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Benchwright Console Table

April 10, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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Make this console table from lumber! Free DIY Plans!

Benchwright Console Table

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited today to share with you new console table plans!

I worked with Jeff from A Touch of Arkansas, yes, THE JEFF as in builder of the amazing Fire Truck Bed, to create plans for this console table.

We are also working on a very blue project today that is keeping us quite busy, so I'm going to turn you over to Jeff for lots more photos and details on building this console table.

Thanks Jeff!

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Benchwright Console Table
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – 1x12 @ 10 feet long
2 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
4 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x6 @ 4 feet long
4 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1/4 sheet 1/4” thick plywood or hardboard (drawer bottoms and back)
4 knobs
1 1/4" pocket hole screws

1 1/4 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander
level

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 1x12 @ 47 1/4" (shelves)
2 – 1x12 @ 7 1/4" (side aprons)
6 – 2x4 @ 29 1/4" (legs)
12 – 1x2 @ 19 5/8” (front/back shelf trim)
2 – 1x2 @ 11 1/4" (side shelf trim)
2 – 1x2 @ 11 1/4" (drawer guides)
1 – 1x4 @ 11 1/4” (center drawer guide)
2 – 1x4 @ 15” (breadboard ends - cut to fit)
6 – 1x3 @ 47 3/4" (top)

DRAWERS
4 – 1x4 @ 17 7/8
4 – 1x4 @ 13 ½”
2 – 1/4" plywood @ 19 3/8” x 13 1/2"
2 – 1x6 @ 19 3/8”

BACK
1/4" plywood 48" x 7 1/4"

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

Benchwright Console Table

It is very important to drill all pocket holes first. Make sure you drill adequate holes for attaching legs on the ends and centered. Also, I’d drill at least two pocket holes on each end for attaching side aprons and end trim in later steps.

Step 2

Benchwright Console Table

First drill 3/4” pocket holes along side edges of side aprons for later attaching legs – see next step.
To the top shelf, attach the side aprons.

Step 3

Benchwright Console Table

Mark four legs 1/2” in from edge along top, at least 7” down. Then mark 1 1/4” line on the bottom 6” of the legs for attaching bottom shelf. Attach shelves and aprons with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 4

Benchwright Console Table

Next comes the middle leg. It’s super important to get just right and square. If your 2x4s are not 3 1/2” wide this could alter your measurements slightly. Attach legs through predrilled pocket holes.

Step 5

Benchwright Console Table

Next comes the upper shelf trim.

Step 6

Benchwright Console Table

And then the lower shelf trim.

Step 7

Benchwright Console Table

These are to guide your drawers. Because of how shallow these drawers are, and because console table drawers are relatively low use, I choose to just make very simple box drawers. One could add drawer slides if desired, but I felt it unnecessary. Make sure the distance between the drawer guides is square by taking a diagonal. Better yet, build your drawers first, and then fit around to make sure they slide just right.

Step 8

Benchwright Console Table

Build top separately, then attach through top 1x2 trim with 1 ¼” nails and glue.

Step 9

Benchwright Console Table

Here is the drawer diagram. I like to place pocket holes to the front, outsides. Then they get covered by the face.

Step 10

Benchwright Console Table

When you install the face, make sure there is an even 1/8” gap around all sides, including the bottom. Nail on with 1 1/4” finish nails and glue.

Step 11

Benchwright Console Table

Next, attach back. Use 1 ¼” nails and glue.

The back will keep your drawers from sliding through.

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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Thank you Ana!

Thanks for letting me have the opportunity to contribute to your site!

JM

Jeff McClure www.atouchofarkansas.com

posted by jcmcclure77 | on Tue, 2012-04-10 13:33
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Beautiful!

This really makes me wish I had a bigger house so I could build this! Great job!

posted by YankeeBelle | on Tue, 2012-04-10 17:05
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Better than the original!

I actually like your version better than the original PB console table. I love the 2x4 legs. Great plan and great build!!!

posted by dananryan | on Wed, 2012-04-11 18:16

Step 8, Building the Top

Hi, I didn't quite follow the directions on step 8, building the top surface. You say to build it with pocket screws, does that mean you just screwed them edge to edge with pocket screws? How many screws per board? And how about the end pieces, also with pocket screws? Did you put one coming out of the end of each board into the bread board ends? I started building this yesterday and haven't done this technique before but I think I've seen it done. Great plans!

posted by Jasondmcintyre (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-04-15 11:48
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You are right on track with

You are right on track with the top build! The boards are screwed and glued with pocket holes edge to edge like you mentioned. Ana has detailed instructions for a coffee table using the same method. Here is the link to the Benchwright Coffee Table: http://ana-white.com/2012/02/plans/benchright-coffee-table. The top is assembled in step 14.

Good Luck!

posted by birdsandsoap | on Mon, 2012-04-16 00:59

Scaled-down version?

Do you think it is possible to build a scaled down version? I was looking for something about 48" long. I love this console, but I'm afraid it might look a bit too intrusive if I were to build it the full size. My entryway wall is only about 63" long.

posted by KatieC (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-04-17 16:54

I love the finished look of

I love the finished look of this table and but it's too big for my space so I am going to build one of the smaller ones and I can't wait! I have been searching for a way to achieve this look but I can't seem to find what I am looking for. How did you make it so beautiful?!

posted by Guest14 (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-04-18 12:18

Drawers

how do the drawers slide in and out? grooves? brackets?

posted by Daniel (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-10-25 19:41

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