Apothecary Console

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Apothecary Console

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.

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Shopping List: 

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
2″ Screws
1 1/4″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler and Finishing Supplies

120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

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).

Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.
Cut List: 

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)

Step 1: 

Box Partitions
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.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Finish the Box
Begin by marking joints on both sides of the boards. Then attach with 2″ screws and glue the top to the top partitions. Then attach the sides to all of the shelves and the top, ash shown above.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Back
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.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Top
Using 1 1/4″ screws and glue, fasten the top boards to the top. Notice that there is a 1″ overhang on the front and the sides, but the back rests flush with the back edge of the sides.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Footer
Begin the footer by attaching the green 1×2 above inset and flush with the face of the cabinet. Use 2″ screws or nails and glue, fastening from both the sides and the bottom shelf. Then fasten the side footer, shown in blue, to the sides as shown above.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Footer, Front
Using 1 1/4″ Screws or nails and glue, fasten the front footer to the pieces from step 5. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Drawers and Doors: Click here for Part 2

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Comments

this one needs a love button! i'm itching to start building, but we're getting ready to move in the next few weeks (military never knows exact date, of course). but i'll have plenty of room to build. DH is hot on getting our son a new bed (i'm trying to figure out what's wrong with what he has now... "it's not a big boy bed" what?), so i think that'll be my first project. thank you so much for taking the time and being so wonderful with sharing all your plans. you are flipping fantastic!

LOOOOOOOOOOVE this!! Apothecary consoles always remind me of that episode of friends where Rachel gets one ... from Pottery Barn and plays it off to Phoebe that itʻs vintage. Phoebe is devastated when she finds out it was from PB...LOL!!! Love this...thanks.

With your redesigned larger interior spaces instead of the small apothecary drawers, I can also see this easily becoming a media center with a few holes for cords drilled in the back as needed. You're amazing, Ana!

Ooohhh! I am so excited! I acutally have the wood for this project already cut and in my garage! Your blog has inspired me so much that I made up my own plans for this based on some of your other projects! Glad to see that I was on track ~ I'll send pictures soon! Thanks~and~go to sleep right now!

Oh my gosh! I love it! Perfect for as a TV unit... many are really low and are too "accessible" to our house bunny! YAY for high shelves!:)
I wanna build it right now!
Thanks Ana! You're the best!

Love it! Can't wait until I am "advanced" enough to build it. I think I need to buy a pickup truck so I can haul all the wood home for my projects. :-) I just have to say I can't believe PB charges $1,000 and they can't even bother to put hidden hinges on the thing to maintain the illusion of a real apothecary cabinet. I looked at their photos and the first thing I saw wasn't how cool it was, but those darned hinges ruining (my opinion, of course) the look. I just love the apothecary furniture and can't wait to get myself set up to build.

Thanks Ana!

I love all your stuff, but I am particularly excited about this post! I love the look of an apothecary cabinet, and I actually considered spending the $XXXX PB charges for their version. Just Monday, I also considered spending $XXXX for a real apothecary cabinet at an antique mall. I am THRILLED (imagine even bigger font) to see that I can build the look I want. Thank you forever for these plans!!

This would make a PERFECT media cabinet.
I'm not going to be building this in my tiny apartment any time soon, but I think it's LOVELY.
Also I'm digging the new layout, very clean looks great.

OHHHHH Ana!! You read my mind! I was drooling over this console the other day while looking thru the new PB catalog. Thanks so much...
YOUR THE GREATEST!

I was wishing over one on Craigslist the other day, too, thinking that wouldn't be something I could build. Then my husband said "You can't actually store anything in one of those because the drawers are too small." My hopes were dashed--until NOW!!! Thank you, Ana! You are incredible.

I LOVE it! I actually HAD to do a post on my blog about this peice and link to you and here a tid bit of what I said:

I have had this love/slight obsession with anything and everything apothecary for as along as I can remember! I believe it stemmed from a friends episode with Rachael buying an apothecary table at Pottery Barn and Phebe flipping out when she realized where it was from. I have been enamoured since that episode! And I find it kind of ironic how that episode was about Pottery Barn and Ana with Knock-Off Wood was threatened by PB! I'm chuckling...

Seriously, in love! Thanks for all your hard work and sharing your talent!

OH-MY-GOSH! You have been reading my mind, haven't you? I have been wanting one of these for what seems like forever. Just the other day, I was looking through a magazine, saw one and thought "Gosh, I wonder if I should request these plans on KOW?" And todaaaaaaaaaaay, here it is!

Thank you ever so much for this super perfect hack! You rock!

