Our entry way has a perfect welcoming nook, just right for a narrow console table. The problem was that we just needed the perfect table to be the center of attention, and give our guests a warm welcome, but we looked and looked, and there just wasn’t anything out there that worked. So instead of buying, we came up with our version of the Waterfall Entryway Table that is (literally) the perfect fit for our space.
We went with 4/4 ( about 1 inch think) rough saw white oak from Woodcraft.
*If you do not own a jointer and a planer, you can always use pin panel boards they sell at your local hardware store.
But if you do have all the necessary equipment, mill all the boards to their finished 3/4 inch thick dimensions.
Panel Glue up the boards using wood glue and sturdy clamps.
*Be sure not to over tighten the clamps, as to not “cup” the boards under pressure.
Allow for the glue to dry overnight. Then remove the clamps and sand smooth the project using 80 grit sandpaper.
Make 4 miter cuts for the joints. We’re using a track saw here, but if you do not own one, you can always use a skill saw with a clamped down trim piece to work as a guide.
All the joinery is assembled together using Dominos (Quick mortise and tenons), as well as wood glue.
Once everything is assembled together, clamp the entire project tightly to ensure a tight fit. This is where we can finally see the Waterfall Entry Table take shape.
Allow for the project to dry overnight before sanding it smooth using 80-120 grit sandpaper, and then finishing it up with 220 grit.
The drawers are made up of two different types of oak plywood. We used 1/2 inch for the sides and 1/4 inch for the bottoms.
*There is no need to buy 2 full sizes. Instead, 2 small half sizes will do.
Cut a 3/8″ deep by 1/4″ wide channel along the bottom of the drawer sides (1/2 inch from the bottom) for the drawer bottoms to be inserted.
Use wood glue and 18 gauge brad nails (at least 1 inch long) to assemble the drawers together.
We used poplar wood for the drawer faces because it’s dense enough as a hardwood, and as it paints very well.
For a fun pattern, you can use a track saw (or a skill saw with an edge guide), to create abstract geometric patterns that are 3/8 inch deep.
*To insure crisp cuts, go slow or use a blade with a higher tooth count.
Clean and smooth all of the channels you cut using 150 grit sandpaper. Note, the more prep time you allow, the cleaner the finished look will be.
Split the large board, creating two drawer faces with the pattern continuing as puzzle pieces from one drawer to the next.
Sand smooth the potential blade marks of the end grain after the cut of the drawer face.
Seal the project with a shellac sealer before applying the paint. Primer can work as well, but if it is not not sprayed, it can gunk up if applied with a roller or brush.
We decided to paint the drawer faces white to create some contrast. You can paint whatever color you want, or even stain the drawer faces if you want!
If you decide to paint the drawer faces, use a sprayer paint and make light coats. This will shorten your dry time, and minimize the chances of paint runs.
Using Danish oil finish, apply onto a rag and distribute it evenly throughout the console table.
We used 12 inch full extension ball bearing drawer slides for the drawers.
To ensure that the abstract drawer face pattern is symmetrical, temporarily set the drawer faces using hot glue. Once they are dry, carefully pull the drawers out from the bottom and secure the drawer faces from the inside of the drawer using 1 inch screws
Note, You’re only able to pull the drawers out from the bottom if you have partially exposed base pieces.
For Detailed build plans and schematics, Head over to https://jenwoodhouse.com/Waterfall-console-table/