Estimated Cost: $75-150
Wood:3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 1 - 1x3 @ 10 feet long 1 - 1x6 @ 9 feet long 1 - 2x2 @ 10 feet long 1/2 Sheet of 1/4" Plywood* 1 1/2 Sheets of 3/4" Plywood* *Like Ana White, I am committed to only using Pure Bond plywood in my home so as not to slowly kill off my family with formaldehyde.
Hardware and Supplies:1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws 1 1/4" Finishing Nails 2 sets of euro inset hinges (I prefer these) 1 set of 16″ bottom mount drawer slides 2 sets of small mirror clips Glass or acrylic (cut to fit your doors). Hardware of your choice (2 for the doors, and 4 for the drawer) Wood Glue Wood Filler Medium Grit Sandpaper Primer or Wood Conditioner Paint or Stain
Tools:Kreg Jig Jigsaw Circular or Table Saw (Optional, to get straighter lines when cutting your plywood. You could also use the Jigsaw for this. The table saw is also necessary if you're doing fake drawer fronts in step 11.) Miter Saw (Optional, but very helpful) Drill Nailer Sander Level Measuring Tape Carpenter’s Square Safety Glasses
Boards:1 - 1x2 @ 37" - Top Back Trim 4 - 1x2 @ 15 5/16" - Door Trim (long) 4 - 1x2 @ 12 3/4" - Door Trim (short) 2 - 1x2 @ 17" - Top Side Trim 1 - 1x3 @ 37" - Bottom Back Trim 2 - 1x3 @ 17" - Bottom Side Trim 1 - 1x3 @ 37" - Bottom Front Trim 2 - 1x6 @ 34 1/2" - Drawer Interior (front/back) 2 - 1x6 @ 16" - Drawer Interior (sides) 4 - 2x2 @ 29 1/4" - Legs
Plywood:1 - 1/4" PLY @ 36" x 16" - Drawer Bottom 1 - 3/4" PLY @ 37" x 25 1/4" - Back 1 - 3/4" PLY @ 27" x 17 3/4" - Bottom Shelf 1 - 3/4" PLY @ 17 1/2" x 13" - Cabinet Center 1 - 3/4" PLY @ 37" x 18 1/2" - Center Divider 2 - 3/4" PLY @ 18 1/8" x 17 1/2" - Center Shelf 1 - 3/4" PLY @ 36 3/4" x 8 3/4" - Drawer Front 2 - 3/4" PLY @ 25 1/4" x 17" - Sides 1 - 2/4" PLY @ 42" x 22" - Top
General Instructions:Make sure to re-measure and check for square after every step. Sometimes when building your measurements can be off very slightly, and it’s important that your numbers are exact. (Especially when working with doors and drawers!) Measure your available space before building this plan to make sure that it will fit. Please read through the entire plan before getting started.
Step 1:Cut your 3/4" plywood as shown above in the diagrams. (I didn't do a diagram for your 1/4" plywood that you'll be needing later as it's just one piece - hopefully you can use up some leftovers from another project!)
Attach your plywood side to the back of your frame using your Kreg Jig on the right and left sides. Further secure your plywood to the frame by using 1 1/4" finishing nails and wood glue from the back side into your 1x boards. (Pictured above is a view from the back of your side panel so that you can see it easier.) During this step, I would also recommend pre-drilling a few extra pocket holes in the top of your plywood sides that you'll later use to attach the top of your console. Repeat this step for the opposite side.
The back of your console goes together very similar to the sides. Attach your 1x trim first on the top and bottom using your Kreg Jig, then secure your plywood back to the 2x2 sides with your Jig. Further secure the top and bottom from the inside with finishing nails and glue. Just like in the previous step, I recommend drilling a few extra pocket holes on the top of your plywood before attaching it to your 1xs. It will prevent some headaches later when attaching your top :-).
Assemble the inner core of your media stand as shown above using your Kreg Jig. This step is easiest if you lay the piece on its back and slide the bottom shelf and center divider into place. Once those are in, the cabinet center should go in really easily.
There are two options for your shelves: fixed or adjustable. If you would like fixed shelves, I've shown above the measurements to get them exactly centered in your console. (Or, of course, place them wherever you'd like! That's the great thing about building - everything is customizable!) In that option, all you have to do is Kreg Jig them in. Personally, I prefer to be able to adjust my shelves down the road. I have one of these from Rockler, and it's super easy to make adjustable shelves with shelf pins. It's not very expensive, and I highly recommend getting one if you do a lot of shelf-making.
Step 7:This step is a bit tricky. I've attached a diagram to show you how to cut your bottom trim using a jigsaw. Draw a line 1 1/4" from the top all the way lengthwise across your board - you should only be cutting into the bottom half to make your design.
(IMPORTANT: Please read step 14 regarding glass front doors before proceeding on this step.) Create your door frames as shown above using your Kreg Jig. Leaving a 1/8" gap on all sides, attach them to your console using your hinges. (Since you haven't put on your glass fronts yet, you can reach in through the front to screw in your hinges. That should make your life a little easier.)
Build your drawer interior as shown above using your Kreg Jig for the sides and finishing nails and wood glue for your plywood bottom. (Since you're using bottom mount drawer slides, that will further secure the bottom of the drawer.) Install your drawer slides into the top section of the cabinet and make sure your drawer slides in and out easily.