In DIY Furniture, DIY Resources, Wall Shelves/Storage
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Last week I shared pictures of my DIY modern console table, and this week I am sharing the project plans.  The construction of the console table is similar in a lot of ways to my West Elm Inspired bookshelf.  Since both pieces are in my master bedroom, I wanted them to look similar and feel like they go together.

Supply List: 

  • 3- 1x12x8
  • 1- 1x6x4
  • 1- 1x3x4
  • 3- 1x2x8
  • 1/4 in plywood (36-1/2 x 20 in)
  • 1-1/4 in pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4 in Brad nails
  • Wood biscuits (or pocket hole screws)
  • Paint and stain (I used white paint and Rust-Oleum Kona Stain and Rust-Oleum Matte Polyurethane.)
  • 6 cabinet hinges
  • 3 magnetic cabinet catches

Cut List: 


  • 3 @ 38-1/2 in
  • 1 @ 37 in
  • 1 @ 36-1/2 in (cabinet front)
  • 2 @ 20 in
  • 1 @ 6 in


  • 2 @ 17-5/8 in


  • 2 @ 8-1/4 in (See step one for instructions)
  • 2 @ 5-1/4 in (See step one for instructions)


  • 4 @ 36-1/4 in (See step one for instructions)
  • 1 @ 38-1/2 in
  • 2 @ 10-1/2 in

1/4 in Plywood:

  • 36-1/2 x 20 in

Tools Needed: 

  • Miter saw
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
  • Biscuit joiner (optional)
  • Jig saw
  • Air compressor and nail gun

Project Plan: 

Step One:   

Cut out two side support pieces using 1×3 and 1×2 (see instructions provided below).  Then, attach the pieces using pocket hole screws.

Step Two:  

Make the bottom cabinet using 1×12.  I cut mine at a 45 degree angle and used biscuit joints.  Pocket hole screws could also be used (see instructions below).  

Step Three:  

Attach 37 in 1×12 shelf to cabinet box using pocket hole screws.

Step Four:  

Attach 6 in middle piece to cabinet box using 1-1/4 brad nails.

Step Five:  

Attach 1/4 plywood piece (36-1/2 x 20) to back of cabinet box with nails.

Step Six:  

Attach bottom cabinet to console table frame using screws.

Step Seven:  

Make top shelf from 1×12 and 1×2.  Use brad nails to attach pieces together (see illustration below).

Step Eight:  

Attach top shelf to console table using pocket hole screws.

Step Nine:  

Make two cabinet fronts out of 1×6 (17-5/8 in).  See illustration below for how to make the cut out for the cabinet front.

Step Ten:  

Make bottom cabinet front out of 1×12 (36 in).  Use illustration from step nine to make the cut out for the cabinet front.

Step Eleven:  

Sand and paint and stain.  I painted the console table white, and I used Rust-Oleum Kona Stain and Rust-Oleum Matte Polyurethane to stain the front pieces of the cabinet.

Step Twelve:   

Attach the front pieces to the bottom cabinet using cabinet hinges.  Also, attach magnetic cabinet catches.

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