The cabinet space inside the console would be tall enough to accept 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.
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.
It was much easier to have the screws so close at hand!
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.
But something was on my mind.
Am I worried about rising interest rates?
Or perhaps I’m just dreaming about lunch.
With the carcass mostly built, I installed the bottom shelves.
Next, I built the face frame.
Judging by my shocked expression, I must have worked out the meaning of life.
I’ve since forgotten.
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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