Simple Rustic Modern Console Table

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 02/19/2020 - 13:55
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Build your own rustic modern console table!  This easy to tackle DIY project just uses a few boards and you can nail it all together.  Free step by step plans from

simple console table plans

Build your own console table.  This easy to build plan uses off the shelf boards - so just chop, and nail together!

Why We Love It

  • Perfect console table height
  • Three large cubbies fit most standard baskets and bins less than 16" wide x 11" deep x 10" tall 
  • Solid wood design is easy to stain for a beautiful wood accent
  • Narrow design fits in most halls or entryways
  • Easy to build with basic tools and off the shelf materials

Baskets that Fit

We designed this console table to fit most standard bins or baskets designed for closet shelving.

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Simple Modern Console Table Plans

The free plans for this console table follow.  

simple modern console table plans

dimensions of console table
51" wide x 11-1/4" deep x 30" tall


Shopping List

2 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long (whitewood or spruce boards are fine)

1 - 1x10 @ 10 feet long

1-1/4" brad nails or 1-1/4" pocket hole screws if using a Kreg Jig

wood glue

Cut List
  • 2 – 1×12 @ 29-1/4″ - legs 
  • 1 – 1×12 @ 49-1/2″ - shelf
  • 2 - 1x12 @ 10" - dividers
  • 1 – 1×12 @ 51″ - top
  • 2 - 1x10 @ 49-1/2" - inside back
Cutting Instructions
  • From first 1x12, cut the top, one leg, and one divider
  • From second 1x12, cut the shelf, one leg and one divider
  • Cut both 1x10 pieces from the 1x10 board
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Attach the top to the legs with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue or use your Kreg Jig on the 3/4" setting with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Place the two dividers inside the project on the ends as shown, do NOT attach.

Place shelf on top.

Attach shelf to the legs using the same method as you used to attach the top.

Step 3

Move the dividers inward 16".

Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Step 4

Apply glue to all four edges of the first 1x10 and place inside the shelf.

Avoid glue drying on the bare wood as it will not be stainable later.  Wipe off with a wet cloth as soon as possible.

Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue from sides and from top.

Apply glue to the second 1x10 ends and place in the project.

Nail from sides to attach.



Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:00

I have never built anything before and would like to start with this. I read through the plan, but I feel unclear where the screw or nails goes. For example step 2 says 

Step 2 Instructions: 

Using either screws or nails, 2″ length, fasten the sides to the back. You will need to predrill and countersink you screws. Use glue. Keep the top and back edges flush. 

It says to fasten sides to back but not where and the diagram only shows measurements not where or how many screws or nails are needed. Or is this just use best judgment on how many and where? Thanks so much and sorry if this is obvious. 

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