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A fabulous media console to go with the other pieces in our Stuff your Stuff Collection! This would be amazing in a kid's room or playroom but frankly this would be perfect in the family room as well!
Jig Saw – optional and you can also use a table saw or circular saw to notch out the corners of the shelf boards.
Kreg Jig® (pocket hole system)
1 – 2×3 at 10' or 2 at 6'
5 – 1×2 at 8'
1 – 1×3 at 10' or 2 at 6'
1/2 Sheet of 1/4″ Ply at 4'x4'
1/2 Sheet of 3/4″ Ply at 4'x4'
1 Sheet of 3/4″ Ply
1 1/4” Pocket Hole Screws
1 1/4” Finish Nails
5 – 2×3 at 22 1/4” Legs
4 – 1×2 at 13 1/2” Side Panel Trim
5 – 1×2 at 14 1/4″ Supports
1 – 1×2 at 14 3/4″ Vertical Front Face Frame Trim
1 – 1×2 at 55 1/2″ Bottom Front Face Frame Trim
4 – 1×2 at 26 1/2″ Back Side Rails
1 – 1×2 at 60 1/2″ Front Trim (Under Top Trim)
1 – 1×3 at 55 1/2″ Top Front Face Frame Trim
1 – 1×3 at 62″ Top Trim
2 – 3/4” Ply at 13 1/2” x 18 3/4” Side Panels
1 – 3/4″ Ply at 58″ x 15 1/2″ Bottom Panel
2 – 3/4″ Ply at 15 1/2″ x 17 1/4″ Outside Vertical Dividers
1 – 3/4″ Ply at 14 1/4″ x 17 1/4″ Center Vertical Divider
2 – 3/4″ Ply at 9 1/2″ x 14 3/4″ Outside Shelves
2 – 3/4″ Ply at 18 3/8″ x 15 1/2″ Inside Shelves
1 – 3/4″ Ply at 62″ x 15 3/4″ Top
2 – 1/4″ Ply at 26 1/2″ x 17 1/4″ Back Panels
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Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Build the Side Panels: Attach the Side Panels to the Legs, use your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue. The Side Panel will sit in the Center of the Leg. Then tack on your trim using 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue. The trim will sit flush with the outside of the legs.
Frame Out the Structure: Attach the Rails to the Back legs, the Front Trim to the Front legs, and the Supports to the rails and front bottom trim. Use your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue to attach.
Notch Out the Bottom Panel: Using a jig saw, circular saw or table saw, create your notches in the bottom panel and cut to size. use your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock and create pocket holes around the perimeter of the bottom panel for attaching to the Unit later.
Notch out the Outside Vertical Dividers and Attach all 3 to the Bottom Panel. You can use a countersink bit and screws to attach or you can use your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue. If you choose to use your Kreg Jig, place the pocket holes on the dividers.
Notch out and Attach the Interior Shelves: use a jig saw or table saw to notch out your interior shelves and use your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue to attach to the Vertical Dividers. You will want to place the pocket holes underneath on both sides of each shelf to attach them to both dividers they touch.
Notch out the Outside Shelves and Attach: use a jig saw or table saw to create the notches on the back of the Outside Shelves and attach to the Divider. Use your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue to attach and be sure to add pocket holes on the outside edge that will fasten to the Side Panels in the next step.
Attach the Interior Unit: You will have pocket holes in the outside of the Outside Shelves and along the edge of the Bottom Panel for attaching to the Side Panels and you can attach the bottom to the Supports using 1 1/4″ Nails and glue from underneath.
Attach the Top Supports and Front Trim: Use your Kreg Jig® set for 3/4” stock and your 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue to fasten the supports in place and 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue to tack on the front trim pieces.
Tack on the Back Panels: Use 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue to attach to the dividers and shelves. Using a Hole Saw or Large Spade bit create your holes in the back to allow for cords to exit. You can create one or two depending on your plans for this unit and where you will place your electronics.
Fill and nail or screw holes, sand, and finish as desired.
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