X Brace Console Table

X Brace Console Table

Hey guys, this build was something that was desperately needed in my house. I have 2 massive windows at the front of the house that are only a foot and a half off the floor. The one window is directly in the straight path of the hallway that runs down the length of my house. Now, take 2 big dogs + hardwood Floors and you get 2 dogs that don't stop when they decide they want to see what is outside. Needless to say I have a huge head size hole in the screen. To avoid this the windows have to stay closed at all times, which I don't want to do. Which brings me to this build... I decided to build an X Console Table to fit in front of these windows that will keep my boys from getting to it, and allowing me to open the windows again without the fear of them going through.


Make sure you read through the instructions and look over the plans fully before you start your project. Check out the “Before You Start” page for more on tool information, tips & tricks. Always stay safe and wear all safety protection. It is always best to make your cuts as you go and as they say, measure twice and cut once. 

If you have any questions just ask away! 


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Shopping List

3 - 2" x 6" x 8'

7- 2" x 4" x 8'

2 1/2" Pocket Screws



Wood Glue

Stainable Wood Filler

Cut List

Cut List

3 – 2” x 6” @ 70” - TOP

4 – 2” x 4” @ 32” - LEGS

4 – 2” x 4” @ 12” - SIDES

3 – 2” x 4” @ 61 ½” -SIDE/BOTTOM SUPPORT

1 – 2” x 4” @ 27 ½” – MIDDLE BRACE

2 – 2” x 4” @ 13 ½” – Too Short end.  One End cut on 90 Degree, other cut on 45 Degree angle. BRACE 1


These next few cuts are more complex. See diagram below

2 – 2” x 4” @ 38 7/8” – First cut a 45 Degree Cut @ 42 ¾” to its longest point. Then cut another 45” @ 38 7/8” to its shortest point BRACE 2

2 – 2” x 4” @18 7/16” – First Cut a 45 Degree Cut @ 20 ½” to its longest point. Then Cut another 45 @ 18 7/16” to its shortest point. BRACE 3

Tools Needed

Mitre Saw


Mitre Saw




Kreg Jig






Tape Measure



Paint Brush


Shop Towels




Safety Glasses


Ear Protection



The Top

Drill 1 ½” Pocket holes into the long ends of the 2” x 6” boards

Using wood glue and 2 ½” Pocket screws attach the 3 boards together.




The Frame

First, we are going to assemble the two sides.

To do this we need to dill pocket holes in both ends of the SIDES (2” x 4” @ 12”)

Using 2 ½” Pocket Screws and wood glue, attach them to the Legs.

The Top SIDE board will be set back ¾” from the sides of the Leg.

Tip: Use a scrap 1” board as a spacer

The bottom SIDE board will be 3” From the bottom of the leg




When both legs are done, we will assemble the frame using the 3 2’ x 4” @ 61 ½” Boards (SIDE/BOTTOM SUPPORT)

Drill 1 ½” Pocket holes in each end of all 3 boards. In the 2 SIDE SUPPORT boards you will also drill pocket holes as shown to later attach to the top.

Use 2 ½” Pocket screws and wood glue to attach to the legs. The BOTTOM SUPPORT will be 5 ¾” From the side




Attach the top using 2 ½” Pocket screws into the holes we had previously drilled into the SIDE SUPPORTS. The Frame will be set in ¾” From the TOP



The X Brace

Drill Pocket holes in both ends of the MIDDLE BRACE, as well on the ends of BRACE 2

NOTE: on the 1 end of BRACE 2, the direction of each pocket hole is different.

Use wood glue and 2 ½” Pocket screws to attach these boards, making the back side of the board 6 ¾” from the inside of the frame and 1” off the edge of the BOTTOM SUPORT


Drill 1 ½” Pocket holes in the ends of BRACE 1 and BRACE 3. Note the direction of the pocket holes in the Diagram below.

Use 2 ½” Pocket screws and wood glue to attach.



The Finish

Fill all pocket holes with wood filler as well as any gaps/imperfections. I always fill in the joints of the top as well to ensure nothing will get caught in there.

Give everything a good sand and Paint/Stain as desired.




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