I saw this and thought it would be an awesome media cabinet too! Great minds I guess. I haven't built anything yet, but there a tons of things that I want to build and this guy is on the list!

Yes, definitely a LOVE button! I opened your blog only to gasp and sigh all at the same time. I'm not on facebook so here is a LOVE,LOVE,LOVE button from me. I need a kitchen buffet and this will work perfectly to hold (not dishes!) but my kid's art supplies so they are on hand, but out of the way. I too think of "Friends" and smile. Thank you Ana! I can't wait to attempt my very first project!

Ana,
It is so hard to choose! Our house is really just a blank slate because we have just gutted the place. Everytime I think I am ready to start building some more stuff, you post another plan and I rethink the entire design of our rooms!!! To many wonderful ideas!!!

Meredith

this is great! i am going to chop the top cubbies off and make it just the 'tiny drawers' and it will be the new media console that i wanted! well after i finish my other projects anyway, but its on my list!!thank you ana!

LOVE this project! Ok DH and I are doing this, as well as some patio chairs! Thank you so much for drawing up plans for this project! :)

I am LOVING this! I am making the farmhouse bed this weekend and was going to make the other dresser you have posted but now definitely considering this as my dresser instead. Love it!

I have been following KOW for a while now and love everything that is posted, but today... TODAY, I found the item that I've been dreaming of! Our old (circa 1995) 27" TV went on the blink but the new flat-screens won't fit in our custom entertainment center (which was made by my Dad to fit the 27" TV), so we've put off buying a new flat-screen. Now that I've found this media console, I can see a new TV in our future! Thank you Ana for everything you do and post here. It's just a fantastic thing to do!

I was just thinking TWO days ago how much I loved the idea of an apothecary style cabinet for DVD/CD storage! YOU READ MY MIND!!! I love the plans ... and even more ... I LOVE THE LAYOUT of the page!! Very visually friendly. :D Thanks a bunch! I can't wait to get started on this!

Wow! Love this Ana, THANK YOU! This is exactly what I need as a media console! I love your site and look forward to new posts daily. I have a huge list of projects already and am looking forward to getting some helpful tools for Mother's Day! Thanks again!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Can't wait to make one! I'm transitioning from sewing to building to be my favorite hobby! I make custom window treatments to fund my building projects!

You seriously have THE COOLEST blog EVER!! I love it. I found you about a month ago and I'm so excited to make something but I haven't decided what yet. I need some shelves for my sewing studio so I think I might start there. I really like the look of the expedit ones that Ikea has, do you have any plans similar to those?

I would love for you to also post an option to build the tiny drawers as this is a feature I want to incorporate into the kitchen cabinets I plan to build.

I love everything you put up!!! What TV Channel would you like a show on I will seriously write them and we could get all your fans to sign it saying you deserve a show!!!!

Sponsoring posts is a great idea ANA! You are turning out to be quite the savvy business-mama on top of being a builder-mama. If I had something to advertise I would. Maybe when my blog gets going! That other single mama took the words right out of my mouth. I actually did cry when I looked at the PB catalog last night. Not because I realized I would never be able to afford anything, but because I realized I could actually BUILD whatever I want! Including the apothacary chest! I was going to ask for this! I love it. My favorite project lately though is that dresser Cameron made. WOW. Amazing. I want to make one exactly like it. I can't believe thats a second project. WOW.

Thank you so much! I have been trying to rework your "red media cabinet" designs to be more like the photo one of your followers posted but my hubby works at Pogo (I am guessing you know what that means) and I have two kids under 3 = no brain power left! I picked out turquoise stain (to match our living room quilt) but hubby wanted natural so we havent gotten anywhere (I was also turning the bottom part of our bar into a chalkboard, crocheting two fat birdys, hosting a playdate, and cleaning the 1 acre yard) and this popped up tonight! I have this penciled into the calendar in two weeks we are making this (hopefully with my nail gun mothers day present! Hubby is cuttign wood next weekend so I Sat is taken :( Might just get started without him lol!)

As I walked through a museum's antique village setting, they had a vintage apothecary cabinet complete with tiny drawers in their "pharmacy"! I knew I loved the look but found the storage completely impractical - thanks for bringing the best of both the look and the practicality of storage together! I LOVE this, too!

May I suggest another alternative to paying a sitter so you don't need to stay up until 2am? I absolutely love your blog and would continue to love it even if you posted half as often. And I'm quite sure your readership would understand a adjusted publishing pace, especially if it means that you get to both spend time with your daughter AND get to bed before 2am. (Might work?) Best wishes in your blog and family endeavors, Ana! Thanks for being such an inspiration.

