Apothecary Console Table
Free easy DIY plans to build a Apothecary Console, featuring two doors and shelves, with apothecary style false fronts. Inspired by Pottery Barn Andover Console table, build your own with these step by step plans and save.
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1x10 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1/2 sheet 1/4" plywood (grab a full sheet if you use 1/4" plywood for the door faces)
1 - 1/2 sheet of 1/2" thick hardwood plywood (look in hobby wood section of Lowes)
12 feet of 1x6 boards, 1/4" thick stock (look in hobby section of Lowes, or you could use 1/4" plywood from the back cut into 5 1/2" widths)
20 Knobs or handles
2 sets Euro Style inset hinges (see last step)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
2 - 1x12 @ 35 1/4" (Sides)
2 - 1x12 @ 35 1/2" (Top/Bottom)
1 - 1x12 @ 32 1/4" (Center)
4 - 1x10 @ 17 3/8" (Shelves)
1 - 1x2 @ 35 1/2" (Footer)
5 - 1x3 @ 35 1/2" (Decorative Top)
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 35 1/4" x 37" (Back)
2 - 1/2" Plywood @ 32" x 17 1/8"
20 - 1/4" thick, 5 1/2" wide hobby stock boards @ 8 1/8" OR 20 pieces of 1/4" plywood (leftover from back) @ 5 1/2" x 8 1/8"
I've included pocket holes for Kreg Jig users. But certainly, you can (and I did for many years) build with glue and screws or a finish nailer. You will want to use 2" fasteners and check for square after each step. Build the box as shown above.
Once your box is built, add shelves as shown above. In the diagram, shelves are spaced 10" apart. You can space any distance apart to suit your needs. I recommend making one shelf set fixed, but you could use shelf pins to make one shelf adjustable.
Now add the 1x2 footer as shown above.
Attach back with nails and glue, making sure the box is square, and you nail into fixed shelves.
Start at the back and work your way forward, nailing down the 1x3s. If you are using a different color for the top, you may wish to paint or stain cabinet and top separately, then attach afterwards. You could nail from the underside to hide blemishes. Use glue.
Carefully cut the 1/2" plywood doors and fit to the openings. There should be approximately a 1/8" gap on all sides, and the doors sit inset. Once satisfied, layout the faces and glue down. Clamp and let dry. If you have 5/8" nails, tack down as well - but remember, all those knobs aren't letting those faces go anywhere.
The best hinges to use with these cabinet doors (and easiest to install) are these: