Updated: Sep 26, 2019
Looking for an accent piece for your entryway or hall? Make a console table and matching farmhouse bench yourself by following these simple plans! I made these for Mater as a Mother's Day gift, and she loves them!
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First, we'll start with the console table, which I made following the design by Rogue Engineer. Here are the tools you’ll need:
Miter saw (or hand saw)
150-grit sandpaper and sanding block (Although you can sand by hand, you can speed up the process using an orbital sander. I received the Ryobi orbital sander as a Christmas gift, and I love it! If you go this route, you'll also need orbital sanding discs - I use Diablo sanding discs because they last a long time.)
Materials you'll need:
Cut the wood according to the cut list. For each board, cut approximately 1/2" from the end before cutting the specified lengths in order to ensure the ends are square. Use the tape measure to measure the required length, mark with a pencil, and use the square to draw a straight line across the width of the board. Pro tip: To ensure correct lengths after cutting, account for the width of your saw blade by lining up the edge of the blade with the cut line, rather than cutting directly over the line. Note that all angled cuts are 45 degrees. Location and direction of pocket holes are indicated by the red arrows.
Drill pocket holes in the boards in the locations marked with the red arrows using a drill and the Kreg pocket hole jig (the holes should be drilled in the direction of the arrows). Pro tip: If you plan on staining your wood, drill the pocket holes in the ugly side of each piece, since this is the side that will be hidden from view when the table is completed.
First we'll assemble the two side segments of the table. For each side, two 2'8" legs are held together by a 11-1/2" top brace using pocket hole screws. Use your carpentry square or a squared piece of wood to ensure the pieces are square before tightening the screws all the way. The top brace is offset 0.75 inches from the outer edge. A scrap of 1"x4" or other 1-by material works great as a spacer.
The bottom brace, also 11-1/2", sits 3-1/2" inches from the bottom of the legs. Repeat the side assembly so that you have two side pieces.
Complete the frame. We'll complete the frame of the table by connecting the side pieces using three 4'9" pieces. I find it easiest to do this part with the table turned upside down (as depicted in the picture below). Continue using your carpentry square to ensure the assembly is square and use clamps to hold everything in place as you drill in the pocket hole screws.
Build the top. The table top is simply three sections of 2"x6" that are 5'6" long connected with pocket hole screws, as shown below.
Attach the frame to the table top by screwing into the pocket holes along the top rail. Once done, flip the table over so that it is right-side up.
Now we'll add the cross-bracing. Identify which side of the table you want to be the front, and then assemble the cross-bracing as shown below, with the pocket holes facing the back side of the table.
The table construction is now done and you are ready for finishing! Sand the table with 150-grit sandpaper, either by hand or using the Ryobi orbital sander and Diablo sanding discs. You can also follow up with a finer sandpaper (such as 220-grit) for an even smoother finish. I decided to stain using Varathane water-based wood stain (the color I used is called java bean). I first applied the Varathane wood conditioner, then 3 coats of stain, followed by 2 coats of Varathane polyurethane. You’ll want each coat to dry before adding the next one, so follow the directions on the product you use. Let the final coat dry completely.
Here's the final product:
I also built a matching farmhouse bench by modifying the console table plans. I shortened the legs pieces to 12" and removed the cross-bracing, although I left the vertical brace in the center to provide extra support. I also moved the bottom rail to the backside of the bench to allow enough room for shoes, bags, and other items to slide underneath for storage. Here's the finished farmhouse bench:
Share your completed console table and benches in the comments!