My husband and I were cleaning out our basement a few months ago and we found a bunch of oak spindles that the previous owner left us. I was really excited because I knew that I could put them to good use and make a piece of furniture. I’ve always wanted a console table for my upstairs hallway so I built just that!
Since I didn’t pay for the oak spindles that I used to make the base of the console table, I splurged and bought some African mahogany for the top. Even with that top the piece only cost me about $100. If you’re interested in making your own easy DIY console table keep scrolling for the build plans and some extra tips for a successful build.
*Note that while I used oak spindles and African mahogany for my table, the build plans use standard 2×2 boards for the base and a 2×8 board for the top.
The dimensions of this table are 40″ wide x 12-3/4″ deep and 32-1/4″ tall.
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(5) – 2×2 x 96″ boards
(1) – 2×8 x 96″ board
(88) -2.5″ pocket hole screws
(12) – 2″ screws
Below is a picture of the oak spindles that I found in my basement. Note that these are 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ however the plans utilize standard 2×2 boards that are 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″. So if you happen to use oak spindles for your build be sure to adjust your dimensions accordingly.
There is no shortage of pocket holes on this build! What’s great is that they are all on the bottom of the piece so you’ll never see them!
Sanding your 2×2 pieces before you start assembling the table is highly recommended. Once it’s built there are a bunch of small areas that are going to be very difficult to access.
First, I started by attaching the legs to the 36″ top support.
Then I added the 8-3/4″ top supports.
And the other legs.
For even spacing between each board I cut two pieces of scrap wood to exactly 1-3/8″ to use as spacers.
Build the bottom shelf before attaching it to the legs.
I also cut spacers to align the bottom shelf to the legs.
For the top I used a 2″ thick piece of African mahogany. If you’re looking for something less expensive, the plans show the build using two 2×8 boards that are ripped down to allow for less overhang.
Easy DIY Console Table – Finished Photos
This console table fits my space perfectly and adds some much needed warmth to my upstairs hallway!
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