Shanty Open Shelf Console

tall open shelf console table
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Why We Built this Console Table

My friend Whitney from Shanty2Chic loved the Cyndi Console Plans, but wanted something a little taller.  So she modified the plans and came up with this!  

And of course, we had to share the new plans with you!  I love this little console - it could work in any room of the home and store soooo much!  

Here's from Whitney: "I LOVE my new table! I needed a little height in this part of my kitchen and this baby fit the bill. I love DIY... I love that I don't have to shop around forever, and spend a ton of money to get a piece that fits my home. I can build it myself! Thanks so much for working with me on this one Ana!"


Want to build it too?  Of course, we've got the plans right below, but please, first take a second and check out tons more photos and building tips in Whitney's post over at Shanty2Chic.  




console table plans with baskets
Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List
  • 1 sheet 3/4" plywood cut into strips 11 1/4" wide (Whitney used PureBond Formaldehyde Free Plywood) or you can use 3 - 1x12 boards @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 6 feet long
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 2 - 1x3 @ 6 feet long
  • 1/4 plywood (Whitney used PureBond) for back and door backs
  • Recommend pocket hole construction with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws
  • 1" and 1 1/4" brad nails for attaching face frame and 1/4" plywood
Cut List

Sides - 2- 1x12 @ 39 1/4"

Top - 1- 1x12 @ 39 1/2"

Bottom Shelf - 1- 1x12 @ 36" (I positioned this shelf where the top of the shelf is 7 3/4" from the top of the cabinet)

Center Divider - 1- 1x12 @ 35 3/4"

Shelves under baskets - 2 - 1x12 @ 17 5/8"

Footer Front - 1- 1x4 @ 39"

Footer sides - 2 - 1x4 @ 11 1/4"

Front Trim - 3 - 1x2 @ 35 3/4"

Top front - 1- 1x2 @ 39 1/2"

Doors - Whitney used 1x3 for the doors.

Door tops - 16 1/4"

Door Sides - 21 1/4" 1/4"

PureBond for the doors at 16"x26"

Optional shelves on inside from scraps. If you use the 1x12 it will need to be cut down about an inch to make room for the flush doors.

Back - 1/4" PureBond @ 37 1/2 x 39"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
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!


Step 1

Build the box first. I recommend using 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 2

Attach back with glue and finish nails. Attach to center divider and all fixed shelves.

Step 3

Attach footer sides with finish nails and glue.

Step 4

I recommend building face frame first with pocket holes, then attaching completed face frame to front of cabinet with glue and finish nails.

Step 5

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.



Tue, 08/06/2013 - 20:14

This weekend I took the plans from the SHANTY OPEN SHELF CONSOLE and modified it to become a wine cabinet. This wine cabinet is being donated to a local children's charity (United Services for Children) for their big auction night on August 17th here in St Charles Missouri. We hope the piece brings their school the much needed funds. Thank you Ana for providing a plan I could modify in a weekend to get this piece completed! You are awesome!!! PS - The momplex is looking great!


Tue, 10/22/2013 - 13:44

Step 4 shows trim for the bottoms of the open shelves (2 - 16 1/2" pieces), but I don't see that on the cut list. Is it not supposed to be trimmed there or was it maybe left out?


Wed, 11/18/2015 - 14:59

What kind of wood do you suggest using for the 1x2, 1x3, 1x4? Are furring strips ok or not for this kind of project? It's my first build and I plan on painting it.

Ana White Admin

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 12:23

I'd go with pine or doug fir and stir away from firring strips for this project. 


Fri, 01/08/2016 - 18:46

We have a slab of granite in our garage that would make the perfect top for this cabinet.  Are there any adjustments that I would need to make in order to use the granite for the top?  It's pretty heavy.  Also, would I be able to use casters on the bottom, or should I leave it as is if I'm going to use the granite?