I agree with Paula. I would be perfectly content with one project a week, and maybe one bragging board.

Don't wear yourself out! We appreciate everything you do, but don't ruin your health or your time with your daughter just so we can build a table.

By the way, this is GORGEOUS and I think I want to replace the stupid cupboard THING my TV is on right now. THANKS!

I love this soooo much! It's all I think about now.....I'm having a hard time convincing my husband to let me build this. He likes our ratty torn up console with broken glass doors. I think I might have to kill him if he won't let me replace it. He says I can only build it if I put his favorite football teams' logo on the cabinet doors instead of the false drawer fronts. :( That will just ruin it I think....

I'm about half way through this one. I knew that I wanted to stain and not paint, so I'm sort of on the fence as to my choices of materials. I used mdf for the skeleton. And wood for the exposed parts. But now I'm realizing a few of my mdf ends will be exposed. How difficult will this be to stain? Any pointers?

What I would use to cover up the exposed ends is edge banding. It's super easy to iron on, and forms a tight bond (it's exactly what they use on kitchen cabinet shelves) and comes in a variety of unfinished wood and is reasonably priced (about $7 for 25 feet 3/4" wide). Good luck!

I have spent hours over the last few days trying to find a piece like the Andover Media Console or Cabinet to put in my home. This is complicated because we just sold one house, moved to a condo temporarily, while finish building another house. I had mostly built-in in last house and didn't want to pay a lot for a piece that may ultimately not have a visible place in next house. BUT I love the Bailey console and Andover cabinet so much that I have spent untold hours trying to find a piece of similar quality for not quite so much. When I saw these plans immediately got commitment from friend to build it for me!!! Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you. Your site is heaven sent!!

Does anyone know a est. price on how much this would take to make this and the drawers? I love this so much! thank you Ana for posting this.. but i was also wondering if there was a way to do a skinner and taller (35" or 40" height) more profile version for people that are mounting their flat screens? it would just be used for the components? thanks and have a great night!
Mandy

Like Mandy before me, I am also looking for a narrower version (like cut right down the middle). I really want to use this as an end table for the chaise end of a modular oversized couch that is on the border of my family opening into my kitchen. Too wide and my sliding glass door is covered. Would love one cabinet door and two drawers (that look like 4) :) THANKS!!!

Oh Anna, don't let this blog interfere any more with mothering than it has to. Yes, it's an important thing you're doing, helping so many people to be able to learn new skills, beautify their homes, gain confidence and independence . . . but we're all grown-ups, and don't need you like Grace does.

If your production goes down by half, or 75%, because you're taking care of your daughter, don't sweat it! You have such a huge catalog of plans now that there's plenty to keep us groupies busy for quite some time. ;o)

As one whose husband has worked himself far, far too hard, for too many hours while his little children were growing up, trust me on this one. We'll all live just fine if Knock-Off Wood slows down. Grace's growth isn't going to slow any, and she'll be so big before you know it . . . and now is the time to build the foundation of your relationship for the rest of your lives.

I know how attractive it is (ay, irresistible sometimes!) to throw myself into something that's a good cause, and take my mind off of my children. It's good to have something "on the side" . . . but there's one person in the world for whom there is no substitute: Grace's mom. Be her mother, first. Be an amazing, wonderful, lovely, loving mother to your little girl, and wife to your good husband. Then, after that, be the amazing Ana of Knock-Off Wood.

We'll all understand. :o) And Grace will thank you for the rest of her life.

I LOVE this! I've been wanting for my craft room. I'll need to modify it a bit because i actually need/want the smaller drawers, but you're definitely made this task much easier. Thank you!

Ooh, I see this as a dresser for my sons' room. I think I will do 8 drawers instead of 4 drawers and 2 cabinet doors, but with your step-by-step instructions and idiot-proof diagrams, even I can easily see the changes I need to make. Beautiful, beautiful. My husband is out buying the wood right now to make them matching twin Farmhouse beds. Love your blog, you seriously rock! <3 <3

Haha- that's EXACTLY what I keep thinking of! I want one just because of that episode! And I keep hearing in my head, "Who even knows what an apothecary is?!" And Chandler says, "A pharmacist." ....Awkward silence.....
Ana, this is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to build it! And Kaptain Spalding, yours made my jaw drop open. Wow.

This was a sweet project. It totally changed our family room! I would suggest using an extra 1x2 on the back if you're on carpet because ours tilts toward the back due to poor support. But it still looks killer.

