How I Built a $2100 RH Inspired Console Table for Free | ORC Week No. 6

June 10, 2020

wood console table
See how old reclaimed wood boards were used to construct a primitive style entryway table inspired by a very pricey Restoration Hardware version.







top of rustic wood table
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With the bones of my entryway complete, week six of the One Room Challenge is all about building furniture.  (And in case you are confused about what happened to week five, the ORC was cancelled last week.  So you didn't miss anything!)







Wood entryway table



As many of your might be, I am a huge fan of Restoration Hardware.  They have some beautiful pieces of furniture and unique designs, but that comes at a hefty price.  As much as I love the look, I can't think of anything I've ever found that I'd be willing to pay what they are asking to have.


While putting together plans for my entryway and sourcing different console table choices, I found the Nordcasa one from RH that was primitively constructed from just three boards and really loved the rustic look.  But at $2150, it was way out of my budget and also too large for my space.


Since I figured out how to build an entire faux fireplace for my living room, I decided this table was something I could totally handle constructing for my entry.  I even has some thick "reclaimed" boards lying around that would be perfect.



Rustic wood boards



When I was a little kid, my dad made a sandbox for me in the backyard.  Then when I got older, the sandbox was used as a raised flower bed.  But age and weather began to take it's toll and the sandbox was deconstructed.  One board was beyond saving, but I put the other three boards in the shed for a "future project."  Being outside for probably 30 years gave the boards a nice worn, reclaimed wood look, especially where they were buried underground making them just what I needed for this project.



Reclaimed wood table top



This really is an easy style console table to build and can be customized according to your style and preferences.

  • It can be made more contemporary just by using smooth sanded boards from the hardware store over more rustic ones.  
  • While I was limited to the width of the boards I had, you can make your own console table as wide or narrow as you'd like.  
  • The top could be made wider than the legs if that is a look you'd prefer.  
  • The table could be stained, painted or left bare wood as I have done.

A supply list and complete instructions appear near the end of the post.



Edge of reclaimed wood table



The boards were sanded, not so much to remove the weather and wear that I wanted, but just enough to clean up the boards and take off the remnants of the paint that remained on the them.


I cut my three boards to length using a sliding miter saw.  I actually made this table pretty high at 35 inches, but you could choose any height that you want.  The top board was cut to be 40 inches long so that it could be centered where the mirror will hang (in line with the light fixture).


My original design plans were to use metal corner braces to attach the top to the sides.  Easy.  They form an L shape, you add two screws into the top and two screws into the side, and Home Depot (online) had some that came in black to stick with my style of the room.  But the effects of the last few months reared their ugly head again, and this simple hardware store purchase was going to be backordered until the end of June.


I needed to get this table done, so plan number two involved me cutting 1 1/2 inch wide strips from my leftover scraps to create my own brackets.  This method adds to the more primitive look of this console table, which I love, but probably wouldn't work if you wanted a more clean lines, traditional piece of furniture. 



underside of rustic entry table



I laid all of my pieces out on the floor making sure that the most rustic parts of the boards were most visible.



Building console table



Then using wood glue and 2 1/4 inch wood screws, I attached everything together.  First, I applied wood glue to the two sides of the brackets that would be held against the table's top and sides.


Before drilling the screws into the wood, I drilled pilot holes for the screws to go into.  Because of the condition of the wood, these thin pieces were a bit fragile and the screw would have torn the wood apart without the predrilled holes. Predrilling makes the job easier overall getting the screws into the board.


Then I screwed the brackets onto both sides of the upright "legs" of the table.  With everything laid upside down on the floor, I then screwed the brackets into the underside of the tabletop.



Reclaimed wood console table



I wanted to keep the wood the natural, reclaimed finish so I've done nothing else with it.  You may want to paint or stain the wood, or seal it with a clear polyurethane or wax finish.


In my eyes, this handmade entry table is 100x better than that pricey Restoration Hardware version, both because it was custom fit for my space and because it was constructed of the wood from my childhood sandbox made by my dad.  It's fun to see meaningful things getting a second (or third) life to still recall all the original memories.



Primitive console table




HOW TO BUILD AN EASY ENTRWAY CONSOLE TABLE




SUPPLIES


  • 4 - 3 inch corner braces
  • Wood screws - the length should be 1 1/2 times longer than the thickness of your boards
  • Wood in your choice of type, width, and thickness
  • Stain or paint (optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue

TOOLS



INSTRUCTIONS


STEP 1:  Cut your boards to the length and height that you desire.  The average console table is 30 inches tall, but can range from 28 to 32 inches.  (Or higher if you prefer!)  Remember you'll have to subtract the width of the top board from your desired height to find the length of your table legs.  Cutting your boards is most easily done using a miter saw, but could also be done with a jig saw or hand saw.  Or your local hardware store may cut them to length for you if you ask.

STEP 2:  Sand any rough cut edges on your boards.

STEP 3:  Measure the location for your corner braces.  Two braces should be used on each inside side of your table.  Mark the holes and drill pilot holes for the screw width you are using.

STEP 4:  Using a screwdriver tip on your drill (or by hand with a screwdriver), twist the screws into your predrilled holes in the sides of your table.

STEP 5:  Put your console tabletop  on the floor, top side down.  Again, measure for the location of your brackets and predrill the holes.

STEP 6:  Apply a layer of wood glue to the top edge of your console table leg.  Set it in place and screw the brackets into the boards using your predrilled holes.

STEP 7:  Paint or stain your table according to your desired look.





ONE ROOM CHALLENGE
Week No. 1 - Entryway Before Tour
Week No. 2 - Demo in the Entryway
Week No. 3 - Entryway Design Plan 
Week No. 4 - Cleaned Up and Painted in the Entryway
Week No. 5:  Cancelled
Week No 6:  RH Inspired Console Table DIY - You are here!



Click here to see all of the participants in this year's One Room Challenge and the rooms that they will be designing.  Links are shared through midnight Sunday.



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