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Rustic X Console

May 21, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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Build a rustic X console! Free step by step plans from Ana-White.com!

Rustic X Console

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Hi everyone!

Did you have a good weekend?

I can't tell you more about my weekend just yet other than the fact that I'm pretty darn sore. A DIY life sure keeps you in shape, doesn't it?

I'll give you a hint - it has to do with 2x4s.

Lots of 2x4s.

Speaking of 2x4s - aren't they awesome????  So sturdy and strong and cheap, and for today's plan, beautiful!

Yep, those are 2x4 legs!!!!

My friend Hillary from The Friendly Home has been asking for plans for a substantially sized X Console like this one from another friend of mine's home - Kate from Centsational Girl:

Hillary and I worked really hard on this design to get it JUST right.  She wanted something a little more rustic, and I had received numerous other plan requests for an X console inspired by Pottery Barn's Belmont Buffet.  

And this is what we came up with!  Now I say we as in I just drew a plan up.  Hillary took a simple plan made up of 2x4s, 2x2s, 2x6s and 1x12s and turned it into a heirloom piece filled with heirlooms.

Like the beautiful handmade console, each of those quilts has a story too.  I encourage you to take a second to stop over to The Friendly Home and read more about Hillary building this console, the finish she used, and the story behind those beautiful quilts!

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Rustic X Console
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

6 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
3 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x12 @ 12 feet long
3 – 2x6 @ stud length or 8 feet
Corner hardware/decorative bolts
1 1/4" and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws
2 1/2" screws

1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
hearing protection
drill
compound miter saw
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

12 – 2x2 @ 30”
6 – 2x4 @ 28 1/2"
2 – 1x12 @ 63 1/2"
5 – 2x4 @ 11 1/4"
2 – 2x2 @ 11 1/4"
2 – 2x2 @ 22 1/2" (long point to short point, ends parallel, cut at 60 degrees off square)
4 – 2x2 @ 11 1/4" (longest point to shortest point, long end cut at 60 degrees off square, short point cut at 30 degrees off square, angles are in same direction)
3 – 2x6 @ 74 1/2"

Cutting Instructions: 
NOTE: If your saw does not cut 60 degrees off square, you will need to mark cuts with an angle square or compass/protractor and cut angles with circular saw or jigsaw. Practice this cut first on scraps!

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

Rustic X Console

First build two frames as shown in diagram.

Step 2

Rustic X Console

Then attach frames to shelves. NOTE: I recommend drilling 3/4" PHs with Kreg Jig around all sides of each shelf for attaching all shelf trim with 1 1/4" PH screws later on.

Step 3

Rustic X Console

2x4 supports need to be the same width as your 1x12 boards - expected to be 11 1/4" wide. Attach to frames and shelves. For attaching to frames, use 2 1/2" PH screws through 1 1/2" PHs.

Step 4

Rustic X Console

And then just trim out sides of shelves.

Step 5

Rustic X Console

Now the fun part. I recommend building the Xs first and fitting. Once built, you can simply glue in place or add a few nails. The Xs will add extra support, but are primarily decorative.

Step 6

Rustic X Console

And then add the top! You can build top first with 1 1/2" PHs and 2 1/2" PH screws and then attach to top through 2x4/2x2 aprons or just plank the top for a rustic look - it's up to you. TIP: Just use your 2 1/2" PH screw to attach the top so you don't have to go out and buy more 2 1/2" screws.

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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Love

Love this table, I had pinned Centsational Girl's table as well! Hillary you did a fab job! I think it has now been placed on my must build list! My hubby is going to think I'm crazy, because his concept of must have is too practical for me, ha!


posted by spiceylg | on Mon, 2012-05-21 11:58

Stain

How do you stain your wood like that? It looks like a natural wood pantina from ageing in the sun/rain.

posted by aaronhenson (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-05-21 12:02
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Wanna meet half way?

I LOVE this table! I have a wall in my home that I've been looking for a console table for! One that is HALF this size would be perfect! I mean PERFECT!! Only one little problem...I STINK at math. How about plans for one that is half as wide. That would be awesome. Thanks

posted by linseylouwho | on Mon, 2012-05-21 12:26
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Nice!

This piece looks amazing! Truly a show room look. Amazing!

