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Entryway Console

  • November 30, 2017

Ana White
Ana White
Ana White
Ana White

We needed an entryway console for our home that was both functional and beautiful. I love open shelving with baskets for quickly storing things like mail, keys and sunglasses, but also wanted storage behind doors for larger, less attractive things. Using plywood for the carcass and pine boards for the face frame, doors and base, we built this entryway console for about $100.

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    1. Step: 1

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      Carcass Rip plywood on tablesaw or with circular saw into strips 15-3/4” wide by 8 feet long. From these strips, cut out pieces for carcass. Assemble the carcass using three ¾” pocket holes and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws per joint, for all joints except center divider. For center divider, apply glue to both ends and position in center of upper shelf opening. Use 1-1/4” brad nails to secure in place.

    2. Step: 2

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      Face Frame Using ¾” pocket holes and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws, build face frame on flat level surface. Top face frame piece overhangs front and sides by ¾”. Nail completed face frame to front of carcass with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue.

    3. Step: 3

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      Base Measure and cut side base pieces. Nail to sides with 1-1/4” brad nails. Measure and cut front base piece. Nail to front with 1-1/4” brad nails.

    4. Step: 4

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      Back Cut back piece from ¼” plywood and nail to all edges on back of cabinet using glue and ¾” brad nails.

    5. Step: 5

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      Doors Assemble door frame pieces using ¾” pocket holes and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Cut plywood slightly larger than opening and nail to back with ¾” brad nails and wood glue. Install doors with hinges. Add knobs or pulls and magnetic clasps.

Comments (2)


  • Seem's your top piece would be 17, 3/4 to allow for overhang, unless you put strips along top for overhang. Can you clarify please? Thanks!

    By rabbottfl, on December 19, 2017

  • Gorgeous 😍😍

    By Kosasin, on June 4, 2018

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Entryway Console

by Ana White
Nov 30, 2017
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We needed an entryway console for our home that was both functional and beautiful. I love open shelving with baskets for quickly storing things like mail, keys and sunglasses, but also wanted storage behind doors for larger, less attractive things. Using plywood for the carcass and pine boards for the face frame, doors and base, we built this entryway console for about $100.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
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    Carcass Rip plywood on tablesaw or with circular saw into strips 15-3/4” wide by 8 feet long. From these strips, cut out pieces for carcass. Assemble the carcass using three ¾” pocket holes and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws per joint, for all joints except center divider. For center divider, apply glue to both ends and position in center of upper shelf opening. Use 1-1/4” brad nails to secure in place.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 94cd6ff4 6b30 4274 89d0 8537b20297ef

    Face Frame Using ¾” pocket holes and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws, build face frame on flat level surface. Top face frame piece overhangs front and sides by ¾”. Nail completed face frame to front of carcass with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue.

  3. Step: 3
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    Base Measure and cut side base pieces. Nail to sides with 1-1/4” brad nails. Measure and cut front base piece. Nail to front with 1-1/4” brad nails.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge df74b355 5b15 4fac a486 16b757ebe0da

    Back Cut back piece from ¼” plywood and nail to all edges on back of cabinet using glue and ¾” brad nails.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 079ea255 f4e7 4c32 bc18 a9b5b1d5dc1f

    Doors Assemble door frame pieces using ¾” pocket holes and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Cut plywood slightly larger than opening and nail to back with ¾” brad nails and wood glue. Install doors with hinges. Add knobs or pulls and magnetic clasps.