Project Build #1: Barn Door Console with Plans

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Blog entry by TimberAndAshDesigns posted 07-20-2018 05:30 PM 707 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the Farmhouse fad and the number of DIYers at its peak I found myself in a unique situation of serving multiple clients while only building one piece of furniture. I rarely build the same item twice so having a detailed sketch or plan is not the norm in my shop. Usually I will have several sketches, sometimes rough CAD style drawings but never a full blueprint of what I will be building. For this project I decided to take the design aspect one step further and create reproducible plans along with a cut list so I am able to serve the weekend warrior or DIYer that would rather jump into a project by starting out on the build rather than spending hours designing the project.

The everyday farmhouse style furniture that every DIYer turned proffesional furniture builder is being built with low quality materials that in some instances give the rustic farmhouse look simply because of their quality. That is a story for another day but the reason I bring it up is to point out the fact that this console table could certainly be built cheaper if you are just looking at trying your hand at a new project. In my cut lists I refer to poplar and maple for the majority of the materials. These could certainly be pine if that is what you prefer to work with and would like to save some money. The biggest reason for choosing poplar is the paint-ability. Poplar and soft pine paint so much smoother than most any other species. As far as the top and shelves I prefer to use hardwood but you could truly use any type of wood you want.

The joinery for this build was done mostly with floating tenons that were done with my Festool Domino. If you build a lot of furniture and don’t like hand cutting mortise and tenons I would highly suggest investing in the Domino. They create a very sturdy joint while saving a TON of time. I don’t use a lot of pocket holes but for those that prefer that method you could certainly do the majority of the joinery with them.

For this specific console table the client had dimensions that I needed to match. Because of that the barn door hardware that I chose to use needed to be trimmed down some. Luckily this was not difficult at all and can be done with a simple hand saw. If you choose to build with my exact dimensions you will need to trim yours down as well.

By far, the most nerve wracking part of the build was final assembly of the door hardware. Taking finished doors and drilling big holes in them will always make me sweat, no matter how many times I do it. Luckily it went off without a hitch this time. Just make sure to follow the directions closely for mounting the hardware.

If you are interested in building this yourself you can view the plans at Timber & Ash Designs

Also, some of the tools and materials used can be seen here.

Thanks for reading,

Jacob – Timber & Ash Designs

-- I live on caffeine, sawdust and swear words.

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