Whitney
www.whitneysworkshop.com

posted by whitney_smith | on Mon, 2012-05-21 12:39

I love this table! I am

I love this table! I am looking to replace our entryway table, and this fits in perfect with the country feel of our home.

posted by Samantha Conway (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-05-21 13:19

That stain :)

It's Iron Acetate ... otherwise known as "Steel wool dissolved in vinegar" and brushed on. And strong black tea. Followed by waxing, but you could use a wipe-on polyurethane if you wanted.

INGREDIENTS:
One "pillow" of extra-fine steel wool
1 Gallon of cheap white vinegar
A box of harsh, cheap black tea (maybe)

Shred the steel wool and stuff it into the vinegar jug. Leave the cap loose! Set it aside for several days, swirling it occasionally to check the progress. The bubbles are hydrogen gas. When the steel wool is gone, your stain is ready.

Check it on a scrap piece ... brush it on and it should turn greyish as it dries. If it's too dark, dilute the iron acetate with water 50:50 and test another scrap.

For a more intense grey, you need tannin. Brew up some really strong black tea (use a lot of bags and boil it till it's really undrinkably dark)

Brush the tea on and let it dry, then apply the iron acetate solution. If it's too dark, dilute the iron acetate with water 50:50 and test another scrap.

This is a great stain for blending repaired spots into a fence - load a garden sprayer with 50:50 iron acetate and water and spray the new wood.

posted by Anonymous Coward (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-05-21 13:22

tea

I used organic tea because it was what I had on hand and let it steep for a few hours. Worked like a charm!

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-05-21 14:00

That stain :)

It's Iron Acetate ... otherwise known as "Steel wool dissolved in vinegar" and brushed on. And strong black tea. Followed by waxing, but you could use a wipe-on polyurethane if you wanted.

INGREDIENTS:
One "pillow" of extra-fine steel wool
1 Gallon of cheap white vinegar
A box of harsh, cheap black tea (maybe)

Shred the steel wool and stuff it into the vinegar jug. Leave the cap loose! Set it aside for several days, swirling it occasionally to check the progress. The bubbles are hydrogen gas. When the steel wool is gone, your stain is ready.

Check it on a scrap piece ... brush it on and it should turn greyish as it dries. If it's too dark, dilute the iron acetate with water 50:50 and test another scrap.

For a more intense grey, you need tannin. Brew up some really strong black tea (use a lot of bags and boil it till it's really undrinkably dark)

Brush the tea on and let it dry, then apply the iron acetate solution. If it's too dark, dilute the iron acetate with water 50:50 and test another scrap.

This is a great stain for blending repaired spots into a fence - load a garden sprayer with 50:50 iron acetate and water and spray the new wood.

posted by Anonymous Coward (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-05-21 13:23

Be still my heart!

I would type how much I love this table, but I'm feeling faint because my heart is pitter-pattering! ;-) /jk

Love it, love it, love it!

posted by Cindy from Indiana (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-05-21 13:25

Total love!

Ok, I am getting addicted to building things and these plans aren't helping!lol Thanks so much for all your awesomeness! This is great!

posted by LisaT | on Mon, 2012-05-21 13:47
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brookifer86's picture

Oh my stars

This is on the build list. It's just THAT fantastic! Cannot wait to have this in my house!

posted by brookifer86 | on Mon, 2012-05-21 14:24
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birdsandsoap's picture

Wow! What a neat design, it's

Wow! What a neat design, it's the perfect display table for all of those heirloom quilts. Well done!

posted by birdsandsoap | on Mon, 2012-05-21 16:20
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I LOVE this table!! But I want the drawers.

I LOVE this table!! But I want to upsize it like the from Pottery Barn and add the drawers.
Any ideas how to add the drawers? The unit has open sides. Would a drawer slide underneath the drawer work here? I have only used the side mounted drawer slides.

posted by RBear | on Mon, 2012-05-21 18:12

drawers

Hi, RBear. Yes, I looked at the inspiration piece assuming someone would want to make it with the drawers and so I've thought about it a bit. To build it like the inspiration piece you'd need to use undermount slides and attach them to the middle shelf so they wouldn't be visible from the sides. I did it on a big storage bench I made last year and it took a bit to figure out the drawers, but it wasn't rocket science. I actually used two center-mount slides per drawer and just lined them up so they were perfectly parallel, because the drawers were heavy. These drawers might be light enough for just one center-mount slide each. (http://thefriendlyhome.blogspot.com/2011/01/game-storagecheck.html) If I were doing drawers, I'd use 1x10s for the drawer body and face and place the middle shelf so that the clearance for the 1x10 drawer would be right. I think right now the space is 10 1/2" and the 1x10s would be 9 1/2" or 9 1/4" depending on what kind you use, so you'd need to move the bottom shelf up a hair to accommodate the drawers exactly.

