Simple Rustic Modern Console Table

With just a few boards and a few minutes, you can build yourself a rustic modern console. Inspired by a photo from Better Homes and Gardens, this console can be modified for a drawer.


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Shopping List: 

2- 1 x 12 (8')

1 1/2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
hammer (can be substituted for brad nailer with a nail punch)
safety glasses
hearing protection
60" x 11 1/2" x 30"
Cut List: 

2 – 1×12 @ 29 1/4″ (sides)
1 – 1×12 @ 58 1/2″ (back)
1 – 1×12 @ 60″ (top)

Step 1: 

Mark boards out like shown in diagram.

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.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Fasten the top in place, keeping all outside edges flush, using glue and 2″ fasteners.

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omg! this is what i just told my hubby yesterday we needed for our stereo system! lol.. thank ana! it's like you're reading my mind on what we need in the house!

My little front entrance is dying for this. I'll have to make it a bit shorter, but I could put this baby together in no time! Perfect, thank you!

Hi Ana,
I'm in love with your site! Have you ever built a crib? My baby is due in july and I would love to see (and try to build) some baby furniture!

Enjoy your holidays and best luck with your TV show!


Go ahead and shorten the legs, just remember a standard bench height at the top is 18", so the legs would need to be 17 1/4" long.

Oh my gosh, I am absolutely in LOVE with this website! I'm always saying how I wish I could build things...and now I think I CAN! I think I'll start with this, but I have plans to make many many things on your website. THANK YOU!!!

Ana, you are awesome!! I can't wait to find time to starting building - like so many others, my wish list is getting quite long ;)
Is this piece sturdy enough to hold a small (20 gallon) aquarium? We just moved the aquarium out of my daughter's room and it's now sitting on a bookshelf that's way too high. this would be ther perfect first project for me.

Just to update, Hubby and I built this last night. It's a GREAT first project, super simple. Seriously it's so easy I felt like I was cheating! I'll post pics on the forum when I get the finishing done :-) Thank you!

Do I have to use a pocket hole jig for this project? It will be my very first, and I am looking for the simplest and least expensive method, but I also want a sturdy piece...

This is a simple build that does not require a pocket hole jig. Make sure you have a countersink bit, however, and don't pre-drill your holes RIGHT on the edge of the board. I think that was my  biggest mistake on my first builds. 

Would it be possible to shorten the length on this? I LOVE this table but need something that isn't any longer then 40".

Thanks Maria

I've never done anything like this before but I've always wanted to. I'm just a little confused... the plans call for screws, nails and pocket hold screws but then it doesn't really tell you when to use them. Can somebody clarify how many screws I'll need and where to use each type?


Could you please clarify the width of wood used, I'm in Australia and the materials list says 2-1x 12 (8"). Not sure what that means, I'm feeling a little silly for asking but oh well :)

Hello and don't feel silly. It actually says 8' which means 8 feet (in length), while 8" would mean 8 inches. You probably use metric, and my apologies, I don't know the conversion.

The bigger problem is that lumber is specified differently in North American than in Australia. A 1x12 is one inch thick and 12 inches wide when rough. Final dimensions after surfacing will be 3/4" thick and 11 1/2" wide. That's the dimension you'll pick up at the lumber dealer.

In the event local products are specified in metric units, you might consider picking up a tape measure and a rule that measure in both units. I have one of each and it makes it a lot easier to build from metric plans.

Sorry if this is naive, but could you define surfacing for me? I guess I'm confused why the dimensions say it's 30" high when at 29 1/4" and another 1" on top it wouldn't be 30 1/4?

Thank you both for your replies, I appreciate it :) I'm off to the hardware store today to get my timber to start this project. Wis me luck!

I would like to tackle this as my first project. I would also, however, like to have the shelf to hold the baskets. It is in the picture but does not seem to be part of the plan. Could someone help me know how to incorporate it?

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