This beautiful apothecary console features three open cubbies perfect for storing entertainment controllers, four drawers and two cabinets, all concealed by door fronts that look like an apothecary cabinet. Loved by so many, this console is easy to build and can add that touch of character to your family room.
2 – Sheets of 3/4″ MDF or Plywood, cut into 15 1/2″ wide strips, 8′ Long
1 – 1/4″ Plywood or Lauan or MDF (for the back)
1 – 12′ 1×6 AND 1- 8′ 1×6 Boards
2 – 1×2 Boards
1 1/4″ Screws
Wood Filler and Finishing Supplies
3 – 1×16 @ 61 1/2″ (Shelves)
2 – 1×16 @ 16 1/4″ (Bottom Dividers)
2 – 1×16 @ 14 3/4″ (Drawer Dividers)
2 – 1×16 @ 7″ (Top Dividers)
2- 1×16 @ 27″ (Sides)
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 63 x 27″ (Back)
3 – 1×6 @ 65″ (Top)
1 – 1×2 @ 61 1/2″ (Inset front footer)
2 – 1×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Side Footer)
1 – 1×2 @ 64 1/2″ (Front Footer)
Remember, you can click on images to see a larger view. Work on a clean level surface. Take a square of your project after each step. Use good straight boards. Mark out joints on both sides before fastening. If you are working with MDF, use drywall screws to avoid splitting the MDF and be sure to countersink and predrill the entire length of the screw. Avoid fastening within 1″ of the ends of a board if you are using MDF to prevent splitting. Use glue unless otherwise directed. Use necessary safety precautions and equipment. The box of this cabinet is built with 1x16s (read here on how to get a 1×16). You can also use 1 1×12 width or even a 1×10 width (for a console size, especially if you are using this as a flat panel media console and space is at a premium).
Begin by marking out all the joints on both sides of the boards as shown above. Don’t forget that the boards are 3/4″ thick. Then beginning on the bottom partition (yellow) attach the green partition. Now attach the yellow boards to the purple. Finally, attach the blue boards to the purple. Use 2″ screws and glue. Remember, you can click on images to see a full size view.
Cut your 1/4″ plywood as shown above. Then use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to attach the back to the box. Don’t forget to fasten to all of the partitions and shelves. Make sure your project is nice and square before attaching the back. The measurements shown here are slightly different from the cut list because I choose to make the cabinet slightly taller for drawer reasons, but either measurement would work just fine.
Drawers and Doors: Click here for Part 2