Good luck!

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-05-23 00:26
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Thanks, Hillary!

I remember your game storage post. I love it!!!

posted by RBear | on Fri, 2012-05-25 17:17

hi hillary

Quick question.. did you use spruce on all the X projects? thanks ahead of time and everything you did looks great.

posted by Ante | on Wed, 2013-07-10 15:00
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Crazy

So, my mom comes over today and says she needs a new tv console and I pull up Ana's site to give her some ideas and voila, the answer is the very first thing she sees - this table! We're going to modify it a bit to fit her needs but as soon as I have this baby built, I'll post some pictures in a brag post! Thanks for posting the plans, she's gonna love this!!!!

http://www.simply-designed.us/blog

posted by tracysmith | on Mon, 2012-05-21 18:41
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Love this!! Any way to make a coffee table?

I love this console table and I'm thinking it would be a great media console...I'll have to make some modifications to fit my living room though. But I also need a coffee table...any way you could do a coffe table plan? Pretty please! :)


posted by jenn923 | on Mon, 2012-05-21 20:10
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What size of coffee table are

What size of coffee table are you looking for? Overall size idea would be great in order to draw up some sketch up plans. That is as long as Ana isn't already planning on doing them ;-)

http://www.simply-designed.us/blog

posted by tracysmith | on Tue, 2012-05-22 03:04

coffee table

Ana and I are working on a coffee table. It's coming! :)

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-05-23 00:14

What is a PH

What is a PH screw. I am sure I will feel stupid when you tell me but I have to ask.

Jake

posted by Jake | on Mon, 2012-05-21 22:00
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PH is short for Pocket Hole

PH is short for Pocket Hole screw. They are specific screws made for a pocket hole system. No question is a stupid question on this site. We're all here to to help and encourage each other. Keep 'em coming!!!

http://www.simply-designed.us/blog

posted by tracysmith | on Tue, 2012-05-22 03:00

pocket hole screw

I posted a questions to this thread, however, I'm not sure you see it unless I reply directly to your post. I'm just wondering exactly how many pocket hole screws are used on each trim section attaching to shelves, and their approx. placement on the piece. Thanks so much!

posted by IansMama | on Thu, 2013-07-25 15:04
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Thanks for the finish idea...and another thing on the to-do list

I really do play on making this, but first I'm going to try out the finish on the (modified) loft bed that's sitting in my "workshop" (read:kitchen, at least until we get the garage set up right) waiting for me to finish sanding it. I was wanting something more "rustic" like this to match the idea I have for my boys room - almost like they could have been stranded in some jungle somewhere and this is their tree fort. Or at least fort....the tree part is a lot more work, or takes wall painting by someone more artistic than I. Thanks, "Anonymous Coward" for posting the directions!

posted by Keri | on Mon, 2012-05-21 23:37

PH = Pocket Hole

Thanks TracySmith. I use my Kreg Jig all the time. In fact I just finished the frame for a new gate and it was built with PH joints. I learn something new every day.

Jake

posted by Jake | on Tue, 2012-05-22 06:04
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Don't ya just love that

Don't ya just love that thing?!! I can't imagine building without it. It has literally been the tool that got us started! That and Ana White! Keep up the good work!

http://www.simply-designed.us/blog

posted by tracysmith | on Tue, 2012-05-22 16:43

Amazing!

I love it! I can't wait to get started on it during the long weekend. Great job!

posted by jaime6891 | on Tue, 2012-05-22 11:28

Our First Project

Showed this to my husband last night and he was as excited as I was . We have been looking for a console table and all I find are just not a good fit, but yours is perfect! Love your blog - the directions are great and we can't wait to get started!

posted by Kathyy (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-05-22 17:25
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Thinking in Complements . . .

