Build Log: Console Table

I built a simple console table to organize items by the back door.


I looked online for some ideas and found a number of good examples to work from.

My goal with this project was to use exclusively biscuit joints with no metal fasteners. I wanted a simple and quick build using wood I had on hand, which ended up being 1x4s and 1x2s.


Materials Required

Material Quantity Description
1x4s 2 top shelf, legs
1x2s 1 feet
7/8” Screw-on gliders 4 adjustible gliders to level
White Primer 1 gallon Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer (1-coat)
White Paint 1 gallon Valspar Optimus (1-coat)
Stain As required Miniwax Cherry 235
Lacquer As required Deft Clear Wood Finish Satin
Wood Glue As required Elmer's Wood Glue
Sandpaper As required 120 and 220 grit

Tools Required

  • Miter saw
  • Biscuit joiner
  • Clamps
  • Square
  • Tape measure
  • Sander
  • Paint brushes
  • Router

I started by cutting two 1x4s to length to form the top surface. I cut biscuit holes and then glued and clamped these. While the top dried, I cut the legs and feet, cut biscuit holes, and glued these up. When the tabletop was dry, I trimmed the ends and used a router to cut a nice edge.

I chose to stain the top and paint the remainder white. For stain I used Miniwax Cherry 235, finished with several coats of Deft Clear Wood Finish, which is the same finish I have been using for wood carvings as well. For the painted surfaces I primed with Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer, followed by a coat of Valspar Optimus paint.

The last step was to install 7/8” Screw-on gliders from ACE Hardware to level the table. Being very narrow it is not particularly stable and needs to be positioned near a wall.

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