Reminiscent of an old workbench, this rustic console table can be used as a bar or console table. Matching hutch plans also available.
Image from Amanda. I totally got outbuilt :)
I'm only showing you this first
So you don't get mad at me for showing you this. (Grace found the Caribou Antler on our last camping trip. We've got piles of antler sheds, but this one is my favorite because Grace found it and it's almost like an organic sculpture).
I built this workbench and hutch for a contribution to HGTV, so you will have to wait a bit for the hutch plans. But I kept the workbench console plans just for you.
I am always amazed at the simple beauty of regular old boards. Shown here is stud grade 2x6s with Minwax Early American Stain.
And I forgot to pick up a towel bar last time I was in the big city, so yes, that is our TP holder :) Don't laugh at me, when you live in rural Alaska, you just gotta make do with what you have.
I held off on delivering these plans because I couldn't figure out how to make building these legs easy to do. And I was seconds from pulling out the bandsaw (which I'm not joking when I say we do use it to cut steaks with) when it occured to me that my mitersaw would do the trick. Can't wait to show you in the plans just how.
Oh, and yes, this is an easy to build project. I built it entirely with my Kreg jig, drill and mitersaw, and spent about 3 hours total on it. Including the stain.
6 – 2×4, 8 feet long
1 – 1×6, 8 feet long
1 – 1×12, 4 feet long
2 – 1×3, 8 feet long
2 – 1×4, 8 feet long
1 – 2×2, 4 feet long
1 – 2×6, 8 feet or stud length
2 1/2″ Wood Screws
2″ Pocket Hole Screws
1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
2″ Finish Nails
2″ Wood Screws
2 – 2×4 @ 19 1/2″ (Top, Feet)
2 – 2×4 @ 21 1/2″ (Bottom, Feet)
4 – 1×4 @ 3 1/2″ (Feet “soles” )
4 – 1×4 @ 30 3/4″ (Leg Fronts and Backs)
4 – 1×3 @ 30 3/4″ (Leg Sides)
2 – 2×2 @ 13″ (Top of Legs Support)
2 – 1×4 @ 15 1/2″ (Bottom of Legs)
1 – 1×12 @ 48″ (Bottom of Shelf)
2 – 1×6 @ 11 1/2″ (Shelf Ends)
2 – 1×6 @ 49 1/2″ (Shelf Sides)
5 – 2×4 @ 61″ (Tabletop Boards)
1 – 2×4 @48 1/2″ (Tabletop Trim)
1 -2×4 @19″ (Tabletop Trim)
1 – 2×4 @64″ (Tabletop Trim)
1 – 2×4 @13″ (Tabletop Trim)
1 – 2×6 @ 4″ (Tabletop Trim)
1 – 2×6 @14″ (Tabletop Trim)
Cut the Feet
From the two 2x4s cut at 19 1/2″ long, cut the ends at 45 degree angles, so the long point to long point measurement remains 19 1/2″. Cut the two 2x4s 21 1/2″ long end off at 30 degrees off square so the long point to long point measurement remains at 21 1/2″ long. Line one of each board up, as shown above, and screw together with 2 1/2″ screws and glue. Sand the ends to rounded with coarse sandpaper. Then finish with medium and fine grits.
Nail or screw the feet soles to the bottoms of the feet. Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue or nails.
Build the Legs
Build the legs from 1x3s and 1x4s as shown above. Build four. I used Kreg Jig™ to build the legs from the insides, hiding my screw holes.
I choose to use an open leg for a few reasons. 4x4s are difficult for many people to find. If 4x4s are not dried properly, they can crack when brought inside. And using the open leg makes attaching the bottom shelf so much easier. But you can use 4x4s instead of the open legs, just add a 1×4 to top and bottom, instead of the 2×2 on top, and make the legs 30″ long. (shown below)
Leg Supports, Top and Bottom
Screw the leg bottom support to the legs and the top support to the legs with 2″ screws and glue.
I used the Kreg Jig™ to attach the sides to the bottom shelf. I used 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Screw the 1×6 to the 1×12 as shown above.
Attach the sides to the bottom and ends as shown above. I used the Kreg Jig™ and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Drill pocket holes and join the tabletop boards with 2″ pocket hole screws.
Screw tabletop trim to the sides of the tabletop using 2 1/2″ screws and glue. Blue boards are 2x4s and green boards are 2x6s.
Screw the remaining 2x6to the front. Attach towel bar to this board.
Use 2 1/2″ screws to screw supports to top, joining the base to the top.
Finish as desired. I used Minwax Early American.