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Once I cut and labelled all of the pieces, I drilled the pocket holes with my Kreg Jig. Handan bought the Kreg for me a couple of years ago, and it has become an indispensable part of my shop.

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The cabinet space inside the console would be tall enough to acceptย the IKEA baskets we had stored in the unit we were getting rid of. But in case Handan wanted to reconfigure the space in the future and store smaller items in there, I used a handy little jig to drill holes for shelf pins.

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The pieces were cut and the pocket holes and shelf pins were drilled. It was time to build. I wrapped my wrist with a gift that Handan gave me for Christmas.

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It was much easier to have the screws so close at hand!

I started with a little glue…

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followed by a little screw.

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I will be updating this post in the next few days with step-by-step diagrams on how to build the console, so be sure to check back if you plan to build one of your own.

Piece by piece, Handan and I built up the console.

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But something was on my mind.

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Did I forget a screw?

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Am I worried about rising interest rates?

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Or perhaps I’m just dreaming about lunch.

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What’s fer lunch?

With the carcass mostly built, I installed the bottom shelves.

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Next, I built the face frame.

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I attached the face frame to the console with brad nails, though you can also use a little wood glue along with brad nails for added strength.

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Judging by my shocked expression, I must have worked out the meaning of life.

I’ve since forgotten.

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The console carcass was now built, but not yet ready for painting. First I filled all the brad nail holes with spackle. I filled the end grain of the plywood with wood filler. If you leave the end grain exposed, it has a tendency to show through the paint. I filled any gaps in my joinery as well. When the filler was dry, I hand-sanded everything with 150 and 220 grit sandpaper until the whole unit was smooth and free of defects.

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  1. omg i was so glad to see the patch in my email. it had been too long but greg your bloviating ( i had to look that word up ) filled my need ten fold lol, this project is awesome and gorgeous and makes me wish even harder that i lived next door so i could borrow all of your tools xx

  2. Geez Greg, just when I think you’re an everyday man, you do something like this that makes everyone else feel woefully inadequate. I would never be able to do something like this, but your bloviating is entertaining, nonetheless. And I voted.

  3. Oh my goodness, I’m in awe! If I only possessed the talent in your little finger! The piece looks amazing by itself, and even more so combined with the Ikea pieces. Thanks so much for linking up with us at The Creative Circle Link Party! I can’t wait to share this, this week!

  4. Fantastic post, love your writing style, always gives me the giggles. Great project too! Wish you were my neighbor. Thanks for sharing! ?

  5. Wow! This is amazing. I think everyone has their “never” moments but time and experience change “Nevers” to “Maybe’s” and our world becomes broader and more adventurous. Amazing work.

  6. Great job !!!!. The two you work together like pros. Not sure what you do for a living but you may want to consider going into comedy. This was a two for one. Great project idea that kept me laughing the whole way. Thanks for sharing.
    Carolyn

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