Easy console plans from Ana-White.com
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 1/4" and 2" finish nails (can also use screws or pocket hole screws)
4 - 1x3 @ 29 1/4" (legs)
4 - 1x2 @ 29 1/4" (legs)
2 - 1x4 @ 10" (top aprons - ends)
2 - 1x3 @ 10" (bottom aprons - ends)
2 - 1x4 @ 28" (top aprons - front/back)
4 - 1x3 @ 29 1/2" (bottom shelf)
1 - 1x2 @ 10" (bottom shelf support)
3 - 1x2 @ 8 1/2" (top support)
4 - 1x4 @ 36" (top)
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!
Start by building the four legs. Keep the outside edges as flush as possilbe as you nail the 1x3 to the 1x2.
TIP: I place a 1 1/2" thick block under the 1x3 to help support the 1x3 as I nail to the 1x2, and will use clamps to hold everything in place. Wood will move as you go down the joint - make it do what you tell it to!
With the legs done, position them so the 1x3s are to the front and back, and the 1x2s are to the ends. Then attach aprons and bottom stretcher to the legs.
Next, add the top aprons. Remember, when you use nails, you MUST use glue.
Postition your 1x3 bottoms helf boards on the bottom shelf and nail to the bottom stretcher. Apply glue between each of the bottom shelf boards and clamp or hurry up and do step 5.
NOTE: Pocket hole users will want to build the bottom shelf first with pocket holes and then attach the completed shelf to the bottom.
These supports will help you attach the top. Nail in place with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.
Start with the center 1x4s and attach from underneath, with equal overhangs on the ends. Then work outsare and attach the outer 1x4s, keeping ends flush. Flip console over and nail through top into legs and aprons. Make sure you apply glue to all joints if using nails.
Pocket hole users: build top first with 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
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.