I have been looking for some more storage for my kitchen/dinning room. Something to put my small appliances on and my big bowls and pots. After spending a few days browsing the internet, I found what I wanted at Restoration Hardware. Its was perfect, it was also 2000$!!!! YIKES! So I decided to see if I could make it myself. I am SO happy with how this Wood and steel console turned out! My first ever Restoration Hardware Knock-off! Besides making my shelves a bit taller, I think it looks exactly like the original. You can check out the original one on Restoration Hardware, I dont want to get in trouble posting their pics..lol
Please remember this is my very first time drawing up plans from scratch on my own. Ive done my best but if something is off please dont hesitate to let me know. Also if you have questions, ask away! I would say this is a beginner project, It was pretty darn easy to make. And you know what the kicker is?!?!?! It cost me 200$!!!! ha!! I spent 65$ in wood, and 100$ on the casters (crazy expensive, but I LOVE them!) add on the screws, sandpaper, glue and things like that, and ya got about 200$ I could not be happier!……..Ok, lets get to it!!
What you’ll need:
10) 2x4s @8ft
3) 1x2s @8ft
2) 2x12s @12ft
2) 72″ steel plumbing pipes 3/4″
4) 3/4″ pipe caps
Kreg Jig (if you dont have one, buy one. The one I bought was like 40$ and I use it for every single build)
1 1/4″ Pocket Hole screws
2 1/2″ Pocket hole screws
1 1/4″ wood screws
1 – 1 1/4″ hole saw bit
2) corner brackets
4) casters and bolts to fit
4- 2×4 @ 36″
2-2×4 @ 70″
4- 2×4 @ 67″
6- 2×4 @ 11 1/4″
1- 2×12 @ 63″
2- 2×12 @ 60″
2- 2×2 @ 11 1/4″
2- 1×2 @ 11 1/4″
3- 1×2 @ 15 1/4″
2- 1×2 @ 67″
Build your 2 sides first:
They should look like this:
next build the 2 shelves and the top:
Remember you should have 2 shelves @ 67″ long and one top @ 70″ long. At this point, where I have the main pieces built, and the rest cut, I stopped and gave each piece a good sanding. Then I laid them all out and wiped the down with a mixture of vinegar, steel wool and coffee that I had sitting in a jar for 24hrs. I wanted a very light stain for this piece. I thought sanding and staining all pieces before putting the console together would be easier, and it was. Domt forget to sand and stain your 1x2s!!
Next I laid my side frames down on the ground and started attaching the shelves. I started with the bottom, then the middle, then added my 1x2s at the top.
After that I laid the top on the floor (good side down) and flipped the whole thing over. I attached my 1×2 cross bracers, and then attached the top to the 1x2s going all the way around with 1 1/4″ screws.
While your console is upside down, now is a great time to add your casters. Make sure you set them back far enough that you arent going to run into your pocket screws. Check your depth before you pre drill and mark your bit so that you dont go all the way through to the other side. Pre drill your holes, and bolt your casters in.
Now flip the whole thing back the right way.
This is where you are going to add your pipes. Mark half way between each shelf and drill out with a hole saw bit. The trick with these is to drill from the front half way, take the bit out, and go in through the back to finish it off. That way you have a clean edge on both sides.
Ok so here is an important tip. You can set the height of this unit to whatever you want by just adjusting your cuts for the sides, but, the length is important. The reason I set this unit to be 70″ long is because you can buy pre cut and threaded pipe at home depot in 72″ lengths. If you go past that, then you will need to buy the next size up which is 10ft and have it cut and threaded. So before you build check out pipes at your local store. Its cheaper to buy and use the pre made lengths. After I got mine home I washed them with some laquer thinner and gave them a couple coats of spray paint. I used a hammered black on the pipe, and on the casters (which were silver when i bought them)
Thread your pipes through the holes, add the end caps. Add your corner brackets of youre using them and voila! you are done!! Stand back and look at your master piece! Then go get a glass of wine, cause you deserve it!
I waxed my console when I was done, then I oiled the entire thing with some mineral oil to give it a “wet” look. I LOVE it. it works perfectly for what I wanted and it looks amazing! Even better in person. Plus this thing is solid as a rock!