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

mainman38

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 22:06

Can someone point me in the right direction where to get the decorative bolts and the corner brackets in black or any decorative type of color.

karejensen

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 08:50

I saw someone else posted their project and they said this: "For the hardware, I used 4" L-brackets and bolts sprayed with Rustoleum hammered spray paint." I hear you can find these at most hardware stores but many times they are not black. Good luck finding the black ones. Maybe they can be ordered in by your local big box store.

Jruffe

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 07:54

Hello ive been looking for a few days now, curious if i should just go to a homedepot or lowes not sure none of the saw mills around me have 2x2's or 2x6's, please help thanks
jon

campo3030

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:33

Hey everyone! i'm a novice at wood work and i plan to get started on this table once i get home from work. I just had a few question. one, i'm stumped on how many PH's to put on the shelves and the placement of the PH's. Also, has a video come out on how to assemble this table? I'd appreciate any additional info on the construction of this table to help me in any way possible. Thank you very much for your time, take care!

Derek

lscrandall

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 18:40

I just sold a piece in my hall way tonight that was to big for the area. I am going to replace that piece with this lovely find! Thank you so much for allowing me to use the plans! :-)

IansMama

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 13:01

I am going to attempt to build this with my Dad, after we purchase a kreg jig. He believes that we need three pocket screws on each section of trim that attaches to the shelves ending in approx 44 pocket screws without even starting the top. I feel this is over kill when I'm only using it to hold pictures and light things. Since this set of plans does not seem to have a pic of exactly where she placed her screws, can anyone tell me what their opinion is?

karejensen

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 08:27

I'm dying to know where you can find these corner guards. I can't find them anywhere online. Maybe I'm searching the wrong description. Any help anyone can give me would be great!

Thank you!