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
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).
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using 1 1/4″ Screws or nails and glue, fasten the front footer to the pieces from step 5. Keep outside edges flush.
Drawers and Doors: Click here for Part 2