The Console Table

Please tell me I’m not alone…!! I must admit that I have found myself (on more than one occasion) just staring at a room for what seems like an eternity…trying to figure out why the space isn’t functional or just feels a bit “off”. It was during one of these “I dare you to blink before I do” staring sessions that I decided to build a table for my guest room.

Lucky for me, I can always count on Ana’s plans to rescue me from decorating madness! Well at least when it comes to the furniture part. (For everything else…I probably need lots of therapy!)

But seriously…anyone else get caught up in the time-warp-room-stare?! I can’t be the only one… :-)

My console table's complete story:

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
One coat of Minwax Jacobean stain.
Recommended Skill Level


Guest (not verified)

Sat, 10/15/2011 - 21:49

How did you go about finding the wood that you purchased? I'm a newbee and all i have are Lowes & HD around me, also since I'm just starting out I don't have a saw- any suggestions?


Sun, 10/16/2011 - 02:22

Lowes and Home Depot both sell wood. However, it's worth finding a local lumber yard to get a better quality of material. Trying to build a table with material from a big-box store will be an exercise in frustration, because it will warp on you, and your nice flat table will develop some interesting twists that will probably keep all four feet from touching the ground at once. I've been there plenty of times, and it's very frustrating to tear something apart to replace wood that warped after everything was assembled.

If you go to a lumber yard and ask for #2 pine, you should get something pretty stable.

You'll also definitely need to pick up some tools. Anyplace that sells lumber has a saw that they can cut material to length with, but none of them will make cuts accurate enough for building furniture. The only cuts you want made for you are those necessary to get material into your vehicle.

There are hand tools of acceptable quality sold at Lowes and Home Depot (well, mostly acceptable quality: nobody sells a decent chisel). They're cheaper and a lot less intimidating than the power tools, and with a little practice it's easier to do accurate work. The downside is that you'll have to hunt a little more for resources to learn how to use them.

brookieanne (not verified)

Thu, 10/20/2011 - 15:03

I love the table - it looks great!
And the time-warp-room-stare??? Yep. That's why I'm on Ana's site! We just moved into a new house about 2 months ago and I need some furniture to help pull some rooms together!

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