Welcome back. I am back after an exciting Christmas week. I hope you all had a wonderful time with your loved ones.

I would love to present one of my all-time favorite plans as a special bonus to all my readers for this Christmas. A simple plan to make sure you have something new and interesting to begin the New Year.

Today in this article, we will speak about how to build rustic X console and add that memorable storage space that you have been wanting for a long time.

Rustic X Console

Before we start, I wish to let you know my age-old secret: Doing DIY tasks lets us be in complete shape while triggering creative thoughts!

Sssh!! Did I just reveal my New Year resolution?

One of my old-time friends wanted to experiment with something different.  As usual with everyone, I ended up asking if he had a specific design in mind. He just ended up saying, “Mike, I want to try out something different for my home.”

After downing a couple of coffees and making him go through my relentless design catalog, I showed him one of my all-time favorite designs. He made the decision and then I spent most of my last week completing the task from design to completion.

The good news is you too can do it if you are fast enough and follow my step-by-step guide diligently.

Let us begin with the list of things that we need to get this project up and running

  • Plywood boards with the following measurements
    • 2X2 | 8 Feet Long | 6 No’s
    • 2X4 | 8 Feet Long | 3 No’s
    • 1X12 | 12 Feet Long | 1 No
    • 2X6 | 8 Feet | 3 No’s
  • Decorative bolts or Corner hardware with the following measurement details:
    • 1 ¼” and 2 ½” Pocket Hole Screws
    • 2 ½” Screws

Toolset Checklist

  • Measuring Tape
  • Speed Square
  • Pencil
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer
  • Ear Plugs (For hearing protection)
  • Drill
  • Power Sander
  • Miter Saw

It is advisable to read the entire guide more than once and print it for your future reference. Once you feel you have the content down, you can start putting your new knowledge into action.

Exercise all necessary precautions before you get on to the job. Follow the safety rules judiciously. Consider going with items of the reputed brand make.

Ensure the surface where you work is clean of all foreign particles and debris.

Last but not the least, let us discuss the dimensions one needs

Rustic Dimensions

  • Plywood boards need to be cut with the below-mentioned dimensions:
    • 2X2 |Measurement 30″ | 12 No’s
    • 2X4 | Measurement 28 ½” | 6 No’s
    • 1X12 | Measurement 63 ½” | 2 No’s
    • 2X4 | Measurement 11 ¼” | 5 No’s
    • 2X2 | Measurement 11 ¼” | 2 No’s
    • 2X2 | Measurement 22 ½” | 2 No’s (Ensure you cut at an angle measuring 60 degrees off the square)
    • 2X2 | Measurement 11 ¼” | 4 No’s (Short point needs to be cut at an angle measuring 30 degrees of the square)
    • 2X6 | Measurement 74 ½” | 3 No’s

Helpful Tip

If you have a saw that doesn’t cut an angle of 60 degrees, you can have a cut marked with a pencil using a protractor or a compass and neatly cut with a jigsaw or a circular saw. If you are unsure how to do it, you can practice on cardboards before doing it on the plywood board.

Step-by-step Instructions

01. Start with building the frames as highlighted in the following diagram:

Rustic Console step 1

02. After the first step, have the frames attached to the shelves. One can have ¾” pocket holes neatly drilled at this step with the Kreg Jig tool. You can neatly fix the ¼” Pocket Hole Screws at a later point in time.

Rustic Step 2

03. Ensure the supports of 2X4 boards have the same width as that of 1X12 boards. It is normally expected to be 11 ¼” wide. Use 2 ½” Pocket Hole Screws through 1 ½” pocket holes to attach neatly to the shelves and frames.

04. Consider trimming the side shelves, if necessary.

05. If you would love to add extra decorations to your console, you can build it as shown in the figure below. These help in providing extra support to our rustic X console while also serving the decorative purpose.

06. The final step is to add the top. One can build the top portion easily using 1½” and 2½” Pocket Hole Screws and attaching the plank to get the desired rustic look.

After completing all the steps, one needs to look for any gaping holes in the rustic x console, unintentionally left. Cover these using wood fillers and leave it to dry. One might also consider adding additional wood filler coast should you find it necessary.

Use a sand grit paper to remove any hanging sanding residues.

In case of any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Alternatively, you can join the discussions by commenting in the comment box below.


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