Double X console table

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wmled1 added on 3/12/2016

console table made with 1x6 and 2x2.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


table top

The 1x6's will need to end up being 5". Because I have a jointer, I ripped them a little bit wider on my table saw, then used the jointer to finish them to 5". I then face glued them together to make them appear as one large board.



Rip your 2x material down to 1.5". You should have 4 1.5"x1.5" legs.


rails and stiles

rip 2x material for your side and front rails or stretchers. Mark the short 2x2's for the side 3 1/4" in from both sides for centering the middle rail later. Mark the long 2x2's (stretchers/ rails) at 19 3/4 from each end for centering the middle support later. Choose your worse sides of the 2x2's for the inside of the table, and drill for 1/2 pocket hole screws on each end. I used 2" Kreg screws.


middle support leg

rip 2x material for the middle support leg and drill 1 1/2 pocket holes for 2" Kreg screws on each end.


rough cut "X" braces

I usually "rough cut" the "X" braces before I begin the project leaving them slightly longer than I expect I'll need. I do this because inevitably, especially with pine, there is a slight variance between what I expected and what really is.


assembly of frame part 1

Begin by connected the side 2x2's to the top and bottom of the legs with 2" Kreg screws.


assembly of frame part 2

Continue assembly of frame by attaching the stretchers with 2" Kreg screws to the sides at the marks made earlier on the short 2x2's. This should center both stretchers. Connect the middle support via 2" Kreg screws to the rail/stretchers at the marks made previous to center the middle support.


measure and cut the x's part 1

The X's will be cut and assembled before attaching to the table. The angles will only apply to this exact size table. Finish cutting two 2x2's for the top left to bottom right of the X's. They should be right at 34 1/2". Cut a 35 degree angle for the top left of each of these 2x2's and a 55" for the bottom right aligned as pictured. (don't connect yet) Alternatively, clamp the brace into place on the frame and mark where you need to cut the angle.


measure and cut the x's part 2

finishing cutting the short pieces for the X at 17 1/4". You will need 4 of them. cut 35 degree angles on 4 ends that will attach to the frame. Cut approximately 20 degree angles at the ends in the middle of the X as shown in the drawing. Alternatively, clamp the remaining 2x2's to the frame and mark your angles that way.


assemble and install the X

After dry fitting, assembly the X on your workbench. I chose to glue and clamp one short piece and nail from the opposite side, knowing the nails would be covered by the opposite piece. For the other short piece, I clamped, glued then nailed from the other side, leaving two holes to be filled. Dry fit the X again before gluing and nailing from the inside of the X nearest the table top and the floor. this leaves 4 nail holes to fill on the inside of the table.


attach table top

Attach the table top overhanging 2" on all sides. Use glue and 2" wood screws to attach, screwing from the bottom of the table up. (be sure to verify your screw won't pass through the top first)

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(3) 1x6, 96", Board  
(3) 2x6, 96", Board  


(100) pocket hole screws  

Parts/Cut List:

(3) table top pieces, 3/4x6x48  
(2) rails, 1.5"x1.5"x41"  
(4) legs, 1.5"x1.5"x31.5"  
(4) stiles, 1.5"x1.5"x8"  
(4) x, 1.5"x1.5"x34 7/16" (cut slightly longer)  


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