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DIY WOOD CONSOLE TABLE

Filed in PROJECTS & DIY — March 25, 2022

Back when we did our living room refresh I was obsessed with this gorgeous reclaimed wood West Elm console table, just not the price tag it carries. Like usual we sought out to DIY a major dupe!

This one was a bit trickier without a planer to get those squared off edges on the pine boards. However, it is possible to get a clean finish without one. Using only 15 2×4 pine boards, this table cost about $50! Major dupe for that $500 table.

I missed most of the building process, and have shared that on IG, but so many of you are wanting the plans/process to make your own. So, here’s the tutorial below – really hope this explains it well without all the photos!

1. Cut 10 2×4 boards to desired height at a 45′ angle on one end. Ours is 31″H.
2. Leaving the first 2×4, using 3″ screws pre-drill holes and screw 4 2x4s into each other on one side.
3. Once 5 are completely screwed together use 3/8″ dowel rod and wood glue to attach the two sides together. Clamp till dry. Repeat steps 2-3 for the second side.
4. For the top cut 10 2×4 boards to desired width. Ours is 54″W. Cut both ends perpendicular at 45′ angles.
Essentially like this: \ /
5. Repeat same process as the ends screwing 5 boards together then attach in the middle using 3/8″ dowel rods and wood glue. Clamp to secure till dry.

6. Next, using a router with a straight edge bit, cut the top of the boards until all boards are even. Alternately, if you have a planer use that for this step to square off each edge.
7. Cutting with router at 1/4″ makes it easier to ensure router does not bind down and gouge wood. Once at desired depth, repeat with router on both height side pieces.

8. To attach the sides, use 3/8″ dowel rods and wood glue to fit the 45′ angles of the sides and 45′ angles of the top, repeat for the other side.
9. Use 3.5″ screws to secure sides into top of the table on the underside for added support.

10. Sand corners so both 45′ angles meet smoothly together. Also, sand top and sides.
11. Finish as desired. If you choose to seal this piece, I recommend Minwax Polycrilic in clear matte, it won’t yellow the finish + doesn’t have a sheen.

I used my favorite custom stain mix: Minwax Provincial and Weathered Oak diluted with a bit of water. Then, added Valspar limewash glaze over top of every few boards to create a variation in each board.

With limewash glaze added over top on some boards to add variation.

I don’t have nearly enough photos to show each step, but I truly hope this helps if you’re wanting to make our console table! I’d love to see yours if you do – be sure to tag me on IG or send me a photo, I love to share your projects inspired by our DIY’s!

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  1. Bonnie says:

    When you mixed the stains, to crate your color, do you use 1/2 and 1/2? Thanks in advance.

  2. Amber Haley says:

    Question! Where do you put the dowel rod? Are you putting it right underneath? This is BEAUTIFUL!

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