Lots of compliments, too, but complements, first. Isn't there a way to cut the complement of the 60-degree angle? Maybe by cutting the board to the length it needs to be at the very point of the angled cut (the longest dimension), then turning the board 90-degrees and cutting a 30-degree angle? (90 - 60 = 30) That would create a 60-degree angle at the other end of the mitered cut. The sum of the angles of a triangle are always 180, and a mitered cut on the end of a board can be figured like a right triangle. 90 degrees is already taken for the right angle (which is a place you're not cutting), so the two angles left have to add up to 90.

I haven't run into the 50-degree limitation, so this is just a guess on a new way to use a saw . . .

But . . .

I do know, from sewing and paper piecing, that it's possible to turn and flip and do all kinds of crazy things with things you cut in order to get what you need at the end. ;o)

Hope this helps! (HTH!)

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. -- W. Edwards Deming

posted by annalea | on Thu, 2012-05-24 17:33
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Here's what I mean . . .

Here's a ROUGH sketch of what I'm talking about. Hth!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8026/7264530580_ea387155cb_b.jpg

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. -- W. Edwards Deming

posted by annalea | on Thu, 2012-05-24 18:15

thank you for sharing

wow...this is such a great tutorial..thank you so much for sharing! need to try this at home asap!

posted by franky (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-06-01 11:06

Rustic / Aged hardware

This is a great piece, I dig the rustic style. I really like the decorative corner hardware and bolts. Any guide or suggestions on how to 'age' new hardware you can buy at home depot to get that weathered/old look? :)

posted by sosloe (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-06-01 11:50

rustic hardware

The hardware I used was shiny new stuff from Lowe's. I just painted it with flat black spray paint. It would be fun to work with multiple coats of spray paint. Maybe some turquoise, some rust colored, with a little sanding to let the undercoat show. So many possibilities!

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-06-04 15:39

Cost??

Love this piece. I too would need it to be a bit more shallow. I was wondering if you recall how much it cost to make this?

posted by Maitai396 (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-06-14 12:51

x console cost

I think it was around $110.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-07-08 18:52

http://www.Celine-luggagetote.org/

This is really a good proposal, thank you for your share.

posted by Celine Luggage Tote (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-06-21 03:42

Thumbs up for this amazing

Thumbs up for this amazing creativity love it.
Kratom Powder

posted by Kratom Powder (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-07-04 01:48

stain

This is great! I'm definitely going to give this one a try. Would you recommend staining the wood pieces before assembling?

posted by adam (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-07-20 15:12

stain

This is great! I'm definitely going to give this one a try. Would you recommend staining the wood pieces before assembling?

posted by adam (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-07-20 15:14

For this I think you're

For this I think you're better off putting it together and then staining. You'll want to get the ends of the planked top sanded uniformly before staining, which is easier to do if you assemble first. Good luck!

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-08 01:20

I would love a plan for an end table

Love this!!! I need the console too - but while you are thinking about a coffee table - would you consider an end table next?

posted by jvofamily (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-08-23 19:21

Rustic X End Table plan

There's one up already actually. Here's a link: http://ana-white.com/2012/08/plans/rustic-x-end-table

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-08-28 00:44

Quick question about the top

Hi there! I'm so happy to have found your site. And I LOVE this table. It's going to go perfectly in my apartment. I just have a few very quick questions that i hope you can help me with. Please forgive my lack of proper terminology..I'm still learning.

1. Did you put PH in the aprons and 2x4's to attach the top? Or, did you just screw straight down through the legs and aprons? Any preference there?

2. Do you think that using a piece of plywood for the top with nosing around the edges could work for the top?

3. When you drill a pocket hole, do you have predrill the other piece as well?

Thank you so much for this site and for your time. :)

posted by RobKelly3 | on Thu, 2012-08-30 09:54
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x console construction

We're all still learning. There's nothing pretentious about Ana's site so you never have to be afraid to ask questions! That's what makes it so great.

Answers for you:
1. No. I turned the table upside down and drilled and screwed straight down through the aprons into the underside of the top. It's definitely the easiest way to do it. I can't remember whether I pre-drilled, but if you have a countersink bit (I do not) that might be the way to go. I think I just put a lot of weight into it and since the wood is relatively soft, the head of the screw buried itself. You could do pocket holes on the insides of the aprons instead

2. I suppose ply would work, but you'd lose the rustic-ness and character of the piece. If you are going for a more refined looking table, ply will be perfect.

