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Apothecary Console Table

June 16, 2011 |
posted by Ana White
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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.

Apothecary Console Table

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About Project

Author Notes: 

There are so many beautiful Apothecary Media Consoles built by our readers. Check them out.

From Sam
From Amanda
From Tyler
From Harry
From Kayleen
From Cassie
And from Brooke
From Marisol
And these are from Candice, what do you think of that gorgeous Barnwood top?
It seems, the only question you would have to make, is what lovely color would you paint the console table?

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Apothecary Console Table
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

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)

2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

Box
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)

Doors
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"

General Instructions

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!

Step 1

Apothecary Console Table

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.

Step 2

Apothecary Console Table

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.

Step 3

Apothecary Console Table

Now add the 1x2 footer as shown above.

Step 4

Apothecary Console Table

Attach back with nails and glue, making sure the box is square, and you nail into fixed shelves.

Step 5

Apothecary Console Table

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.

Step 6

Apothecary Console Table

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.

Step 7

Apothecary Console Table

The best hinges to use with these cabinet doors (and easiest to install) are these:

I find them cheaper at Lowes, but also available at the Home Depot.  Follow the instructions that come with the hinges.
Another note, before you put the back on, you could position the door (remember it sets 3/4" inset totally, to include the false fronts) in the opening and attach hinges. Mark the location of the hinges when you are happy that there is a even gap around all sides of the door, and uninstall the hinges.  That way, when you go to install the door, you have the location marked out.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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OH!!!

that barnwood console table just stole my heart! I LOVE THIS! awesome plan that I will most likely end up building eventually

posted by blessednest | on Thu, 2011-06-16 15:00
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ACK!!

Haha!! I JUST built this with my own plans. I modified the plans, but with 8 drawers. I'll post pics when I'm done painting it. :) Another good one, Ana.

posted by Jami H | on Thu, 2011-06-16 15:09
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Ana... Stop! JUST.. STOP!

haha, I only have so much room in my house for furniture!!!

it's all too cute! :-( I don't know what to CHOOSE!

Gina - Lady Goats
DIY Blogger (when I'm not procrastinating)
http://www.ladygoats.com

posted by Lady Goats | on Thu, 2011-06-16 15:39

part 2 of Apothecary table.

Anna,

Love this, as I love all your stuff. Printing the plans but can only get part 1 :(. Am I doing something wrong? Am printing the printer friendly version but even on the web page only see part 1. Thank you.

posted by Nancy Lewis (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-06-16 16:07
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You read my mind!

I just built something very similar for my wife. We needed additional storage for our daughter's toys so I built something she could slide baskets into. I just posted it so check it out. Thanks for all the great plans, I have built a handful of things and think the plans are great as a basis for even the most complicated builds.

posted by waltbs | on Thu, 2011-06-16 22:18

love all of these

love all of these

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-06-26 09:31
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I'm in love

I'm a furniture addict and I'm going to need a bigger house. That is all there is to it. I want one of these soooo bad I can smell the saw dust. I'm thinking what a chic looking fish tank stand thisbwould make. My tank is a monster so I would have to modify it just a bit to be able to take the weight but I'd love to look at this everyday then the ugly thing that came with the tank!

posted by Spring | on Mon, 2011-07-25 17:27
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LOVE LOVE LOVE

LOVE them all!!

I Play Outside The Box

posted by I Play Outside ... | on Thu, 2011-09-29 11:21
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Apothecary Console

I just found this and am going to start on it tomorrow..looking forward to it! I'm thinking 2 doors of 2x4 false drawer faces and 2 actual drawers of 2x1 false drawer faces above the drawers.

posted by robertson411 | on Mon, 2012-01-23 19:25

Awesome!

Awesome!

posted by Janet Hickman (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-04-16 10:49

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