We have already covered plans for the table , found here, and the bench! We are moving right along to the Console today and for tomorrow…well you will just have to wait and see! Promise it’s one of the best yet… Outdoor Living here we come! Now if only I could Photoshop in some shade for my teeny tiny yard, we would be in business in a serious way!
This plan comes in at under $25! That makes me smile…hope you like that too! Who doesn’t like to save?
Saw – Optional if you have your local lumber supply cut your boards.
1 – 1×2 at 10’ or 2 at 6’ (purchase 2 – 8’ furring strips if your can, they are much cheaper and though you will have extra, you will save)
4 – 1×3 at 8’ (2 at 41” and 1 at 13 1/2” per board)
1 – 2×3 at 10’ or 2 at 6’
1 – 2×4 at 6’
2 – 2×4 at 8’
2 1/2” Pocket Hole Screws
1 1/4” Pocket Hole Screws
Wood Glue – needs to be suitable for outdoor use
Wood Filler – needs to be suitable for outdoor use
Finishing Supplies – needs to be suitable for outdoor use
4 – 2×3 at 28 1/2” Legs
2 – 2×4 at 48” Console Top
2 – 2×4 at 11 1/2” Console Top
3 – 2×4 at 41” Console Top
8 – 1×3 at 41” Aprons and Lower Shelf
4 – 1×3 at 13 1/2” Aprons and Lower Shelf
2 – 1×2 at 41” Lower Shelf Aprons
2 – 1×2 at 13 1/2” Lower Shelf Aprons
If this will be for outdoor use, consider using a specie of wood that does well in an outdoor setting. Not required, but will make for a longer lasting piece that won’t need to be refinished or sealed as frequently. I have given you extra room for error when mitering the angles, just so you know.
Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices.
Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Build your ConsoleTop: Join the Bread Boards to the Outside Boards and join the Center Boards to the Outer Bread Boards using your pocket hole system set for 1 1/2” stock and your 2 1/2” pocket hole screws and glue. Be sure to use glue that is applicable for outdoor projects. Space the Center Boards 1/4” apart.
Attach the Aprons and Legs: Use your pocket hole system set for 1 1/2” stock and your 2 1/2” pocket hole screws and glue to attach the Legs to the Table Top. The Legs will sit 1” in from the edges on both front/back and sides. After you attach the Legs to the table top, attach the Aprons to the Legs and to the Table Top using your pocket hole system set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue. The Aprons will sit flush with the inside of the legs on the front and back and will sit 3/4” in from the outside of the legs on the sides.
Fasten the Lower Shelf in Place: You will Fasten the Outer Side Boards to the Legs using your pocket hole system set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue and you will fasten your Center Boards for the Shelf to the Outer Boards leaving 1/4” spacing between them, using your pocket hole system set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue. The Front and Back, outermost board will sit in 1/8” from the front/back edges of the legs and will attach with one pocket hole to the outer boards and one pocket hole attaching it to the Legs, as shown in the image below.
Attach the Lower Shelf Aprons: Fasten to the legs using your pocket hole system set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue. The aprons will provide a bit of support for the shelf, but are also for aesthetic purposes…in other words, they look good… The aprons will sit flush with the inside of the legs on the front and back and will sit in 3/4” from the outside of the legs on the sides.
Fill and Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School, consider a water seal or outdoor appropriate sealant/finish if this will be used outside.
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