How to Construct a Console Table From a Single Sheet of Plywood

#ConsoleTable Project Directions

By: Meg Lagera, Journalist

Using a single sheet of 4′ x 8′ plywood and minimal instructions, you can construct a phenomenal, lightweight, solid, wood-styled console table.


-¾ inch sheet of 4′ x 8′ plywood

-Wood conditioner

-Wood Stain


-Wood Glue

-Wood Filler



-Measuring Tape


-Orbital Sander


-Paint Brush

-Old T-Shirt or Towel





Part 1 – Measuring and Marking

  1. Measure the dimensions of the plywood with measuring tape to ensure the exact numbers.
    1. Measurements for the wood and the name of each individual piece can be found HERE.
  2. Using a pencil, a ruler, and a protractor, lightly mark the sizes of each part of the table by making straight lines.

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Part 2 – Cutting Wood

  1. Sand the entire sheet of plywood with 240, 320, then 400 grit sandpaper with an orbital sander.
  2. Place the plywood on a table and clamp it down tight.
  3. Take a saw and carefully cut the plywood on the drawn lines.
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Part 3 – Construction

  1. Take the the parts of the plywood needed to make the front face (right front panel, left front panel, top front panel) and glue them together with wood glue.
  2. Once the top face dries, glue together the top face and the side faces (top outer panel, right outer panel, left outer panel).
    1. Make sure to spread the glue evenly and clamp parts together
  3. Once the side faces are dry, glue the top inner panel and the inside faces (right inner panel, left inner panel).
  4. When all the faces are glued, add wood filler to the gaps.
  5. Once wood filler has dried, sand the edges of the table with 400 grit sandpaper by hand until satisfied with the shape.
  6. Using a rag or a brush, cover the entire table with lots of wood conditioner and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  7. After 30 minutes, use a rag to wipe off the extra wood conditioner and let it cure for 2 hours.
  8. Once wood has dried, use a rag to wipe off excess sawdust. Using a brush, working in small areas, coat the wood with wood stain, then quickly wipe it off.
  9. Using a fine brush, apply polyurethane in large areas to avoid streaks and gaps.
  10. After applying the first coat of polyurethane, sand over the dry surface with 800 grit sandpaper.
  11. Apply a second coat of polyurethane in large areas.
  12. Possibly apply a third coat if needed.


After that final step, your console table is complete. Those are the steps to constructing a console table out of a single sheet of plywood.


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