Benchmark Media Console

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 02/12/2021 - 10:21
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Benchmark Media Console

Dimensions
media console dimensions
Dimensions shown in diagram

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 1 and a half sheets of 3/4" Plywood, cut into strips 15 3/4" wide, 8 feet long, cut with the grain. For the half sheet, cut into strips 4 feet long, with the grain.
  • 1 sheet 1/4" plywood for the back
  • 4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
  • 3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 sheet acrylic glass 1/4" thick, 30" x 24"
  • 6 knobs
  • 4 sets Euro Style Hinges
Common Materials
3/4 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List
  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 26 1/4" (Sides)
  • 3 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 55" (Main Shelves and Top)
  • 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 17 1/2" (Center Divider)
  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 27 1/8" (Shelves)
  • 4 - 1x2 @ 15 3/4" (Side Trim)
  • 6 - 2x2 @ 29 1/4" (Legs)
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 26 3/4" (Bottom Trim)
  • 8 - 1x2 @ 26 3/4" (Top Door Area Trim)
  • 2 - 1x3 @ 19 3/4" (Top Breadboard Ends)
  • 1 - 1x3 @ 55" (Top Front)
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 55" (Top Back)
  • 1 - 1/4" plywood 58" x 26 1/2" (Back)

DOOR/DRAWER FACES

  • 2 - 1x6 @ 26 1/2" (Doors - CUT TO FIT)
  • 4 - 1x3 @ 17 1/4" (Door Frames - CUT TO FIT)
  • 4 - 1x3 @ 21 1/2" (Door Frames - CUT TO FIT)
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Level
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Go through the plan and mark and predrill all Kreg Jig pocket holes prior to assembly.

Glue and nail side trim to outsides of the sides, flush with top and bottom edges as shown in diagram.

Step 2

Through predrilled pocket holes, attach legs to sides with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Do this on both sides.

Step 3

Mark the sides as shown in diagram and attach two main shelves with pocket holes.

Step 4

Carefully mark location of center divider and attach with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach bottom trim, flush on top.

Step 7

Top trim needs to be added on front and back.

Step 8

Build your top on a flat level surface, using clamps to ensure a smooth, even joint.

Step 9

Mark the top 1" in on front and sides. Attach as shown in diagram.

NOTE: You may wish to install the 1x6 doors BEFORE adding the top if you do not have a right angle drill - or at least the hinges. See step #12.

Step 10

Shelves can be installed with either 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws for fixed shelves, or you can predrill holes for use with shelf pins for adjustable shelves.

Step 11

Cut the back from your 1/4" sheet of plywood. Tack on with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue.

Step 12

Cut your 1x6 boards to fit the door openings. Install with the Euro hinges, shown below:

Step 13

Measure the openings of your cabinet and build doors 1/4" smaller overall. Attach acrylic glass to backs and install in cabinet with Euro hinges.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Comments

stmartin84

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 13:01

This is exactly what my wife and I have been looking for. My question is where can I find the plans for the bookcases on each end? Also, does the remotes work with the electronics through the smoked glass when the doors are closed?

JessieAileen (not verified)

Sun, 05/27/2012 - 08:40

My husband wants us to make this really bad. We have been enjoying your site more than you can know. I was wondering if you were going to go the plans for the book shelves also? I think that I could figure something out that would look nice without plans, or make my own plans... it would not be the first time. But yours look amazing!! :D

Austin D (not verified)

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 08:14

Hello Ana, :) i am wondering about the kreg Jig not sure what one to purchase for these projects, which one would work best for all projects?

am building the whole Tryde collection including the media center and 2 towers for the entertainment center, help with what kreg jig to buy that would work for all projects so i don't have to buy more than one KREG JIG, would really help, thanks.
Austin.

mikejoe13

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 17:04

I've built a couple of your pieces already following your detailed instructions. They are very helpful. Planning on tackling this tv stand this weekend. Do you also have plans for the book cases, they look great as well. Thanks.

Bev.Waltrip

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:11

Ana, my daughter used this plan for her first project and purchased all the supplies she needed with one exception: an authentic kreg jig. She purchased an off shoot and now she knowers why you use the real deal. The screw holes were too close to the edge and the wood broke away from the screws. She now has a true kreg jig and she said she will not go the knock off route any more.

paarlberg

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:12

Mine is 100 wide across the top. To secure the top properly, I used cleates on the bottom side of the top and were attached prior to installing the top. I predrilled the cleates for pocket screws to attach to the end panels and the legs. This allowed me to get the top nice and tight and then set it into place and then used screws to attach to the frame. It was my first furniture build (100% by myself). I haven't done the doors yet, just finished the rest a couple days ago and not sure if I want glass or solid panels..

I have been having issues uploading pics to ana-white.com, so no pics at the moment.

 

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