Modern Media Console with Metal Box Frame Base

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Free plans for modern media console inspired by West Elm with metal box frame base.

A couple of birthday's ago, my sweet husband bought me a welder.  Now this isn't shocking at all - he's very thoughtful about gifts, and never misses a birthday, anniversary or Christmas - unless I make a special request for no gifts.  

Or were you shocked about the welder part?  Considering I've received a chainsaw for Valentine's Day, a table saw and mitersaw one Christmas, I'd have been more shocked to open up a bottle of perfume or jewelry.  

There was only one big problem with getting a welder as a present at that time.  I was eight months pregnant, and busy preparing for a new baby.  So I put off learning to weld until after the baby was born.  But as you all know, that's when the real work with babies begins.  So I put off learning to weld until the baby was done nursing.

Well, he's almost two now, and we've been done nursing for a couple of months.  It's time to learn to weld!!!  I'll be sharing with you soon my adventures in learning to weld - the hubs has promised to teach me and says it's "very easy".  We'll see.

In the meantime I'm ready to share with you a project that was built using my welder!

It's a modern media console!!!


You may remember it from when I posted plans for the modern white floating ledge shelf.



Or from way back when you got a sneak peek of it before I stained it Rustoleum Dark Walnut - au naturale ...



And just in case anyone was wondering what it looks like white, we went ahead and painted it too.  


Something about winter coming with less daylight, just makes me want to paint all the furniture white and bring in bright colored rugs and accessories.  That, and my kids ate spaghetti in the living room.  Enough said.

This is a really simple project to make, woodworking-wise.  But it's the metal accents that take this project over the top.  I especially love how we took scrap square tubing and cut it and screwed it to the doors for handles.  Not only was it free (and hardware can be so expensive!) but it really balances the piece too!

If you don't weld, you could take the metal diagram (below) to a metal shop and have them build the base.  My guess is it would be inexpensive - especially since you could provide them with the plans and cut list and everything!  

And if welding isn't an option, you could also just add metal casters or build a base out of wood.

The plans follow, enjoy!

XO Ana + Family



Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

1 sheet of 3/4" plywood (I just used AC plywood) ripped into three strips 15-3/4" wide x 8 feet long

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 52" 17-1/2"

24 feet of 3/4" x 3/4" square tubing

I set of hinges (I used this type)

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 52"

4 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 16"

1 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 33-3/4"

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 52" 17-1/2"

2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 16-3/4"



4 - 3/4" square tubing @ 6" long

4 - 3/4" square tubing @ 14-1/4" long

4 - 3/4" square tubing @ 50-1/2" long


SCRAP TUBING FOR HANDLES are 6" and 10" long

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
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!


Step 1

Build the basic box frame for the project.  I recommend using a Kreg Jig on this project because there is no face frame to reinforce these joints.  Use 3/4" setting to drill pocket holes and attach with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.  Three pocket holes per joint are recommended for this width of board.

Step 2

Add shelves as desired, using pocket holes again.  Alternatively, you could use a shelf pin jig to create adjustable shelves (I did).

Step 3

Add the back.  Use glue and 3/4" brad nails or staples, secure to all fixed shelves too.

Step 4

Hinge doors on.  I used this type of hinge.  I ended up Kreg Jigging some 1x boards together to make my doors.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach to the underside of the cabinet with 1-1/4" screws (I just used a few of my pocket hole screws).

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.



Mon, 10/19/2015 - 11:58

I am so happy to see these plans!  It looks great in all finishes, but I think I like the dark stain the best.  It will sure be difficult to figure out what finish to put on mine.  

Pam the Goatherd

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 21:22

I've been planning to make this.  I don't have a welder but I figured I'd just make the bottom frame out of 1"x2"s and paint it with some of the metallic Rustoleum spray paint.  I built a pair of hutches for my kitchen a few years ago and used the hammered metal spray paint on the countertop part.  It turned out really well, so I think using the metallic paint on the wood frame would work equally well.