How To Build a Wood and Steel Console | DIY Restoration Hardware Knock-Off!

by Jenn

I have been looking for some more storage for my dining room, is there ever enough??? I needed something to put my big pots, bowls and small appliances on. After spending a few days browsing the internet, I found what I wanted at Restoration Hardware. Its was perfect, but it was also 2000$!!!! YIKES! So I decided to see if I could make it myself. I am SO happy with how this Wood and steel console turned out! My first ever Restoration Hardware Knock-off! Besides making my shelves a bit taller,  I think it looks exactly like the original. You can check out the original one on Restoration Hardware, I don’t want take the credit for coming up with this fabulous project.  I did however, build it, which I’m very proud of.

DIY Wood and Steel Console Restoration Hardware Knock-Off!

This is the first time I have ever drawn up plans on my own. I’ve done my best but if something is off, please don’t hesitate to let me know. This is totally a beginner project; It was pretty darn easy to make. And you know what the kicker is?!?!?! It cost me about 200$!!!! Ha!! I spent 65$ in wood, and 100$ on the casters (crazy expensive, but I LOVE them!) add on the screws, sandpaper, glue and things like that, and ya got about 200$ I could not be happier!……..Ok, let’s get to it!! 

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How To Build a Wood and Steel Console 

Materials & everything you’ll need to build a wood and steel console:

  • 10) 2x4s @8ft
  • 3) 1x2s @8ft
  • 1)2×2 @8ft
  • 2) 2x12s @12ft
  • 2) 72″ steel plumbing pipes 3/4″
  • 4) 3/4″ pipe caps
  • Kreg Jig (if you don’t have one, buy one. The one I bought was like 40$ and I use it for every single build)
  • 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole screws
  • 2 1/2″ Pocket hole screws
  • 1 1/4″ wood screws
  • Sandpaper
  • 1 – 1 1/4″ hole saw bit
  • 2) corner brackets
  • 4) casters and bolts to fit

Below is the cut list you’ll need:

  • 4- 2×4 @ 36″
  • 2-2×4 @ 70″
  • 4- 2×4 @ 67″
  • 6- 2×4 @ 11 1/4″
  • 1- 2×12 @ 63″
  • 2- 2×12 @ 60″
  • 2- 2×2 @ 11 1/4″
  • 2- 1×2 @ 11 1/4″
  • 3- 1×2 @ 15 1/4″
  • 2- 1×2 @ 67″

DIY Restoration Hardware Knock-Off!

Okay, let’s get started!  

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  • First I built the two sides like the above picture.  
  • Then you need to make two shelves and your top. They go together the same, but have different measurements, as the top is longer. 

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  • At this point, where I have the main pieces built, and the rest cut, I stopped and gave each piece a good sanding. Then I laid them all out and wiped them down with a mixture of vinegar, steel wool and coffee that I had sitting in a jar for 24hrs. I thought sanding and staining all pieces before putting the console together would be easier, and it was.
  • Next I laid my side frames down on the ground and started attaching the shelves. I started at the bottom, and then the middle then added my 1x2s at the top.

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  • After that, I laid the top on the floor (good side down) and flipped the whole thing over. I attached my 1×2 cross braces, and then attached the top to the 1x2s going all the way around with 1 1/4″ screws.

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  • While your console is upside down, now is a great time to add your casters. Check your depth before you pre-drill and mark your bit so that you don’t go all the way through to the other side. Pre-drills your holes and bolt your casters in.

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  • Now flip the whole thing back the right way.
  • This is where you are going to add your pipes. Mark half way between each shelf and drill out with a hole saw bit. The trick with these is to drill from the front half way, take the bit out, and go in through the back to finish it off. That way you have a clean edge on both sides.

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  • After I had got my pipes home, I washed them with some lacquer thinner and gave them a couple coats of spray paint. I used a hammered black on the pipe, and on the casters (which were silver when I bought them)

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  • Thread your pipes through the holes, add the end caps. Add your corner brackets if you’re using them and voila! You are done!! Stand back and look at your masterpiece! Then go get a glass of wine, cause you deserve it! I figure I saved myself about $1800 + Ooooh, I’d say some shopping is probably in order too! lol. 

I waxed my console when I was done; and then I oiled the entire thing with some mineral oil to give it a “wet” look.  I LOVE it. It works perfectly for what I wanted, and it looks fantastic! Even better in person. Plus this thing is solid as a rock!

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Remember if you would like to make your own, please see the full plans, material and cut lists first.

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2 comments

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Richard Hicks September 28, 2015 - 11:19 pm

Looks very nice. Wish I had more time to do something like this

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Mai Tran September 3, 2015 - 3:13 am

I wish I could be crafty enough to make this one. The word “EAT” is awesome!

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