Henry Media Console

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How to build a rustic media console. Simple and elegant made from 2x4s, plans by ana-white.com

Hello and Happy Monday! We are just getting back from a trip last week, and are so thankful to be home. The first thing our baby did when he got home was go dump all his baskets of toys out that I keep stored for him in our entertainment center.

Those baskets are full of little cars and lego blocks.  I keep most of the toys out of the living room, so the space is easier to tidy up, but it just wouldn't be home without the baby playing on the living room rug, so this is how I compromise on the toy battle.

In a small space, you want to have open furniture to keep the look light an airy.  But at the same time, you have to be super organized and everything has a place.  I just love how this entertainment center console does all that - it doesn't box in the room, but has plenty of storage.  

For the finish I used Varathane Spring Oak

Check out my Ultimate Wood Staining Guide here for the step by step on staining.

Hope you love it too!  If you do build, please share a photo, we'd love to see how yours turns out too.

Have an awesome day!


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Shopping List

2 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long 15 feet of 1x12 boards, lengths 5 feet long (for example (1) 10’ and (1) 6’ board would work) 2 – 2x3 @ stud length or 8 feet 4 – 1x2 @ 6 feet long 1-1/4” and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws

Cut List

2 – 2x2 @ 60” – top front/back trim 2 – 2x2 @ 11-1/4” – top side trim 3 – 1x12 @ 57” – shelves and top 4 – 2x3 @ 27” – legs 4 – 1x2 @ 11-1/4” – shelf side trim 4 – 1x2 @ 55” – shelf front/back trim

Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Drill 3/4” pocket holes around all four sides of the top shelf board. Drill a single 1-1/2” pocket hole on each end of 2x2s that are 11-1/4” long. Attach the end 2x2 trim with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and Elmer’s Wood Glue. Now attach the 2x2 front and back trim using pocket hole screws – 1-1/4” when attaching the 1x12, and 2-1/2” when attaching the 2x2s together at corners.

Step 2

Drill two 1-1/2” pocket holes on one end of each leg. Attach to underside of top with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Step 3

The side trim will be inset on the legs 3/4” from outside. You can mark or use a scrap piece of 1x wood as a spacer to help guide placement. Drill 3/4” pocket hole on each end of 1x2. Attach to legs with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 4

Drill 3/4” pocket holes around all four edges of the shelves, including a pocket hole into the legs. Attach to side trim and legs with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and Elmer’s Wood Glue.

Step 5

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