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Paul introduces his unique design for a flat-stock constructed console table. The modern look to this new design belies a particular technique Paul feels is important for you to know–how to create a drawer front in an apron where the continuous grain seems almost unbroken, matching in both grain and colour. For this technique Paul relies solely on hand tools, which has never been shown on video anywhere before this series how-to. The elegant design, complete with a small drawer, is perfect for storing living essentials. This is an adaptable design that would complement any hallway, living room or dining room.

Tool List

  • No. 4 Plane
  • Square
  • Chisels
  • Chisel Hammer
  • Mortise Guide
  • No. 80 Scraper
  • Knife
  • Tenon Saw
  • Handsaw
  • Card Scraper
  • File
  • Rasp
  • Mortise Gauge
  • Square Awl
  • Bullnose Plane (optional)
  • No. 5 Plane (optional)


  • Shooting Board
  • Mortise Guide

Equipment (Optional)

  • Drill Driver

Extra Info:

From Paul’s Blog:
“Today’s The Day I Make”
“Another Design”


  1. Tom Davies on at

    That looks really lovely

  2. Andrew Scott on at

    Thanks for this terrific new project, Paul. I was just wondering if I wanted to put two drawers in instead of one, would this compromise the strength of the front panel too much, necessitating a different construction?

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on at

      Hi Andrew,

      I asked your question to Paul and his answer is below:

      No, you can use the same method, however there are different problems that might occur and you have to work out what they are.

      Kind Regards,

  3. sherbin18 on at

    Hi Paul and Crew-

    Exactly what I was looking to do. Only my table will have a granite top I have had in the shop for about 8 years.

    Thank you.

  4. 5ivestring on at

    I wish you had started this project 3 weeks ago. I’m just finishing a coffee table and I like the legs of this one much better for the size of the table.

    Well, I’ll just have to build another one. I do need some small table around the house.

    Side note: I so much want to make that chess board you did awhile back, but still don’t feel I have the ability yet. I thought that would have been an easy project until I watched you make it. Perhaps I will try it and put it in this table design.

  5. This looks like just the project I was looking for as an office computer desk/ office work area if it can be sized up to be about 25% wider. Is that structurally within the limits of the plans? Please comment on that during the course.
    Michael O.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on at

      Hi Michael,

      Paul says:
      Yes, you can adjust the measurements to suit your needs.

      Kind Regards,

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    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on at

      Hi Michael,

      I’m sorry to hear this, are you still having problems watching the video?

      Kind Regards,

  7. joemonahan on at

    Love these furniture projects. This one looks particularly nice.

  8. sanford on at

    Nice project, but what makes something a console table? I looked it up and got something about a table supported by consoles which are supposed to be ornamented brackets with scrolls or corbels. But that is not what Paul is making here. I know other uses of “console,” e.g., the big cabinets that they put around televisions and radios when I was young, but that does not seem to apply to this case either. not important, but I am curious.

    • Selva on at

      In most stores here (Canada) a console table is a hallway/entryway table meant to be set against a wall in a hallway, or, sometimes, a sofa table. Probably ornamented in olden days, but I see the word used more in relation to function (i.e. used as an accent table) rather than form.

      • sanford on at

        Thanks Selva! I guess the pictures I saw when I did a search fit that explanation pretty well. This suggests that at least some of the original meaning (consoles as involving corbels etc) got left behind at some point.

  9. since when did they stop providing technical drawings

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on at


      The technical drawings can be accessed with a premium membership by clicking the link just below the intro video.

      Kind Regards,

  10. Giorgio on at

    Great project! When does it start?

    • RODNEY MAGEE on at

      Paul, the table is very nice, clean design. I have one question if I may; the taper on top of the edge of the table, I’ve seen the taper or bevel on the bottom, usually to lighten the look of the top. I find it eye catching and compelling. I don’t remember seeing it before.

      • Greg Jones on at

        It’s a very nice look, however… I built a desk for my wife several years ago with a beveled edge like that. I was looking for a ‘ramp’ for her arms when resting from the keyboard. Works fine for that, but the downside is that anything inadvertently placed on the bevel ends up on the floor.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on at

      Hi Giorgio,

      The first episode will be released on Wednesday.

      Kind Regards,

  11. Bo Asher on at

    I’ve been working the last few days on the small table that you built. I’m almost ready for t he glue up and now I can’t wait to build this new one also. It’s a beautiful table and I’m very grateful that you are going to share it with us.

  12. Johnny West on at

    Wonderful yet simple looking table. Looks like just the thing to give the dado jigs a go. I’m looking forward to this series.

  13. Very nice. I am new to the site and wonder over what period of time the individual videos for this project are made available, i.e., all at once or one a week, etc.? Thank you.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on at

      Hi Christopher,

      Thanks for your comment.

      For a premium members, a new project episode is released every Wednesday, Console Table Episode 1 will be released tomorrow. To get notifications for these you can change your notification preferences to receive an email to alert you to a new episode.

      Kind Regards,

  14. Kent Hansen on at

    Sir, Paul, love the beard! Oh, love the table too! LOL. Keep both of ’em! Glad to see new content coming up…missed ya! All the best!

  15. John on at

    I can’t wait until July 1st to sign up for the Masterclasses and watch this console table being built. Looking forward to joining the community.

  16. chrisesch on at

    Is the lantern on the table in the opening your work? Is there a project or construction sketches available for this? Can’t wait to start this.

  17. Anthony H on at

    Has anyone worked out which boards to buy at the big box store in order to get the best yield out of the cut list?

  18. Johnnylew on at

    Hello there, I know this project does not include it but I am really hoping for one that will show Paul’s technique for cock beading around drawer fronts. I built the tool cupboard and although the videos did not show it, the final cupboard has the drawers and door panels cock beaded. I assume that this detail can be added after completion. Thanks for another great project here.

  19. Jae on at

    Hello John

    Paul referred to cock beading when he built his mahogany Toolchest. There was a promise that it would be covered in a future video. I have not seen it come up. I too want to add cock beading to a project of mine and hope Paul decides to be included before too long. Fingers crossed! Jae

  20. Making a poor man’s beading tool:
    Using it:

    There are also various post about it on the blog; search for beading.

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