DIY X Base Console Table with Middle Shelf

How to build a DIY X base console table with middle shelf for added storage--free building plans!

A few weeks ago in my how to make a wooden wall clock post, I let you in on a little sneak peek of this week’s project.  Do you remember seeing a peek of this X Base Console Table?How to build a DIY X base console table with shelf

I am starting to become known to my Instagram followers as the Sneak Peek Queen because that’s about 90% of what I post on there.  So you are missing out on a lot of fun posts if you aren’t following along!!  I just love sneak peeks…it gets people curious and I like to hear their ideas on what they think it is.  So, my love for sneak peeks has started to work it’s way from just Instagram to my blog posts it seems haha.

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So back to the table…does it also remind you of the X Base Console Table I built a couple months ago?

How to Build an X Base Console Table

It’s very similar, but with an added shelf and quite a bit larger.  I LOVE the size of this table.  The smaller one above is great for an entryway or a smaller space.  But this larger one is perfect for living room or bedroom storage for blankets, pillows, baskets, books, whatever really.

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And I really like the Xs on the side…mostly because it’s really helpful in getting your table square when you build it haha.

DIY X Base Console table with open shelf--free building plans and tutorial

It’s a pretty quick and easy build that doesn’t require any fancy tools and you can have done in a few good hours.  So are you ready to get building??

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First you will need:

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Tools and Materials:

Miter Saw

Circular Saw

Kreg Rip Cut (optional, but helpful)

Kreg Jig for Pocket Holes

Drill

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(8) 2x2x8

(1) 2x10x10

(1) 2x8x18

1/2 sheet 3/4″ plywood

2 1/2″ pocket hole screws

2 1/2″ wood screws

1 1/4″ pocket hole screws

1 1/4″ wood screws

Wood Glue

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Step 1:  Build the X Base Console Table Front and Back Frames

Cut four 2×2 legs at 32″ long.  Then cut six 2×2 pieces at 48″ long.  Drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into both ends of all six 48″ long pieces.  Use 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to assemble 2 frames like shown here.  Attach the bottom 2×2 at 3″ from the bottom of the legs.  Then attach the middle 2×2 so that both openings are 12 1/4″ tall.

DIY X Base Console Table front and back frame

Step 2: Assemble X Base Console Table Front and Back Frames Together

Cut four 2x2s at 19″ and drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes in each end.  Use 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to assemble the base like shown.  You won’t add the middle pieces until later.
Attach front and back frames of X base console table together

Step 3: Add the Xs to the Sides of Table

You may find it helpful to refer to this X base console post from a few months back.  For the Xs, it’s always easiest to cut to fit.  Flip the frame over on its side and hold a 2×2 on the frame lining up the edges with the right corners.  Make a mark and take it to the miter saw and see which angle it lines up best with.  It’s okay if you don’t get it PERFECT.  Make the long piece cut (shown below going from the bottom left to the top right in the photo) first.  Then cut to fit the two smaller pieces to complete the X.

How to Build an X Base Console Table

How to Build an X Base Console Table

How to Build an X Base Console Table

Once you get one angle cut, you know that will be the same for the rest of your angles.  Just cut to fit each piece just like in this post, and attach through the top and bottom frames with 2 1/2″ wood screws.  Putty the joints–this will cover over any small gaps 🙂

Add Xs to X base console table with middle shelf

Step 4: Add Middle Shelf Supports

Cut two pieces of 2×2 at 19″ and drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes in each end of both pieces.  Using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, attach as shown between the front and back middle shelf support.

Add middle shelf supports to X Base Console Table

Step 5:  Add Plywood Shelves to X Base Console Table

From your half sheet of 3/4″ plywood, cut one piece 19″ x 48″.  Cut another 19″ x 45″.  It’s helpful to use a Kreg Rip Cut to help cut down plywood, especially if you want two pieces the exact same width like in this case.  Drill 3/4″ pocket holes along the edges and attach in place using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws like shown here.  Make sure the plywood is flush to the top of the supports.

Add plywood shelves to x base console table

Step 6:  Add Top to X Base Console Table

You can check out my post here on how I build table tops.  In this case, I made the top 53″ long and 23″ deep.  Cut your 2×10 and your 2×8 board down to about 53″ long and either glue or use pocket holes and screws to attach.  I always glue.  You can read about how here.

Once the glue is dry, trim down to the correct size using a circular saw and sand the top to even out any high or low spots.  Then, place the top on the base so that it is centered left and right and is flush on the back side.  Use 2 1/2″ wood screws to screw the top in place through the top 2×2 supports on all sides.

How to Build an X Base Console Table

Step 7: Finish the Console Table

Now all that’s left is a good sanding, stain and poly!  I stained this table with Minwax Early American and gave it a few coats of Minwax Polycrylic once the stain dried.

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And here it is!

How to build a DIY X Base Console Table--free building plans!! Minwax Early American stain makes this inexpensive console table look like a million bucks! Perfect for living room, bedroom, or dining room for displays and storage!

Don’t you love those Xs on the sides??  This table makes a simple, but beautiful way to store blankets and pillows, baskets, books, pictures, etc.  I would love one in my living room…if only I had space for one haha.

DIY X Base Console table with open shelf--free building plans and tutorial

This was actually made for a friend’s bedroom to store family quilts on.  It’s perfect for that!

How to build a DIY X base console table with middle shelf for added storage--free building plans!

DIY X Base Console Table stained with Minwax Early American and finished with Minwax Polycrylic--Free building plans to make your own!

So what do you think??  Which style fits you better?  The original X base console table, or this X base console table with middle shelf??

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And if you haven’t already checked out the tutorial for that awesome, huge, wooden wall clock, check it out here 🙂

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If you would like to see any particular build on Woodshop Diaries soon, let me know in the comments!

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Also, I would LOVE it if you’d pin this for later! 🙂

How to Build a DIY X Base Console Table--free building plans!! Minwax Early American stain makes this inexpensive console table look like a million bucks! Perfect for living room, bedroom, or dining room for displays and storage!

Until next time, happy DIYing!! 🙂

 

 

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