Step 1. Materials and tools
- 2 ½” screws
- 2 ½” pocket hole screws
- 1 ¼” pocket hole screws
- 3 – 2×6 @ 74 ½”
- 4 – 2×2 @ 11 ¼” (shortest point to longest point, cut 30 degrees for shirt point, cut 60 degrees for long end, angles for both points are as same direction)
- 2 – 2×2 @ 22 ½” (short point to long point, parallel ends, cut off with 60 degrees square)
- 2 – 2×2 @ 11 ¼”
- 5 – 2×4 @ 11 ¼”
- 2 – 1×12 @ 63 ½”
- 6 – 2×4 @ 28 ½”
- 12 – 2×2 @ 30”
- Miter saw
- Kreg Jig
- Ear protection
- Speed square
- Tape measure
If the saw doesn’t make 60 degrees cut off square, you have to mark the cuts with your compass or angle square. Then, you have to cut this 60 degrees angle with jigsaw or circular saw. Before applying the cut, you can practice this on any scrap wood to meet the perfection.
Step 2. The dimensions
The dimension of this X console is shown in the picture.
Step 3. After the materials are ready, make two frames of the console as shown in the picture. Attach the pieces for the frame from the back side. Make 1 ½” pre-drill holes first and then secure the joint using glue and 2 ½” screws.
Step 4. After the frames are ready, attach both frames into the console shelves. Drill ¾” holes throughout all outside edges of all shelves. Attach the shelves into the frames using glue and 1 ¼” screws. It is suggested to drill ¾” pre-holes along each side of each shelf. These pre-drill holes will be used to attach the shelf trims later on using 1 ¼” screws.
Step 5. The supports from 2×4 boards need to be in the same width with 1×12 boards. Attach 2×4 boards into the frames and the shelves. You can use 2 ½” screws for the frames. To have stronger structure, you can also add glue before screwing all parts.
Step 6. After all pieces are assembled, attach the trims for outside shelves.
Step 7. For the Xs, firstly make the Xs and fit into the frames. After the Xs are ready and fitted into the frame sides, you can just glue them in place or you can secure the joint using some nails. Generally, these Xs function as the decoration.
But, at the same time, they can also provide additional supports for the console. Make 60 degrees end angles into both X ends. You can use your saw. If it fails to make 60 degrees cut, mark the point and cut with circular saw or jigsaw. The center angle of two Xs should be 30 degrees.
Step 8. After all pieces are attached, the last part is to attach the console top. You can attach the top using some aprons or just any planks to create more rustic style. Secure the joint using glue and 2 ½” screws.