Media Console

Submitted by Csaum on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:04

Worked on this very casually and intermittently for about 3-4 weeks, though I would consider it a weekend project if you have all materials and tools necessary to complete, and a couple full days to devote to the project. With 2 young kids at home, I was only able to get an hour here and there at a time in my shop to work. I decided to leave off the top flip-down style doors, as our cable box requires line-of-sight to work, and my wife wasn't crazy about having to open those any time we were going to watch television.

I was a bit uneasy about the weight of the top, especially once the tv was placed, without any support bracing directly under the top-center piece of plywood. To add a bit of support, I added a 1x3 brace, attaching it between the tops of the 2 center legs, flush to the underside of the top. Completely hidden, and added just enough peace of mind for me to put my new tv on it, worry free.

Materials: I used maple hardwood plywood, and select grade pine for the finish/edge pieces. I found that polycarbonate sheeting was pretty expensive at my local hardware store, plus I had to special order an opaque finish, so I finished my doors with 1/4 plywood that I had left over from the back panel. I used 4 different grit levels of sandpaper (120, 220, hand sanded with 320, and then used 400 between coats of poly). Minwax Dark Walnut stain and 2 coats of clear satin polyurethane. Kreg jig is a must for a project like this, would have been lost without mine! I love that all the hinges and screws are hidden!

I'm planning to build the matching media towers from this collection next.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Maple / Select Pine
Finish Used
2 coats Dark Walnut stain - Minwax
2 coats clear satin polyurethane (400 grit hand sand between coats) - Minwax
Recommended Skill Level


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