how to make a console table

How to Make a Rustic Console Table

Our friends surprised us and built this DIY rustic wood console table when we bought our first home.

We were so thankful for our friends taking the time out of their busy lives to make such a beautiful and sturdy table.

This DIY rustic console table was sadly the sturdiest piece of furniture we owned at the time when we bought our first home.

We had a bunch of cheaply made particle board furniture from our 1-bedroom apartment, so we were really excited about this rock solid console table.

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Rustic Console Decorated for Fall

This project does require a kreg jig, so if you don’t know what that is or how to use it, I strongly recommend looking over this article.

It’s quite honestly one of the most useful tools I’ve ever purchased because I use it with every DIY furniture project.

Tools Required

  • Kreg Jig
  • Tape Measure
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hearing Protection
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Miter Saw
  • Speed Square
  • Screws
Some of the measurements on how to make a rustic console table

Cut List for DIY Rustic Console Table

12 – 2×2 @ 30”
6 – 2×4 @ 28 1/2″
2 – 1×12 @ 63 1/2″
5 – 2×4 @ 11 1/4″
2 – 2×2 @ 11 1/4″
2 – 2×2 @ 22 1/2″ (long point to short point, ends parallel, cut at 60 degrees off square)
4 – 2×2 @ 11 1/4″ (longest point to shortest point, long end cut at 60 degrees off square, short point cut at 30 degrees off square, angles are in same direction)
3 – 2×6 @ 74 1/2″

How to Make a DIY Wood Console Table

The first cuts that you are going to make are for the frame of the console table.

First cut the 2×4’s to 28.5 inches then cut the 2×2’s to 30 inches.

After you have made your cuts, start assembling the 2 frames of the console table as seen in the the picture below.

Attach the Frame to Console Table Shelves

Once the frames have been built, attach the frames to the shelves.

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Building the Console Table Frame
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After piecing together the frame and shelves

The 2×4 supports need to be the same width as the 1×12 boards – expected to be 11 1/4″ wide.

Then attach the frames and shelves, so the table will stand up.

To attach the frames to the shelves use 2 1/2″ pocket holes screw through 1 1/2″ pocket holes.

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Add the Trim to the Shelves

Then place the trim on the sides of the shelves.

Optional X Design

Then the next step is to make the X design on the sides of the console table.

Each cut on the ends of the first piece is 60 degrees.

Try practicing this cut on scrap wood before you cut your final pieces.

These cuts can be a little tricky to get correct on the first try.

If you would rather not add the X design to the table, the table will still look great without this design.

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Side View of the Console table
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Where the second piece contacts the first piece is cut at a 30 degree angle

How to Adhere the Top of the Console Table

Finally you can add the top portion to the console table frame.

I recommend to first build the top of the console table with 1 1/2″ pocket holes and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

Once the top has been competed then attach the top through 2×4/2×2 aprons or you can plank the top of the table.

Use your 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach the top.

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DIY Wood Console Table

Step 7 – Sanding the DIY Wood Console Table

I started with a course sandpaper in 60 grit to smooth deeper scratches in the wood then transitioned to a higher grit sandpaper.

After sanding with 60 grit, I used 150 grit sandpaper then 220 grit sandpaper to smooth these areas that were deeply sanded.

For all other areas that just needed a light sanding, I used a fine 220 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface, so the stain and paint would really stick.

How to Stain and Paint the DIY Rustic Console Table

I placed the console table in a well-ventilated area and a drop cloth under the table.

The stain has a strong odor because the stain is oil based, so make sure windows at least a few windows are open while staining and you wear an N95 mask and gloves. 

Next take a rag and wipe down the DIY wood console table to make sure all the sanding table has been removed.

Now that the table has been wiped clean, you can begin staining.

Grab an old t-shirt or a brush then apply a thin coat of stain in the same direction of the grain of the wood.

Let the stain sit for about 30 seconds then lightly wipe the stain with a t-shirt or rag.

Apply as many coats of stain as you need to achieve the color you prefer.

Wait at least an hour in between coats, so the stain applies evenly.

I applied 3-4 coats because I like a darker finish to match our Java Scrapped Pergo floors.

The Varathane Stain and Poly already had a clear coat built into the stain, so need to apply a clear topcoat.

I have also, used this same Varathane stain on my staircase and the stain looks great.

Here are some photos of other projects throughout my home that I used the Kona Semi-Gloss Stain:

How to Paint the Rustic Console Table

After staining the top of the console table, wipe down the bottom of the table to start painting.

To paint the console table, I used a Wooster Angled Brush and Behr Interior Semi- Gloss Enamel paint.

This brush did a great job to get into tighter areas and did not leave as many brush strokes compared to other brushes.

I have used Behr Interior Semi-Glass Enamel paint for a bathroom vanity, mirror frame, and kitchen cabinets.

So, I knew it would be good option for this project.

View our post here to see why we recommend this paint for this project, and several other projects.

Be sure to paint in the same direction with light to medium pressure on the brush.

I painted on a total of 2 coats and let the paint dry a few hours in between coats.

I did not apply a top protective coat as this paint is very durable.

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Rustic Console Table

Kreg Jig – If you need help using a Kreg Jig, see our post: Kreg Jig- Why you need it and how to use it

This has been a fantastic piece in our house and is incredibly sturdy.

If you have any questions, just let us know in the comments below.

To see more instructions on this Rustic X Console Table, visit Ana White’s post!

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8 thoughts on “How to Make a Rustic Console Table

  1. What size tv will this end up holding? I know I should be able to look at it and tell but I’m not good with adjusting measurements to make things work…. I’m hoping to adjust so we can fit a 75″ tv on it so maybe 80″ in length? How would I adjust the cuts in order to make this?

    1. Hi Katie! The top of the console table is 74.5 inches in length and 16.5 inches in width. The link below is to a Samsung 75 inch tv. It measures 66 inches in length, so this tv could fit. Also, make sure to measure the stand that is attached to the tb to make sure it will fit. Let me know if you have any other questions! – Lacey
      See below for Samsung Measurements:
      https://amzn.to/3eMFApM

  2. Hi, this is beautiful, was curious, is there a support under each shelf through the middle, or just pocket holes on the trim of shelves

    1. Hi Megan,

      Just the pocket holes along the perimeter of the shelves but wood glue is also used for the shelving. The very top is supported underneath by additional pieces of wood, as seen in the pictures. If you have any other questions just let me know!

  3. Thank you for the instructions. Would you mind providing instructions and or a picture of under the top of the table. I am having a tough time understanding how to secure that.

    Also how did you secure the X shapes on the sides?

    Thanks again for sharing this design!

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