3. No, don't pre-drill the other piece. The pocket hole screws (definitely use actual pocket hole screws) are made to be self-tapping so they don't split the wood on the other side. That's what makes pocket hole construction super easy for newbies like us. :)

http://friendly-home.net

posted by hillarylouise | on Wed, 2012-09-05 20:30

Thank you so much!

Thank you so much!

posted by RobKelly3 | on Fri, 2012-09-07 09:08

Self-tapping?

After attempting to build this with my husband, we've run into a few problems. The 2x2's often split when we try to connect them to the 2x4's.. I'm not sure what we're missing here or what we're doing incorrectly.. My husband is an experienced builder, and even he can't figure out what's going on. We are using another brand of a pocket hole system.. Could that be it? Hope you can help..??

After this happened I did some research on the screws and I read an article that explained the difference between self-tapping and self-drilling screws.. Self-tapping screws are not meant for wood projects as they do not provide proper reinforcement. Were you perhaps just using that term interchangeably?

Link to Article: http://www.ehow.com/list_7574951_differences-between-selftapping-selfdri...

posted by steelmagnolia | on Sun, 2014-04-27 08:39

My Honey-Do list is filled with Ana White

My wife has discovered your site, and I am so happy. Don't get me wrong, I like trying to figure out what she wants me to build from a quick description and a "Kinda like this" browse of the internet, but life is so much asier when she hands me a plan and says, "Build this".
Now, I do have a question. Is there a way to get Sketchup Models from you? I need to build this table with different dimensions, and it'd be easier to modify if I had the orginal model. Love the site, I'll be here often.

posted by Phestr | on Fri, 2012-08-31 20:01
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models

Hey, Phestr. I'm going to answer this for Ana because I don't know whether she'll see your question. If you contact her directly (try messaging her on FB to get in touch with her -- she's at Knock-Off Wood) you might be able to get the model. But, it might be faster to re-do the dimensions on your own. Good luck!

http://friendly-home.net

posted by hillarylouise | on Wed, 2012-09-05 20:35

Thanx

I'll try that route. I'm not in a terrible hurry, this table is about #3 on my build list.

posted by Phestr | on Wed, 2012-09-05 21:25

rustic x console

I am going to build this table, if you wouldnt mind, could you please post some pictures of the places where the wood joins to I can just see what its spose to look like? Beautiful table, I cant wait to get started!

posted by emilybemly (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-09-02 22:40

Decorative corner pieces

Where did you find the cute corner pieces and bolts?

posted by george and jacks mom (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-09-05 15:17
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decorative hardware

The hex bolts and corner brackets are from Lowe's. They're silver ones found in the hardware aisle -- the corner brackets come in 2-packs, I think. They're "Stanley" brand. The hex bolts are from the bulk bins. They're 1/2" size, if I remember right. I sprayed them all with flat black spray paint.

http://friendly-home.net

posted by hillarylouise | on Wed, 2012-09-05 20:38

It's important to get the

It's important to get the Stanley brand brackets because the other brands have a little indent in the inside corner preventing it from sitting flush against the outside corner of the table top.

posted by skrew37 | on Thu, 2014-02-06 10:33

Do I need to use a Kreg Jig & PH screws?

I don't have a Kreg Jig so I'm wonering if I can build this without one. If so, what do you suggest I do & if not, which Kreg Jig would you recommend that I purchase? Thank you for this tutorial so much! This piece, with the exact dimensions, is going to be more than perfect in our home!

posted by AngieDee83 (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-09-06 19:27

You could do it without a

You could do it without a Kreg Jig. Just get a good countersink drill bit and use big deck screws. You'd have to join the top boards using mending plates, I think. A big set of clamps and wood glue would help, too.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-09-23 14:05

PH

Hi All! I'm sorry, I have another very newbie question...when you have to cut a piece of wood at an angle but also need to attach with pocket hole screws, using the Kreg Jig, do you drill the pocket holes before you cut? Or do you drill after you've cut? Like for the X-Console, for X pieces, do you drill the pocket holes before you cut the angles on the ends, or do you cut them first? If you cut them first, how do you orient the wood in the jig to drill the holes? I'm sorry if this is a redundant question. Thanks so much!

posted by RobKelly3 | on Tue, 2012-09-11 10:26

Drill after cutting and just

Drill after cutting and just hold it straight up in the jig. On this piece, I drilled the holes on the insides of the Xs. On the next two X pieces I built, I didn't use the Kreg Jig to attach the Xs; I just screwed them in at an angle.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-09-23 14:00

No Kreg Jig?