This is an AWESOME project. My hubby and I have been looking for a dresser to re purpose for a TV Console. We thought of removing the top drawers for component shelves, but just have not found the right dresser yet.

Your design is perfect for what we pictured. I emailed my hubby the links at work and he thought it was "sexy". I think we are going to give it a try. Thanks so much!

Ooh, gorgeous!!! I've been looking all over your site for something I could use in the living room. I need a console sized cabinet. It needs to be rustic, to match my Benchwright PB furniture in the room, but it also needs to have cabinet doors so I can store all my music inside. (I'm a piano/voice teacher and have been collecting music for years!) This might work...if I modified it a little bit? Hrm. I'll have to keep thinking. Thank you!!!!

I love this too, but I also want it with the smaller drawers, all 16... I don´t think this will be my first project, specially because there is no room in my studio... :-(

Are the plans for this one much shorter than the PB one? 27 3/4 inches just seems so short. Has anyone modified it to make it a bit taller?

I have been looking for more storage for my kitchen! This would be a great buffet and also be able to store my other cookware. I love Apothecary consoles :) Thank you so much for all you do! I LOVE your website and have passed it on to a bunch of my friends. After finishing up the "mom's train table" I will see about making this one. Thank you for your hard work and the inspiration. Never thought I would be able to make furniture :)

Is there anyway to make this with just drawers like the first picture? I'm in love with these...but I don't need a media console, or something with shelves.

I found you website yesterday!! I have already gone thru a majority of your blog and I am in LOVE!! There are so many great projects! This is going to be one of the projects I want to try and build, i'm so excited! Thanks so much for you wonderful blog : )

I absolutely adore this! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous work and idiot-proof plans! Any chance you have plans for matching apothecary end tables? I swear I came across some a while back, but can't seem to find them now.

I can see why people want the smaller drawers, its novel I think. But in my mind they don't even seem practical. Perhaps 2 tiny drawers would suit me.

I am excited to build this media table, but I want to adjust the height to make it 30 inches. How does that affect the other measurements? I'm not sure that I've come up with the correct adjustments.

Hi, I love this apothecary cabinet, my husband will be building it soon. Can you tell me what color this is and where you got the paint for it? It's so beautiful! Thank you!

I love how you redesigned your new website Ana!!! The step by step feature is so awesome!! It should help me out tremendously when I get confused (which is quite often) Thank you so much for all you do!!

I adore this console, and am looking forward to forcing my husband to help me build it...but where is step 7? Is there a link somewhere that I am not seeing?

Help!  There isn't an active link to Part 2 of the plans!

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I set out to make this at DW's request but we wanted the 8 drawers and a few inches taller. With my tendency to over-engineer everything, I decided I wanted a solid wood top. DW and I settled on African Mahogany as a good mix of price and appearance. We purchased the lumber locally and had them end-glue the pieces together and plane it flat for us. Out the door, it was $100 or so, but we have a 20"x30" piece left over for another project.

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For the added height, I simply extended the end pieces to 30" and used 4-1/2" footers instead of the 2" called for in Ana's plans. I added an extra footer to the rear of the cabinet and a cross piece in the middle of the bottom to help prevent sagging.

I don't like the way the ends of plywood look in finished projects so I used veneer tape (available at home depot) for the exposed ends of the plywood. You just use a regular clothes iron to secure it to the plywood. You'll need a router or small hand plane to flush-trim the edges but the end result looks so much better than the 'sandwich' plywood effect.

The last thing I did was on the drawers. I didn't see a way to easily add slides or hardware but I was worried about the drawer bottoms dragging on the shelves. I solved this problem in two ways. I have a router table so I used a 1/4" round-over bit on the inside and outside of the bottom edge of the drawer sides (but not the back or front). When I assembled the drawer boxes I raised the bottoms and back up about 1/16" with spacers so that the end result was the sides were 1/16" lower than the bottom and back so that the drawers ride on the sides only. The sides have less surface area, thus less drag. The second thing I did was apply some 1/2" wide adhesive teflon tape (Amazon.com, search "ptfe mouse tape") to the bottom of the edge that rides on the shelves. I don't have anything to compare to, but the drawers slide in and out very smoothly.

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If I were to make another one, I think I would use 5/8" plywood for the drawers. 3/4" just seems too bulky.

Because of the hardwood top, this project cost us quite a bit more than if we had stayed with Ana's plans, but wow, this thing looks awesome in our bedroom.

Thanks for the inspiration, Ana!

You have posted plans for everything with the apothecary piece but it says "click here" for making the front of it and there is no link to do this. Can you assist?

Thanks,

john

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