DIY Trestle Console Table

Use laminated pine shelving and pine planks to make a Trestle Console Table in a jiffy that will cost around R300!


I saw the above Trestle Console Table on eating in the shower and immediately loved it, plus it's super easy to make. Buy laminated pine shelving and pine planks at Builders Warehouse and grab your tools!


1 of 305 x 1800mm laminated pine shelving

3 of 32 x 32 x 1800mm pine planks cut to:

- 4 of 32 x 32 x 800mm - legs

- 4 of 32 x 32 x 280mm - top/base crosspieces

- 4 of 32 x 32 x 160mm - sides

Wood glue

16 of 4 x 40mm smooth shank screws

Rust-Oleum 2X, satin canyon black


Drill / Driver plus assorted bit

Jigsaw plus clean-cut blade

Orbital sander plus 120- and 240-grit sanding pads

Quick clamps

Tape measure and pencil

Buy everything you need for this project at Builders Warehouse.


1. Cut a 5-degree angle at the top and bottom of all legs. Also cut 5-degree off the inside top of all the legs - where the top section will be attached.

2. On both top crosspieces, measure 20mm in from the edges and mark all round. This will be a guide for attaching the legs.

3. Use wood glue to secure the legs to the top crosspieces - at the 5-degree angled cut. Clamp overnight.

4. While clamped, glue the sides in place as shown below.

5. Attach the bottom cross piece with wood glue.

6. Drive a screw through the top of the legs into the top crosspiece, and where the legs and sides are glued together.

7. Sand all the pieces with 120-grit sanding pads, also rounding off the edges of the table top. Sand with 240-grit for a smooth finish. Wipe clean.

8. To finish this trestle console table I applied 2 coats of Rust-Oleum 2X satin canyon black. Using Rust-Oleum 2X allows the grain to show through, which I think adds to the finish of the table. Work in a well-ventilated space, shake the can well and allow each coat to dry before applying the next coat. Rust-Oleum products are available at Builders stores countrywide. 

I left the top loose, but you can secure with steel angle brackets underneath.