Library Console Table

This library console table features two large shelves that are angled to keep books easily in place. Features a top shelf and curved sides.


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Dear Ana,I would love to make one of these tables to put in a narrow space in our bedroom.  We both read A LOT, and this would be a great way to organize our reading piles!



Thank you Mizz Frizz for your request.  And thank you most of all for your patience.  I've had this plan drawn up for weeks now, intending to find the time to build and blog it, but you know what happens.  Dishes, dinner, . . . you know the drill, it just seems there is never enough time to get everything done!  And this little library console table may never get done.  By me, anyway.  Sign. . . .

So today, I'm going to blog the plans.  It's simple enough.  You totally got this one.

Author Notes: 

Shopping List: 

1 – 1×12 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×10 @ 8 feet long
4 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
1 1/4″ Screws
1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws or 2 5/8″ Trim Screws
Wood Glue, Wood filler and other finishing supplies

120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
Dimensions are shown above. Shelves are 10 1/2″ deep, 9″ high, perfect for books or shoes and boots.
Cut List: 

2 – 1×10 @ 6″ (Curved Fronts)
2 – 1×2 @ 33″ (Back Legs)
2 – 1×2@ 25″ (Front Legs)
4 – 1×2 @ 12″ (Sides)
2 – 1×2 @ 6″ (Top Sides)
4 – 1×2 @ 36 1/2″ (Front/Top Supports)
1 – 1×10 @ 39″ (Top)
2 – 1×10 @ 35″ (Backs of Shelves)
2 – 1×10 @ 11 1/2″ (Sides of shelves, cut to the width of your 1×12 boards)
2 – 1×12 @ 36 1/2″ (Shelf Bottoms)

Step 1: 

Curved Fronts

From the 2 1×10 pieces 6″ long, draw out a pattern as shown above and carefully cut out with a jigsaw. It’s a good idea to use the first one you cut out as a pattern for the second. Clamp the two cut pieces together and sand the cut edges until the two pieces match.

Step 2 Instructions: 


Once your curved ends are cut out and sanded, lay out the end pieces as shown above. If you have a Kreg Jig™, predrill pocket holes. Otherwise, carefully glue and predrill holes with a countersink bit, and attach with 2 5/8″ trim screws. Clamps will really help out during this stage. You will need to build two of these. Make sure the two ends that you build match and are square.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Top Supports

Attach the two legs together with the top supports as shown here. Use either pocket holes or the trim screws countersunk and glue.

Step 4 Instructions: 


Now attach the top to the sides as shown above. Simply screw through the top supports (not shown in diagram) into the underside of the top. Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Front Supports

The front supports will get attached exactly like the top supports in step 3.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Shelf Sides and Back

On this step you need to measure the width of your 1×12 and adjust the cuts on the sides (the triangular shaped pieces) so the bottom (measurement shown at 11 1/2″) is the same as your 1×12 width. Cut the end pieces from a 1×10, with 9 1/2″ shown as the width of the 1×10. If your 1x10s are slightly less, it will not matter, as the back is also a 1×10. Attach with screws and glue.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Shelf Bottom

Attach the shelf bottom shelf sides and back with screws and glue. Outside edges should be flush.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Shelf Assembly

Position the shelves inside the frame. The front can rest on the front supports. Use a level to ensure that the sides are level. Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue to attach the shelves to the sides.

Fill all of your exposed holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply a second coat as needed. Sand with 120 grit sandpaper. Remove all sanding residue with a vacuum followed with a damp cloth. Apply primer (for painting) or wood conditioner (for staining) as instructed by the manufacturer, followed with paint or stain and a top coat as needed.

Thank you MIZZFRIZZ and everyone else who takes their time to request plans. I am listening, and hopefully, will be able to tackle lots more reader requests in the next bit. Have a great day, appreciate your support!

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I love, love love this! I have to make one (or two) for my office to organize files and forms, etc. One or two for the craft room woulb be great for sewing patterns and design books. Your the best! Thanks Ana!

I have seen this in a catalog somewhere but cannot remember which one. I loved it then and it looks even better now that I can build it myself!! I am wondering if it's possible to put the pocket hole visible on the sketch? I would like to build that way but admit it slightly confuses me:(( Just curious. Thanks Ana. As always, YOU ROCK!!

I have been wanting this shelf ever since I saw it in a JC Penny catalog about 10 years ago! This one just moved up the list!!

FANTASTIC! I tore this out of a catalogue 10 years ago! hahah you would have think I would have purchased it by now BUT now I can build it! Thanks for posting! OOPS LAVINA JUST READ YOUR POST! ~Me too!!

I have been saying all day that luck was on my side. Coming home to find this plan on your website affirms just that. I have been looking for this plan for over a year. I have also been a faithful follower of your website for the last year and a half (you know - back when you were still "knock-off" wood). To be quite honest I have been afraid to try anything because I'm afraid of the circular saw. Pathetic, huh? However this last weekend I made my boyfriend stand-by while I tried the darn thing. Come to find out it's no big deal! It's actually quite easy! I bought an air compressor with a nailer and decided to give that a whirl too. Guess what? I do a better job than my boyfriend with the nailer! I think I might be on to something here! Then today I found this plan on your website. Hallelujah! I have been wanting this since I remodeled my bedroom. Like the requestor I have a huge pile of books on my nightstand, under my nightstand, and sometimes even in my bed! Goodbye dust bunnies.

I have two kitchen cabinets in my living room (without the doors, painted, they look just like low bookshelves) because they fit the space I had and I *always* need more room for books. But, these would be so much cuter and they look really easy. Thank you Ana!

I am totally going to have my students make this for our text books. The girls group could absolutely make this one! I feel a service learning project coming on....

Hi, thanx for share your ideas I love them. Could you check please why i cant see the PDF file of this one and of the "Kendra Storage Console" I want to make them. Regards from Monterrey, Mexico :-)