I guess my question is the same as the one above mine; how difficult is this without the Kreg Jig? Or, what is your opinion on the Kreg Jig mini? At $22, it's a lot easier to convince my husband than the $100 a normal one costs... :)

posted by ErinElizabeth (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-09-17 20:53

I used the Mini for a lot of

I used the Mini for a lot of projects before I was ready to buy the full Kreg Jig. But, with the Mini you'll need to buy at least one Kreg face clamp to hold the Mini onto the piece of wood you're drilling, and you should probably also have a Kreg corner clamp, which has one end that clamps into the Kreg hole you've drilled. So it will still end up costing you around $75 total, probably. I think the full Kreg jig comes with a face clamp.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-09-23 13:57

In LOVE!

I am so in love with this piece. It is exactly what I want. How much would it cost if you made me one? : ) I just don't all of the tools to do this and I have never built a pieces of furniture before.

posted by JBurke (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-09-21 18:14

Hi, JBurke. If you're really

Hi, JBurke. If you're really interested in having one built, email me at hillary (dot) dickman (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll chat. The shipping may not be worth it, but we'll see!

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-09-23 13:55

Im to the "x" stage and I'm

Im to the "x" stage and I'm about to pull my hair out!!!! Hahaha
My miter saw does not do 60's and I'm not great yet with the circular saw. Obviously. I don't want to give up but I'm stuck!!!!!! Lol

posted by Brooke smith (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-09-24 19:20

Im to the "x" stage and I'm

Im to the "x" stage and I'm about to pull my hair out!!!! Hahaha
My miter saw does not do 60's and I'm not great yet with the circular saw. Obviously. I don't want to give up but I'm stuck!!!!!! Lol

posted by Brooke smith (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-09-24 19:20

For the Xs I had to pull the

For the Xs I had to pull the 2x2 out away from the fence. I first held the 2x2 up to the console and marked where I needed to cut. Then I lined up my miter saw blade with the mark and then cut. It was (I'm sure) not the safest way to do it but I kept a lot of pressure on the 2x2 and kept my hands far, far away from the blade. Good luck. :)

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-09-24 20:28
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Tenon saw

You can get an inexpensive back saw at most home centers or hardware stores. They're great for these kinds of inconvenient cuts. If you haven't used a saw like this before you should look up some of the videos out there on cutting with hand saws (especially First Class Cuts).

It's a versatile tool. I use one of these saws, a cheap chisel, a speed square and a sharp pocket knife to build a desk on Saturday.

posted by claydowling | on Mon, 2012-09-24 22:27

What type of wood did you use?

Do you use just regular "white wood" like you get at lowes, home depot, or any other fine home store? Pressure treated or just plain stud lumber.

posted by mblee (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-10-02 10:33

Wood

I just used the cheapest of each kind. My 2x4 were studs.
Also make sure you get the straightest boards possible. I found this out the hard way. The 2x2's are the hardest ones to find good ones but it makes this project A LOT easier if they are straight! Lol
Good luck!

posted by Brooke Smith (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-10-02 10:48

The 1x12s for the shelves

The 1x12s for the shelves were whitewood, which I think is the same as (or similar to) #2 Pine. The 2x2s were furring strips, which are whitewood too, I think. Brooke is right -- they are really hard to find straight and some days you have to leave and come back after they've gotten a fresh shipment. The 2x4s and 2x6s were fir. Do not use pressure treated lumber for this project unless you're planning to put it outside. Even then, you could get away without it, I think.

All the lumber for this project came from Lowe's. In my town, Lowe's has okay lumber for rustic projects, but HD is much better if you want higher quality (straight) boards. That probably isn't true everywhere. It definitely pays to look at both places or other lumber yards in your town.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-10-02 12:57

Rustic X console?

