Workbench Console

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 09/20/2010 - 03:00
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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.

Dimensions are shown above. Composition is pine boards


Shopping List

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
Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies
Towel Bar

Cut List

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)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Power Sander


Step 1

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.

Step 2

Feet Soles

Nail or screw the feet soles to the bottoms of the feet. Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue or nails.

Step 3

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)

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Step 6

Bottom Shelf

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.

Step 7

Shelf Sides

Attach the sides to the bottom and ends as shown above. I used the Kreg Jig™ and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Step 8


Drill pocket holes and join the tabletop boards with 2″ pocket hole screws.

Step 9

Tabletop Trim

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.

Step 10

Final Trim

Screw the remaining 2x6to the front. Attach towel bar to this board.

Step 11


Use 2 1/2″ screws to screw supports to top, joining the base to the top.

Finish as desired. I used Minwax Early American.

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chrisandpatience (not verified)

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 03:35

This really looks amazing. I just wish i had a place for it. I might just build it for the heck of it and give it away. I do the same with all my wine corks. Nice job Ana, you keep topping yourself. Cant wait to see whats next

KaraHart (not verified)

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 06:22

YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!!!!! I'm SO excited that you posted these!! There's a wall in my kitchen that has been sitting empty just WAITING for these plans. I actually told my hubs this weekend that I needed to go to PB to SEE one so I could figure out how to build it. You are so awesome...thank you!!! Yours looks absolutely amazing...great job with the finishing work! We all know your building is going to be impeccable :-)!!

jennhoff (not verified)

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 07:22

Wow, Ana, that is seriously gorgeous! I gasped when I first saw it and I thought it was from a magazine. I love how you decorated it, too!

Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified)

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 08:22

Ana - If you have piles of shed antlers, why not cut them up and use them for the towel holder? It's not as though the caribou or moose are going to be coming back for them and there is a limit to the number of rod and gun racks a house needs, even in Alaska.

The shed base makes a nicely textured pull, and various prongs and branchings make good robe hooks and larger drawer pulls.

jmomof3 (not verified)

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 13:53

Hi Ana. What a great idea that you are thinking about a writing career. You really have what it takes to attract readers. I have been mesmerized by your blog for the last week now.
About a year ago, I started thinking about becoming a writer. I did some research, I decided that the best thing to do would be to create my own website and sell ebooks from it. Then I ran into a big snag because I couldn't figure out how to make my website visible on the Google search engine. That's what amazes me, Ana. How did you make your blog so easy to find? I typed in "woodworking projects" on Google search and your blog came right up. I would love to know how you did that.
I think that right now, while you've got so many readers' attention, you should put all of your ideas into an ebook and sell the ebook from your blog. I would love to buy such an ebook from you right now. Searching your website is slow, because I have to wait for each page to load. The more information you add, the harder it is to navigate. An ebook can be better-organized and can be navigated and searched very quickly. It can contain hundreds of pages and as many color photos as you want. It is very cheap to produce, almost free, and unlike print books which cost at least $7 per book, and cost way more with color photos.

Loni (not verified)

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 14:16

Thank you so much! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! And Beautiful set up you have there! Makes me wish the deer out here commonly had large racks :)