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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Jaime (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 06:44

I was just thinking TWO days ago how much I loved the idea of an apothecary style cabinet for DVD/CD storage! YOU READ MY MIND!!! I love the plans ... and even more ... I LOVE THE LAYOUT of the page!! Very visually friendly. :D Thanks a bunch! I can't wait to get started on this!

Jeff (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 08:13


Thanks for your plans. I haven't been able to start any quite yet, but my list grows longer by the day.



Susie (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 08:28

Wow! Love this Ana, THANK YOU! This is exactly what I need as a media console! I love your site and look forward to new posts daily. I have a huge list of projects already and am looking forward to getting some helpful tools for Mother's Day! Thanks again!

The Cookie Lover (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 08:52

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Can't wait to make one! I'm transitioning from sewing to building to be my favorite hobby! I make custom window treatments to fund my building projects!

Marissa (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 09:51

You seriously have THE COOLEST blog EVER!! I love it. I found you about a month ago and I'm so excited to make something but I haven't decided what yet. I need some shelves for my sewing studio so I think I might start there. I really like the look of the expedit ones that Ikea has, do you have any plans similar to those?

Shelly (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 12:44

I would love for you to also post an option to build the tiny drawers as this is a feature I want to incorporate into the kitchen cabinets I plan to build.

Sara (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 17:28

I love everything you put up!!! What TV Channel would you like a show on I will seriously write them and we could get all your fans to sign it saying you deserve a show!!!!

Vanilla Comfort (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 19:39

Sponsoring posts is a great idea ANA! You are turning out to be quite the savvy business-mama on top of being a builder-mama. If I had something to advertise I would. Maybe when my blog gets going! That other single mama took the words right out of my mouth. I actually did cry when I looked at the PB catalog last night. Not because I realized I would never be able to afford anything, but because I realized I could actually BUILD whatever I want! Including the apothacary chest! I was going to ask for this! I love it. My favorite project lately though is that dresser Cameron made. WOW. Amazing. I want to make one exactly like it. I can't believe thats a second project. WOW.