When you walk through the door of our 100+ year old house, you pretty much immediately walk into our dining room. For the first few years, we had a very large vintage secretary desk along the wall that we used to collect our mail, throw our keys on, and keep our junk. We all have one..... its that spot in your house that just seems to collect anything and everything.
This secretary desk was so big and so chunky, it took up so much space. And in our 1064 square foot home, every square foot is precious. So we relocated the desk and needed to find something to work in its place. We started combing through Pinterest, Houzz, and many other DIY websites to get ideas on what we might like. And then AH-HA! -"Let's build what we want!" We used some ideas we found online and modified them into an awesome console table that would go with the style of our home.
For this build, we went to our local big box home supply store and bought standard construction grade lumber. Before all builds, its important to remember to take your time and select your boards carefully. Look down the length of the boards, while on edge, and look for obvious bowing or twisting. Its an easy technique you can use to select the best lumber.
There are many ways to modify our plans to fit your space. Here is how we built ours:
(4) 2’’ x 2’’ x 8’ boards
(2) 2’’ x 3’’ x 8’ boards
(1) 2” x 6’’ x 8’ board
(3) 2’’ x 10’’ x 8’ boards
(4) 2x2s @ 48’’ for aprons
(4) 2x3s @ 28’’ for legs
(7) 2x3s @ 10’’ for leg braces and middle support
(1) 2x6 @ 63" for the top
(3) 2x10s @ 63" for the shelves and the top
Mitre Saw, Circular Saw, or Hand Saw
Pocket Hole Jig
2 1/2 " Pocket Hole Screws
2 1/2" Wood Screws
* For best results a right angle drill and clamps will come in handy, but are not necessary.
After the pocket holes have been successfully drilled, now is the ideal time to sand. Sanding after it is all assembled would be more difficult. The time on this could vary depending on the type of sanding you are doing. We used a hand sander at 80 grit, followed by 120 grit and it took about 45 minutes.
The hard work is over, and now its the easy part. Time to finish the project! At this point, your table is ready for paint or stain. We chose to stain the shelves with Special Walnut by Minwax and then used three coats of satin Polyurethane to protect it. For the base, we first primed with Kilz and then painted it in Ultra White by Valspar. We followed that up with a layer of furniture wax to keep the paint protected.
The last step is to take 2 1/2" screws and attach the shelves to the aprons by screwing them in from the bottom. This will hide your screws.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOUR DONE!!! Wasn't that a fantastic and rewarding project?! We had a blast making this little beauty for our home and hope you did as well. This is one of our favorite DIY furniture build projects. Tell us what you think of the project or tell us about your favorite DIY projects in the comments below.