hillary and I worked really hard on this design to get it JUST right.  She wanted something a little more rustic, and I had received numerous other plan requests for an X console inspired by Pottery Barn's Belmont Buffet.  

And this is what we came up with!  Now I say we as in I just drew a plan up.  Hillary took a simple plan made up of 2x4s, 2x2s, 2x6s and 1x12s and turned it into a heirloom piece filled with heirlooms.

Like the beautiful handmade console, each of those quilts has a story too.  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
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" PHs with Kreg Jig around all sides of each shelf for attaching all shelf trim with 1 1/4" PH screws later on.

Step 3

2x4 supports need to be the same width as your 1x12 boards - expected to be 11 1/4" wide. Attach to frames and shelves. For attaching to frames, use 2 1/2" PH screws through 1 1/2" PHs.

Step 4

And then just trim out sides of shelves.

Step 5

Step 6

And then add the top! You can build top first with 1 1/2" PHs and 2 1/2" PH 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" PH screw 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

inferno831

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 13:09

Can someone that has already made this "oxidized stain" using steel wool and vinegar help me out?!

So I followed the instructions provided on the comments above and took a pillow of 0000 steel wool, ripped it up and pushed it into a gallon jug of white vinegar. So my question is this... How long should it take for the steel wool to disolve? I've had this jug of vinegar and steel wool for 4 days now and cant tell a bit of difference. Should the cap be closed or open. I have it open currently; although I had it closed for the first day until I read where the cap should be loose. I just finished building the Big Ur table from this site and am dying to stain it to look weathered, so Im hoping somone can help.

JBWilliams

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:19

Did you receive any feedback about creating the stain? How long did the process take to complete? Were you happy with your results? I am going to start this and am curious how it will go. Thank you!!!

inferno831

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:16

No one ever responded, but I can tell you that I figured out the problem and it all had to do with me being patient.

I took an entire pillow of steel wool and pushed it down into a gallon jug of vinegar and for several days I didnt even notice a change in the steel wool or the vinegar. Around the 5th day, I thought I had noticed a change, but it was so subtle that I coundn't tell for sure (which is about when I posted my question to this site). Then honestly... I forgot about the jug and went onto another project and came back about a week later and that's when I noticed that the steel wool had completely dissolved. I've since tested it on several species of wood, all with different wait times before wiping off the excess and each time results are vastly different. So make sure that you test on similar wood to the project you'll be building.

Long story short... it does work... looks great when applied... but takes a little more than a week to be ready for use.

Good Luck.

inferno831

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:16

No one ever responded, but I can tell you that I figured out the problem and it all had to do with me being patient.

I took an entire pillow of steel wool and pushed it down into a gallon jug of vinegar and for several days I didnt even notice a change in the steel wool or the vinegar. Around the 5th day, I thought I had noticed a change, but it was so subtle that I coundn't tell for sure (which is about when I posted my question to this site). Then honestly... I forgot about the jug and went onto another project and came back about a week later and that's when I noticed that the steel wool had completely dissolved. I've since tested it on several species of wood, all with different wait times before wiping off the excess and each time results are vastly different. So make sure that you test on similar wood to the project you'll be building.

Long story short... it does work... looks great when applied... but takes a little more than a week to be ready for use.

Good Luck.

ladams1221

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 08:27

I sometimes wrestle with awkward or heavy pieces when trying to attach them using PH screws. It makes the job easier if you first glue, then tack in place using a pneumatic finish nailer, then drive the PH screws for a permanent & very strong joint. Just be careful not to drive the nails where the PH screws will be going.

snomii

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 12:13

Owning my first home, I'm a real novice when it comes to wood-working. But I do have a knack for it, so I can't wait to give my hammer hands a go! This console is exactly what I was looking for for my newly renovated kitchen! Thank you for posting it. I can't wait to try it!! I'm blogging about my kitchen reno, and posted about this... that's how excited I am!!

somiskitchen.blogspot.com

Wade Arthur

Thu, 10/03/2013 - 08:48

I have drilled out all of the PH 3/4 of an inch around the outside of the shelves. When I did a test on a 1x12 scrap piece of wood to see how far the 1 1/4 inch screw went though. The screw came out the other side of the wood less then 3/16. Any help on what i am doing wrong?

dfreedman

Sat, 11/02/2013 - 23:59

Ana, where can I pick up the decorative hardware such as the corner hardware and decorative bolts??? Very cool plan, looking to build the X console, two end tables, and the coffee table for our living room. Thanks in advance.