Build it: Console Table

Posted on: September 4th, 2013 by Sandra Powell 5 Comments

I built this console table using easy pocket hole screw construction in just a few hours.  Then finished with paint and stain to create a beautiful, functinal piece of furniture for around $50!

This post includes the free plans and instructions.  For those that like to see actual building steps over drawn plans, I’ve documented each step with actual photos on The Sawdust Diaries.

$50 DIY Console Table



Materials needed:

  • two 8′ 2″x2″ (cut into four 32″ pieces for the legs)
  • two 6′ 1″x2″  (cut 12 1/2″ and 42 1/2″ out of each 6′ board)
  • two 6′ 1″x3″  (cut 12 1/2″ and 42 1/2″ out of each 6′ board)
  • one 8′ 1″x10″ (cut two 4′ sections and glue up together to make a wide top
  • either 1/4″ sheet 3/4″ plywood OR scraps of 3/4″ plywood 12 1/2″ long at various widths to equal 42 1/2″
  • wood glue
  • 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws for 3/4″ material
  • Kreg Pocket hole jig


1.  Attach top apron to leg pairs

  • Use 1 1/4″  pocket hole screws
  • leave 1/4″ reveal on the front of apron

console table free plans and tutorial


2.  Attach lower apron to leg pairs

  • I have the top of lower apron be at 12″ but you can attach lower or higher if you like.
  • Use 1 1/4″ pocket scews
  • lower apron is flush with the inside of legs.

console table free plans and tutorial

3.  Attach leg pairs with pocket screws with long apron parts.

  • make sure to leave a similar 1/4″ reveal on the outside of the top apron
  • make sure to attach lower apron flush with the inside of legs

console table free plans and tutorial

Close up of lower apron attached flush with inside of legs

console table free plans and tutorial


Close up of upper apron with 1/4″ reveal on outside of legs


console table free plans and tutorial

4.  Attach cleats to the inside of lower apron to create a ridge to set shelf on.

  • Attach with glue and clamps
  • make sure to attach it so the height above the cleat matches the thickness of the wood you are using for your shelf

console table free plans and tutorial


5.  Attach  shelf.

  • Shelf option 1:  solid shelf made of plywood or solid wood

console table free plans and tutorial


  • Shelf option 2:  strips of wood, painted or stained to add visual interest.

console table free plans and tutorial

6.  Attach cleats for tabletop

  • use 1 1/4″ pocket screws to attach cleats to side apron ( this will give you something to easily screw the tabletop into).

console table free plans and tutorial

7.  Attach tabletop.   I used one 8′ 1×10 cut in half lengthwise, glued together widthwise to make my top.

  • (screw from underneath the table up through the cleats)
  • Top could be plywood edged with 1×2 and stained or painted or it could be MDF  (lots of options)

console table free plans and tutorial


I needed something out on the screened in porch for drinks and what-not.  This is a temporary fix as we want an outdoor tv someday that will need to be housed in a cabinet to protect it from the rain that occasionally gets in but it’s functional and looks better than a plastic table.  If you make this plan I’d love to see you share your pictures on The Sawdust Diaries!

If you want to see real life photos of the building process as well as more finished table pictures, head over to The Sawdust Diaries and check it out there!


Build it:  $50 Console Table

Tags: , ,

Disclaimer: Although it is my intention to provide accurate plans and clear instructions, not all plans have been tried and tested. Using plans or information found on indicates that you agree with the Terms of Use policy and will accept full responsibility for the process and outcome of any project you attempt. All plans are for private use only. Plans and information published on may not be reproduced, republished or distributed in any manner without written permission from Sandra Powell, Sawdust Girl. Actual projects built using Sawdust Girl plans may be published on your own site without instructions or "tutorial" as long as you provide a link to my original post with full post title or "" as link title.

5 thoughts on “Build it: Console Table

  1. I just made this exact table for my laundry room! Pocket holes and all!! I needed a table to fold clothes on and store our laundry baskets. I used an old door for the top and extra laminate shelves I had for the shelf, but it’s pretty much that exact table! It’s so useful.

  2. Krista says:

    The legs look like they taper a bit at the bottom, but I don’t see that in the plans? Lovely table.

  3. Danielle says:

    Thank you so much for these fantastic plans. I recreated a table for my entryway using the plans…I’m really happy with the results…but I am fairly new to using wood stain. What colors did you use?