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3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

January 30, 2014 |
posted by Ana White
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3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

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About Project

Author Notes: 

Hello DIY Friends!

Man, do we ever have a treat for you today!!!

My friend Jaime from That's My Letter wanted to add more storage to her entryway, so she asked me to draw plans for a console.  She really liked the style of the Pottery Barn Samantha Console, but needed something taller, and a little more budget friendly. 

I think Jaime totally "nailed" this one, don't you???

I especially love these drawers with a concealed bottom center mount drawer slide that Jaime guarantees are a cinch to install!

Of course plans follow - but before you check them out, please stop over and read Jaime's building post and check out lots more photos and details!

Thanks Jaime!

XO Ana + Fam

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console
Dimensions: 
Dimensions shown above - this console is pretty large, so measure your space first!

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 sheet of 3/4” plywood cut into 2 strips 8 feet long x 15-3/4” wide, and remaining strip is 14-1/4” wide (for shelves)
1 sheet (4’x8’) 1/4” plywood or paneling for back
5 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
4 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 4 feet long
Edge banding on front edge of plywood
1-1/4” pocket hole screws
1-1/4” and 3/4” finish nails
3 - 13” Bottom center mount drawer slides (these slides are recommended)

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
jigsaw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

1 - 3/4” plywood @ 15-3/4” x 46-1/2” (top)
2 - 3/4” plywood @ 15-3/4” x 35-1/4” (sides)
1 - 3/4” plywood @ 15-3/4” x 45” (bottom)
1 - 1x4 @ 45" (back support)
3 - 1x2 @ 45”
2 - 1x2 @ 5-3/4”
2 - 1x2 @ 15-3/4”
1 - 1x2 @ 48”
2 - 1x4 @ 15-3/4”
1 - 1x4 @ 48”
1 - 1/4” plywood @ 46-1/2” x 36”

DRAWER
6 - 1x4 @ 12”
6 - 1x4 @ 12-1/2”
3 - 1x6 @ 13-3/4” - cut to fit
3 - 1/4" plywood @ 13 1/2" x 12 1/2"

SHELVES
2 - 3/4” plywood @ 14-1/4” x 45” (cut 1/4” shorter if using shelf pins)
4 - 1x2 @ 45

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

3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

Start by building the main box for the console.

NOTE: It's a good idea to drill 3/4" pocket holes facing forward along underside of bottom shelf for attaching the front footer in later steps.

Step 2

3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

Attach back 1x4 (shown with 1x2 but Jaime recommends a 1x4 instead - this is updated in cut list) to give you something to attach drawer slides to.

Step 3

3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

Build the front face frame and attach to front of console, inset and flush to front.

Step 4

3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

Trim out top edges of top with 1x2s - I recommend cutting these to fit.

TIP: For an even nicer finish, consider mitering corners at 45 degrees.

Step 5

3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

Attach base boards around bottom.

Jaime recommends using a roll of tape for the curved pattern.

Step 6

3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

It's always a good idea to build drawer boxes to fit openings and spec with the drawer slides. Adjust to fit as necessary.

Step 7

3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

For bottom center mount drawer slides, Jaime recommends adding the last remaining 1x2 on the inside of the front, as shown below, to give you something to attach drawer slides to.

Install drawer slides and drawer, with front inset 3/4" to allow for the drawer face to be inset.

Jaime provides lots more details here on installing and adjusting bottom center mount drawer slides.

Step 8

3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

Attach the drawer faces with an 1/8" gap around all sides to the drawer boxes.

Step 9

3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

Attach back with glue and finish nails or staples.

Step 10

3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

Trim front of shelves with 1x2s (can be done with pocket holes) and add to inside of console. Shelves can be fixed or adjustable with shelf pin holes.

Step 11

3 Drawer Open Shelf Simple Entryway Console

Jaime opted to frame out bottom with partitions to fit baskets - get more details here on how she did that.

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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DecorSanity's picture

Taller and Thinner....

...is a great option to have for an entry way table. It seems like all of the tables you find with storage are shorter and quite a bit deeper. The taller thinner ones just have four legs or maybe a shelf. This is a great option that combines ideal size for small spaces with storage. Love it, good job ladies!

posted by DecorSanity | on Thu, 2014-01-30 15:40

Love this. I'm thinking I

Love this. I'm thinking I might move the drawers to the bottom and use it as a media console.

posted by Kero | on Fri, 2014-01-31 12:32

I love it, but want it to be a bit deeper

I am planning on building this to place my bearded dragon terrarium on top of. Rather than the 48" x 16 1/2" plan that is shown I need 48" x 24". I was wondering if anyone could help me with the cuts. I am new to building furniture but have general woodworking knowledge and ability. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

posted by Sarnald | on Sat, 2014-03-01 13:35

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