Build your own farmhouse console table for just $50 with our DIY beginner woodworking plans. The double X leg design is easy to build and the table length can be adjusted to fit your space in the entry or living room.
My adjustable length console table is inspired by this beautiful Birch Lane Console Table (no longer available). I love the sleek design and X legs.
I changed a few things up from the original inspiration.
- I made the legs a little thicker for a chunkier look
- The length is adjustable — just cut your boards to the length you want! I chose 66″ for my entry table.
- The depth is less: I wanted a narrow table for the entry hall, and this uses just a 2×12 for the shelves to make it easy.
How to Build a DIY Double X Console Table
by Amy of Hertoolbelt
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Approximate lumber cost: $47
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This plan is a great building plan for a beginner as it uses simple cuts and easy pocket hole joinery. In addition to general safety rules, accurate measuring, and wood finishing, woodworkers will need to know
- how to cut angled cuts on a miter saw (or miter box)
- how to drill pocket holes (and attach with pocket hole screws) using a Kreg Jig pocket hole jig (or similar)
What size is the console table?
The solid wood farmhouse console stands a standard 30″ high and is 12 3/4″ deep and 66″ long — but the length is adjustable! (See below)
Is the console table length adjustable?
Yes, that’s one of the best features of this easy DIY farmhouse entry table! The shelves and top are easily adjusted to whatever length you’d like, from about 48″ long (minimum) up to a full 12-foot 2×12 board! (or even a 16′ board!)
For an extra long 12′ console, or any console over about 8 feet, I’d recommend adding another X leg section or two for support.
If you just need an easy side table, one X leg base is pretty sturdy with a shorter tabletop, too! Just skip the middle shelf (but you may still want to install the support for added stability).
Is the table portable?
While this table isn’t designed to be portable, the shelves can be left unattached, so yes, it can be moved easily in several pieces. It would be a great gift table for a party or wedding reception — and our portable wood wedding arch would be a great addition, too!
If you’d like to use this DIY wood console table for events and will be moving it regularly, you could try using flush mount brackets like this on the X-leg cross pieces so it takes up less space. I haven’t ever tried this but it’s an idea — and that’s the best part of DIY! 🙂
How to Finish a Double X Wood Farmhouse Console Table
After building the console table, fill the pocket holes with filler and allow to dry. Sand the legs and shelves until smooth, finishing with 120-150 grit sandpaper.
For a darker modern farmhouse console table like the inspiration image, spray paint the base black or oil-rubbed bronze (like the faux metal base on this reclaimed wood coffee table). Then stain the shelves. For a really custom-looking table, try layering an aged gray stain with another stain (like this DIY modern farmhouse console table).
For a white and wood two tone farmhouse look, I first primed the X legs, then painted them white. I applied pre-stain conditioner to the top and shelves, then stained them with Rustoleum Carrington. You’ll want to protect the stained wood with a top coat, like polyurethane.
Once all of the finish dried, I slid the top and shelves into place and that’s it! Done!
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