Step by step illustrated instructions on how to build a console table. Suggested tools and materials are included in this beginner tutorial for a DIY Sofa Table, as some might call it.
It’s a happy day my friends, I can cross another item off of my ‘DIY Bucket List’! After I stenciled my office, reupholstered a chair and built this console table, I’m pretty sure I could change the carburetor in an airplane…piston-powered of course. As a habitual maker, nothing is more empowering than having an idea in your head and then bringing it to fruition.
And here’s the deal…I have never built anything like this before, so if I could build this console table, then you can too! And while this was my first ‘furniture build, I have since built another Console Table with Acrylic Legs and a Faux Marble top which you might love as well!
Before we dive in, let’s talk about the usefulness of a console table or, as they are often called, a sofa table. Typically sofa tables are skinny tables that will fit well behind sofas or couches and in foyers or entryways. I built this table specifically for an area in our entryway, but it could just as easily work behind our sofa.
And maybe I should put wee quotes around the ‘build’ part because if I hadn’t had these most groovy legs from Osborne Wood, this would have been an entirely different project. They are the Country Squire Dining Table Leg in Knotty Pine and are THE reason that this DIY sofa table really rocks my socks!
This post was sponsored by and made possible by Osborne Wood Products and Kreg, who provided me with some of the products necessary to make this table. However, the opinions are entirely my own and the pictures speak for themselves!
I have this odd little space in my home that faces you when you walk in the house through the laundry room and which is also in a high traffic hallway. I did have a narrow table in this area, but it was still a bit wider than this space could ideally accommodate so it was a logical spot for this DIY Sofa Table.
When an opportunity to partner with Osborne Wood Products to build ‘something’ arose, a perfectly sized console table for this area was what I ultimately decided upon.
So, let’s strap our big girl DIY panties on, get down to the nitty-gritty and DIY this sofa table (or console table)!
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Here’s a good ‘do as I say and not as I do’ moment. If you have access to a table saw, this is the time to use it. We did have access (my parents who live 1.5 miles away) but didn’t even think to ask them. As it turns out, it ‘s a bit harder to get a precise cut with a circular saw and we needed precise cuts.
If you don’t have access to a table saw, my friend Michelle has a great suggestion for getting straight, true lines with a circular saw here. Sadly, I didn’t see this until we had made all our cuts. But I’ll tell how I dealt with that later.
Then I used fine sandpaper (120 grit) to give the whole piece a good sanding.
The Kreg Jig R3 comes with everything you need, including several sizes of screws, to complete a project.
I am thrilled with the way this console table turned out, though I can’t say I won’t change the finish at some point. What do you think…keep natural like this? Age it? What would you do?
Don’t you just love it? Wait, did you see it from this angle?
Or this angle?
This was a fun project for Terry and me to do together. But I think he’s a bit worried about what I’m going to do next; now that I am feeling rather invincible! I mean, I can build a console table! The horizon is limitless!
If you think that you might just want to build a console table or skinny sofa table someday, pin it for your future reference.
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