I wish you all a happy January. With the arrival of a fresh year, it is nice to have fresh plans to plan things ahead. Continuing with my tireless quest of providing you with niche woodworking plans, I am here again to help you build a grand sliding door console with little effort.

Sliding Door Console

Let us get down to our list of shopping that is required to take the project ahead

Plywood sheet measurements with the following details:

  • 2X10 | Length: 8 feet | 2 No’s
  • 1X8 | Length: 8 feet | 2 No’s
  • 1X10 | Length: 8 feet | 2 No’s
  • 1X2 | Length: 8 feet | 3 No’s
  • 1X4 | Length: 8 feet | 4 No’s
  • 2X3 | Length: 8 feet | 6 No’s
  • Thick Plywood Sheet for securing the back| Thickness: ¼” |1 No
  • Project panel pieces | 17 ¼”X36″ | 2 No’s

List of hardware items for sliding doors

  • Screws | Measurements: 2 ½”
  • Finish Nails | Measurements: 1 ¼”
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue

List of Must-Have Tools

  • Speed Square
  • Tape Measure
  • Safety Glasses
  • Pencil
  • Miter Saw
  • Brad Nailer
  • Hearing Protection
  • Drill
  • Table Saw

It is a good practice to read the plans thoroughly and conduct brainstorming sessions before setting out to start the project. Further, read the plans more than once to allow yourself an ample amount of time to grasp the whole contents of the plan.

Take necessary precautions and practice safety standards when working with woodworking projects.

Helpful precautionary checklist

  • Ensure you work on a clean surface
  • Do not allow debris in your work surroundings
  • Always ensure the boards are neat and straight
  • Use finish nails-glue combinations to ensure firm hold
  • Practice pre-drilling holes wherever necessary
  • Work smart, be safe


For Frames

  • 2X3 | 84″ | 4 No’s
  • 2X3 | 17″ | 4 No’s
  • 2X3 | 14″ | 4 No’s

For Sides

  • Project Panels | Thickness ¾” | 2 No’s

For Face Frames

  • 1X4 | 36″ | 5 No’s
  • 1X4 | 17 ¾” | 8 No’s

For Shelves

  • 1X8 | 87″ | 2 No’s
  • 1X10 | 87″ | 2 No’s

For Cleats and Middle Shelf Supports

  • 1X2 | 14″ | 5 No’s
  • For Back: 1X2 | 17″ | 5 No’s
  • Plywood Piece | 36″ | Thickness: ¼”

 For Bottom Trimming

  • 1X2 | 90″ | 1 No | Cut both ends at an angle measuring 45 degrees
  • 1X2 | 18 ¾” | 2 No’s | Cut one end at an angle of 45 degrees

For the Top

2×10 | 91″ | 2 No’s


Overall measurement: 20″X30″

Step-by-step instruction on how to build sliding door console

01. To begin with, start out with building two frames out of 2X3 sheets. Have the frames neatly screwed and ensure it has a firm grip as it will be used as the base support for the entire cabinet.

Use screws of 2 ½” with a Kreg Jig. Use Pocket Holes with 1 ½” measurement. Nevertheless, finish the task of having the joints neatly glued

02. Start with working on the sides by adding the side panels. This plan is designed to work with panels measuring 17 ¼” wide. It is good to use any reclaimed wood material to complete this step.

It is, however, advisable to screw the sides to the frames. Alternatively, you can use glue and nail combo to firm the grip of the sides to the panel

03. For the face frame, start with laying out all the face frame and setting its grip neatly with a combination of nail and glue. Consider building Pocket Holes if you find it necessary

04. Have the bottom shelf boards laid down to support the bottom frames. Glue and completely nail down using Pocket Hole screws measuring 1 ¼”. Ensure necessary gaps of ¼” between the boards. However, note the shelf measurements shouldn’t go behind the bottom frames

05. Consider building necessary supports in order to have the weight of the cabinet transferred to the middle of the shelf

06. Have the bottom shelf boards built in by attaching the bottom shelf boards to the shelf cleat. Nevertheless, use long nails of 1 ¼” to have the boards neatly attached. Ensure necessary gaps as has been discussed above

07. Have the shelf placed inside the console and ensure they are attached from the external side to have the hardware secured in place

08. Use a ¼” plywood sheet to have the planked look at the back portion of the console

09. Have the bottoms trimmed out using a 1X2 board neatly mitered around the corners

10. Have the top portion attached using the longer set of screws measuring 2 ½” and secure it using glue

11. Build the door using plywood board of ½” thickness and use smaller strips to decorate the top

Final Instructions

After finishing the project, you might find some gaping holes in the finished work. You can consider filling these neatly with wood fillers. After filling the gaps, allow ample time to have these dried.

If you find it necessary, you can also consider applying additional coats of wood fillers if required. Use sandpaper to completely sand out the wood grains and to remove any remaining residues.

Wipe the project clean with a damp cloth. Use a wood conditioner or a primer if needed.


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