Simplified 8' Barn Door Console Plans

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 10/19/2020 - 16:03
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One of our most popular projects is this barn door console.  But we wanted to make it even simpler and easier to build - and in a longer length! - so more people can have this amazing project in their home for about $350.  The console in this plan is a whopping eight feet long, three feet tall and about 16" deep (it's BIG).  Paint or stain any color.  Free plans by Ana-White.com

Updated: 6' Version Now Available Here

8' long barn door console plans

photo by Estate of Bliss LLC

Want to make your living room instantly gorgeous (and tidier)?

A barn door door console can change everything!

ana white barn door console

Instead of paying $1000+, have you thought about building it yourself?

  • No particle board - this will last as long as you want it to
  • Solid wood top
  • You choose the finish
  • Rustic look from using solid wood
  • Save hundreds of dollars - we estimate building it yourself will cost about $350
  • You only get to pick on piece in that spot - might as well make it the right piece!

Want to Order a Pre-Cut Kit?

Don't have a truck or a table saw to cut the plywood? 

I can help!

Let me ship the plywood pieces to your front door, precisely cut on a factory panel saw, with the front edges finished.  Since you only pay for exactly what you need (no scraps) and you don't have to buy edge banding, the price is only a little more for all this convenience and accuracy. And you don't have to go out and buy and store a big, expensive, dangerous table saw.

Order the kit for this 8' barn door console carcass here

Want to do everything yourself?  No problem - we have the plywood cuts listed in the cut list too.

ana white barn door console plans

Dimensions
barn door console dimensions
This console is VERY BIG - about the size of a large sideboard - 8' long, 3' tall and 16" deep

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 8’ Barn Door Console Carcass Kit from Shelf Help OR 2 sheets of 3/4" thick Hardwood Plywood, ripped into strips 15-1/4" wide x 8 feet long AND 30 feet of edge banding in matching veneer
  • 2 - 1x3 furring strips, 8 feet long
  • 5 - 1x4 pine boards, 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x2 pine board, 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x2 pine board, 4 feet long
  • 3 - 1x6 pine boards, 8 feet long
  • 1 - ¼” plywood half sheet (4’x 4’) for half back, or full sheet (8’x4’) for full back
  • 100 pack of 1-¼” coarse Kreg Pocket Hole Screws
  • 100 - 1-¼” brad nails
  • 100 - ¾” brad nails
  • 8’ barn door mini kit for cabinets like this one or DIY your own
  • Circular Saw
  • Drill
  • Kreg Jig
  • 18 Gauge Brad Nailer
  • Palm Sander with 120 grit sandpaper
  • Measuring Tape
  • Safety Glasses
Cut List

Carcass Pieces (if NOT ordering from Shelf Help)

  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-1/4" x 45-3/4"
  • 4 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-1/4" x 22-7/8"
  • 4 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-1/4" x 35-1/4"

Trim, Top, Back and Door Pieces

  • 4 - 1x3 @ 22-⅞” Bay Supports
  • 2 - 1x3 @ 45-¾” Bay Supports
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 35-¼” - Face Frame Stiles*
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 87-½” - Face Frame Rails
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 28-¼” - Face Frame Mid Stile
  • 1 - ¼” plywood @ 48” x 32” - Back
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 16” - Base Ends
  • 3 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 29-½” - Door Stiles
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 15” - Door Rails
  • 2 - ¼” plywood @ 16” x 24” - Door backs

*Do not cut two 35-¼” pieces from the same 1x4 - instead cut | 35-¼” | 29-½” | 29-½” | so that all the cuts fit on your shopping list

 

Tools
Tape Measure
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

On all shelf (horizontal) plywood pieces, drill three ¾” pocket holes on each end.

Attach to the side (vertical) plywood pieces with 1-¼” pocket hole screws, spacing as shown in the diagram.

 

Step 2

Drill two ¾” pocket holes on each end of the bay support pieces.  Attach inside the bays with 1-¼” pocket hole screws as shown in the diagram.

 

Step 3

Drill two ¾” pocket holes on each end of the rails.  Attach to the stiles with 1-¼’ pocket hole screws. Repeat for the mid stile, centering.

 

Step 4

You can do a full back or half back as shown.

Cut with a circular saw, elevating the plywood off the floor with scrap wood pieces.  Make sure you adjust your circular saw so the blade is about ⅜” cutting depth.

Attach to back with ¾” brad nails and wood glue, to all shelves, sides, bay supports for maximum strength.

 

Step 5

Measure and cut the base trim ends from the 1x2 @ 4 feet long.

Attach with glue and 1-¼” brad nails.

 

Step 6

Measure and cut the front base trim.

Attach with 1-¼” brad nails and wood glue to the front.

 

Step 7

Attach the 1x6 boards together with ¾” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Position on top with even overhangs on the ends, flush to the back, and attach with glue and 1-¼” brad nails.

 

Step 8

Depending on your hardware specs, you may wish to size and build your drawers after hardware installation.

Attach the door rails to the stiles with ¾” pocket holes and 1-¼” pocket hole screws.  Then attach the back to the doors with ¾” brad nails and glue.

Step 9

Hang doors with 8’ barn door hardware kit.

 

Comments

Blndee217

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 09:24

I wanted to view the plans for the 6' version as indicated in the post; however, when I click the link it gives a 404 error that the page isn't available. I realize to reduce the size, I should reduce the measurements, but I am new to woodworking and want to have plans. Can you point me in the direction of the 6' plans? Thank you!!

cwatson

Sun, 10/25/2020 - 16:42

Hi Ana, just bought your book and I'm really excited to get started. Brand new to any type of woodworking. My wife and I just purchased our first house and we are so excited to fill it with your inspired designs. I was looking for the 6' version of this console and got the same 404 page not found error. Also, do you have any other books that I can check out and purchase? Thank you so much!

jmartinezorlando73

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 09:19

I just created this masterpiece and I cant thank you enough for the plans. I am VERY new to woodworking but your plans and site have made it easier for me to understand. I am waiting on my hardware, but I will brag about it this week when it comes in and I can install the doors. I did add 1/4 inch bead board on the entire back and gut out 2" holes with grommets to allow for wires to come through and plug stuff in.

jmartinezorlando73

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 09:18

There is an upgrade that I put into the plan. The mini cabinet hardware screws that came with the door hardware were very long and actually went through the facing. I actually put in a 1x2 on the inside edge of the facing across the top using glue and brads. This allowed for the screws to grab better and not have the screws go through the 1x4h