Simple Rustic Modern Console Table

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 02/19/2020 - 13:55
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Build your own rustic modern console table!  This easy to tackle DIY project just uses a few boards and you can nail it all together.  Free step by step plans from

simple console table plans

Build your own console table.  This easy to build plan uses off the shelf boards - so just chop, and nail together!

Why We Love It

  • Perfect console table height
  • Three large cubbies fit most standard baskets and bins less than 16" wide x 11" deep x 10" tall 
  • Solid wood design is easy to stain for a beautiful wood accent
  • Narrow design fits in most halls or entryways
  • Easy to build with basic tools and off the shelf materials

Baskets that Fit

We designed this console table to fit most standard bins or baskets designed for closet shelving.

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Simple Modern Console Table Plans

The free plans for this console table follow.  

simple modern console table plans

dimensions of console table
51" wide x 11-1/4" deep x 30" tall


Shopping List

2 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long (whitewood or spruce boards are fine)

1 - 1x10 @ 10 feet long

1-1/4" brad nails or 1-1/4" pocket hole screws if using a Kreg Jig

wood glue

Cut List
  • 2 – 1×12 @ 29-1/4″ - legs 
  • 1 – 1×12 @ 49-1/2″ - shelf
  • 2 - 1x12 @ 10" - dividers
  • 1 – 1×12 @ 51″ - top
  • 2 - 1x10 @ 49-1/2" - inside back
Cutting Instructions
  • From first 1x12, cut the top, one leg, and one divider
  • From second 1x12, cut the shelf, one leg and one divider
  • Cut both 1x10 pieces from the 1x10 board
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Attach the top to the legs with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue or use your Kreg Jig on the 3/4" setting with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Place the two dividers inside the project on the ends as shown, do NOT attach.

Place shelf on top.

Attach shelf to the legs using the same method as you used to attach the top.

Step 3

Move the dividers inward 16".

Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Step 4

Apply glue to all four edges of the first 1x10 and place inside the shelf.

Avoid glue drying on the bare wood as it will not be stainable later.  Wipe off with a wet cloth as soon as possible.

Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue from sides and from top.

Apply glue to the second 1x10 ends and place in the project.

Nail from sides to attach.


The Faveros (not verified)

Mon, 01/25/2010 - 07:30

Wow!! That is super easy - I think this is my new project for wedding gifts!! Thanks so much for posting this idea

Marcella (not verified)

Mon, 01/25/2010 - 07:34

omg! this is what i just told my hubby yesterday we needed for our stereo system! lol.. thank ana! it's like you're reading my mind on what we need in the house!

Amy Morris (not verified)

Mon, 01/25/2010 - 08:33

My little front entrance is dying for this. I'll have to make it a bit shorter, but I could put this baby together in no time! Perfect, thank you!

Anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 00:56

Hi Ana,
I'm in love with your site! Have you ever built a crib? My baby is due in july and I would love to see (and try to build) some baby furniture!

Enjoy your holidays and best luck with your TV show!


Ana White (not verified)

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 08:11

Go ahead and shorten the legs, just remember a standard bench height at the top is 18", so the legs would need to be 17 1/4" long.

Dustin and Eri… (not verified)

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 19:58

Oh my gosh, I am absolutely in LOVE with this website! I'm always saying how I wish I could build things...and now I think I CAN! I think I'll start with this, but I have plans to make many many things on your website. THANK YOU!!!

MarieC (not verified)

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 13:41

Hi Ana

The actual picture from a reader shows a shelf. How would I incorporate this into your plans?

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