I was wondering if any of you all have had to put a support piece of wood in the middle for the two shelves?

posted by Cliff (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-10-25 13:39

rustic x console

Nope, no support. But it does have pocket screws joining it to the middle legs.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-10-25 16:41

Middle shelves

Love it. But do you attach the middle shelves. I have never used ph and I am not sure by the instructions on how to do the middle shelves. Also, if I was not going to use ph how would I attach the middle shelves? Thank you!

posted by Odu2010 (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-11-02 08:34

rustic x console

Drill pocket holes into the underside of the shelf where it lines up with the legs and the 2x2 face frame. If you decide not to use pocket holes, then countersink screws from the legs and the face frame into the middle shelf. I would definitely recommend pocket holes. Once you watch the video that comes with the kreg jig (or on the Kreg website) you'll see how easy it is.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-11-02 12:14

Update: I ended up making my

Update: I ended up making my x's crosses! It was a gift for my preachers wife and it came to me after I went to bed that why don't I just make them straight edged crosses? They looked awesome :)
I will try to post a picture if I can figure that out hahaa

posted by Brooke smith (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-11-02 09:37

rustic cross console

What a great idea! I hope I'll get to see photos!

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-11-02 12:16

RUSTIC X BOOKCASE

I would like to use this same idea but as a 46" wide by 6 ft tall bookcase, How do I convert this and know how much wood I need? The room I'll put it in is old knotty pine so I want to try to match that finish. Any ideas will help. I have been after my husband to build bookcase for many years but I thought I would try to build it myself if I could get easy clear instructions. All help would be appreciated!! Thanks, Bebe

posted by Bebe Gaddy (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-11-04 08:57

What is the exact stain that

What is the exact stain that you used for the original piece?

posted by Kyla (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-11-11 21:34

how to oxidize wood

Here is the tutorial: http://thefriendlyhome.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-oxidize-wood.html

Good luck!

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-11-11 22:47

What is the exact stain that

What is the exact stain that you used for the original piece?

posted by Kyla (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-11-11 21:35

Hex Bolts?

This is a great table! I can't thank you enough for sharing your knowledge with the public. What a sense of accomplishment when someone who doesn't have any woodworking experience can build such a nice table. Quick question: I know you said you got the hex bolts from Lowe's and painted them... but how did you attach them? Did you just pre-drill a hole and screw them in? Did you use nuts on the reverse side and a washer in front? I'm worried I will strip the wood. They are just 1/2" x 1" right? Thanks again for all the help!!

posted by Ryan D (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-11-29 10:03

DIY Rustic X Console Table

I finally posted about my console table! Thank you so so so so so very much for this amazing tutorial! Your website and you are SO INSPIRING!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

http://southernbellesoulmountainbrideheart.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-little...

posted by Amy Lou (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-12-30 18:37

Great!!

Thank you so much for posting your tutorial!! i just posted a concern about where to put the PH's for the shelves and your instructions were awesome!! Table looks great, thank you again.

posted by campo3030 | on Tue, 2013-06-11 14:38

When should I stain?

Today I went out and bought all my wood to create this beautiful piece. My question is this. When should I stain it? Should I stain after I cut and before putting it together or should I build first and then stain? Sorry if you have already answered this but I didn't see it anywhere...thank you!

posted by Christa Hobart (not verified) | on Fri, 2013-01-18 21:47

That's a great looking rustic

That's a great looking rustic console. Last year for Christmas I bought an
artificial christmas tree and put it on a console exactly like that. It looked awesome.

posted by milkyway | on Sat, 2013-01-19 15:19

cut list

i love this project but it is a little big for my house. i would like to make a scared down version of this. what would be the material list and cut sizes and list if i only wanted the project to be 4 foot long instead of 74 inches?

thank you ashley

posted by ashleysoko (not verified) | on Sun, 2013-01-20 17:13

Stain not changing color

My husband and I have made this piece and LOVE it. However we are at the staining part and my vinegar doesn't seem to be changing with the wool pad in it. How long does this take? I'm not noticing any difference at all in my pad disintegrating. Are there any tips tricks to this? Is there another way to go about getting this color? Thank you tons.

posted by Christa Hobart (not verified) | on Mon, 2013-01-21 20:18

Cost

Do you remember about how much the console ended up costing?! thanks so much!!

posted by Jami (not verified) | on Tue, 2013-01-22 16:26
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hardware

Hey all,
Where do I find the corner metal brackets and decorative hardware? I've tried Lowe's and Home Depot. Thanks!

posted by malaer613 | on Sun, 2013-03-03 14:06

90 degrees is already taken

90 degrees is already taken for the right angle (which is a place you're not cutting), so the two angles left have to add up to 90. netcom sa

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