How to Build a Console Table


Console tables are essential complimentary pieces of furniture that add a great deal of aesthetic appeal to your modern living room. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, building a console table on your own can save you hundreds of dollars over what you would have paid at a furniture store. While the process may seem extremely difficult, it is actually quite simple if you follow the proper instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 2x4x 96" boards
  • 1 2x4x 3/4" MDF board
  • 1 box of 3" flat-head wood screws
  • 1 pint semi-gloss paint
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Paint brush
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Take four 28" pieces of 2x4 wood and cut the piece of MDF wood in a 15"x48" piece using a circular saw. Use a pencil to draw little marks in the corners at 1 1/2" from the long side. Marks should be made a 2 1/2" and 3 3/4" in from that point as well. Drill pilot holes at all of these points.

  • Stand the table top up so that the pilot holes are facing towards you while laying an extra piece of MDF on the floor next to it. Grab an extra piece of 2x4" wood and put it flush with the table top and piece of MDF. This piece of wood provides an exact measurement of where your leg will go. Attach two screws to the pilot holes to secure the first leg to the table top. Continue until all four legs have been attached.

  • Cut two 2x4" pieces of wood at 10 1/8" long and two more at 41 3/4" long to act as support beams for the table. Slide one of the 10 1/8" pieces into one of the shorter sides of the table top between two of the legs. Drill two pilot holes into the leg posts and screw this piece of wood in between them. Repeat this step for the other side of the table.

  • Put one 41 3/4" piece of wood in between the two pieces of wood you just attached. Drill two pilot holes on both sides and screw them into the table. Repeat this step for all boards. Add a coat of wood stain or paint as desired.

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