Apothecary Console

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 04/29/2010 - 22:59
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This beautiful apothecary console features three open cubbies perfect for storing entertainment controllers, four drawers and two cabinets, all concealed by door fronts that look like an apothecary cabinet. Loved by so many, this console is easy to build and can add that touch of character to your family room.

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

2 – Sheets of 3/4″ MDF or Plywood, cut into 15 1/2″ wide strips, 8′ Long 1 – 1/4″ Plywood or Lauan or MDF (for the back) 1 – 12′ 1×6 AND 1- 8′ 1×6 Boards 2 – 1×2 Boards 2″ Screws 1 1/4″ Screws Wood Glue Wood Filler and Finishing Supplies

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

3 – 1×16 @ 61 1/2″ (Shelves) 2 – 1×16 @ 16 1/4″ (Bottom Dividers) 2 – 1×16 @ 14 3/4″ (Drawer Dividers) 2 – 1×16 @ 7″ (Top Dividers) 2- 1×16 @ 27″ (Sides) 1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 63 x 27″ (Back) 3 – 1×6 @ 65″ (Top) 1 – 1×2 @ 61 1/2″ (Inset front footer) 2 – 1×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Side Footer) 1 – 1×2 @ 64 1/2″ (Front Footer)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Remember, you can click on images to see a larger view. Work on a clean level surface. Take a square of your project after each step. Use good straight boards. Mark out joints on both sides before fastening. If you are working with MDF, use drywall screws to avoid splitting the MDF and be sure to countersink and predrill the entire length of the screw. Avoid fastening within 1″ of the ends of a board if you are using MDF to prevent splitting. Use glue unless otherwise directed. Use necessary safety precautions and equipment. The box of this cabinet is built with 1x16s (read here on how to get a 1×16). You can also use 1 1×12 width or even a 1×10 width (for a console size, especially if you are using this as a flat panel media console and space is at a premium).


Step 1

Box Partitions Begin by marking out all the joints on both sides of the boards as shown above. Don’t forget that the boards are 3/4″ thick. Then beginning on the bottom partition (yellow) attach the green partition. Now attach the yellow boards to the purple. Finally, attach the blue boards to the purple. Use 2″ screws and glue. Remember, you can click on images to see a full size view.

Step 2

Finish the Box Begin by marking joints on both sides of the boards. Then attach with 2″ screws and glue the top to the top partitions. Then attach the sides to all of the shelves and the top, ash shown above.

Step 3

Back Cut your 1/4″ plywood as shown above. Then use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to attach the back to the box. Don’t forget to fasten to all of the partitions and shelves. Make sure your project is nice and square before attaching the back. The measurements shown here are slightly different from the cut list because I choose to make the cabinet slightly taller for drawer reasons, but either measurement would work just fine.

Step 4

Top Using 1 1/4″ screws and glue, fasten the top boards to the top. Notice that there is a 1″ overhang on the front and the sides, but the back rests flush with the back edge of the sides.

Step 5

Step 6

Footer, Front Using 1 1/4″ Screws or nails and glue, fasten the front footer to the pieces from step 5. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 7

Drawers and Doors: Click here for Part 2 

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Amanda (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 03:07

I love all your stuff, but I am particularly excited about this post! I love the look of an apothecary cabinet, and I actually considered spending the $XXXX PB charges for their version. Just Monday, I also considered spending $XXXX for a real apothecary cabinet at an antique mall. I am THRILLED (imagine even bigger font) to see that I can build the look I want. Thank you forever for these plans!!

GreenerLinen (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 03:13

This would make a PERFECT media cabinet.
I'm not going to be building this in my tiny apartment any time soon, but I think it's LOVELY.
Also I'm digging the new layout, very clean looks great.

Cottage on the Hill (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 03:26

OHHHHH Ana!! You read my mind! I was drooling over this console the other day while looking thru the new PB catalog. Thanks so much...

nillabeans6 (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 04:04

I was wishing over one on Craigslist the other day, too, thinking that wouldn't be something I could build. Then my husband said "You can't actually store anything in one of those because the drawers are too small." My hopes were dashed--until NOW!!! Thank you, Ana! You are incredible.

Ryan and LeDawn (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 04:15

I LOVE it! I actually HAD to do a post on my blog about this peice and link to you and here a tid bit of what I said:

I have had this love/slight obsession with anything and everything apothecary for as along as I can remember! I believe it stemmed from a friends episode with Rachael buying an apothecary table at Pottery Barn and Phebe flipping out when she realized where it was from. I have been enamoured since that episode! And I find it kind of ironic how that episode was about Pottery Barn and Ana with Knock-Off Wood was threatened by PB! I'm chuckling...

Seriously, in love! Thanks for all your hard work and sharing your talent!

Leslie (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 04:16

OH-MY-GOSH! You have been reading my mind, haven't you? I have been wanting one of these for what seems like forever. Just the other day, I was looking through a magazine, saw one and thought "Gosh, I wonder if I should request these plans on KOW?" And todaaaaaaaaaaay, here it is!

Thank you ever so much for this super perfect hack! You rock!

April (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 04:23

I saw this and thought it would be an awesome media cabinet too! Great minds I guess. I haven't built anything yet, but there a tons of things that I want to build and this guy is on the list!