Free Furniture Plans to Build the Insert and Drawer for the Hudson Smart Media and Gaming Console

07.17.11 By //
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This is plan is for building the second part of this Small Media and Gaming Console inspired by Potterybarn's (allegedly) Hudson Collection!  The first portion of this project from yesterday can be found here.  We will cover the doors in just a bit, for today we are tackling the insert and the drawer!  I just adore this piece, and I plan to continue this entire collection!

We covered the first portion of this plan yesterday (found here) and this is a pretty easy build, no complicated stuff and really budget friendly!  The original costs $999…this beauty will come in under $100 from start to finish!  Just think of those savings! Wowza, you could build 8 more pieces in the collection with those savings!


  • Tape Measure
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Jig Saw – to carve out the hand hold for the drawer
  • Kreg Jig – optional


  • 1 – 1×2 at 6'
  • 2 – 1×4 at 6'
  • 1 – 1×6 at 6'

**1/2 sheet – 3/4″ Ply or MDF @ 4'x4' If you are building this insert along with the Unit, simply purchase 2 full sheets.

  • 1/4 sheet – 1/2″ Ply or MDF at 2'x2'


Cut List 
  • 3 – 3/4″ Ply at 18 1/4″ x 29 1/2″ Top and Bottom Panels, Shelf
  • 2 – 3/4″ Ply at 18 1/4″ x 20 1/4″ Side Panels
  • 2 – 1×2 at 29 1/2″ Cleats
  • 1 – 1/2″ Ply at 15 1/2″ x 26 3/4″ Drawer Bottom
  • 2 – 1×4 at 16 1/4″ Drawer Sides
  • 1 -1×4 at 26 3/4″ Drawer Back
  • 1 – 1×4 at 28 1/4″ Drawer Front
  • 1 – 1×6 at 29 1/4″ False Front



Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. 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.

Step 1

Step 1 

Cut the box panels, cleats, and shelf to size and secure the drawer slides in place on the side panels (this will make the process easier, if you do it prior to having constructed the box) using the supplied hardware and screws. Fasten the box panels together using your pocket hole system set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue. You can also use 2″ wood screws and glue to build this, just be sure to countersink for the most professional appearance. Fasten the cleats in place on the backside just under the top and above the bottom. This will give this added strength since we won't be fastening a back onto this insert.

Step 2

Step 2 

Build your drawer. I chose to use 1×4's for the perimeter since it is easier for most people to avoid using plywood for these pieces since ensuring a straight rectangular piece can be difficult. Use your pocket hole system set for 3/4″ stock to fasten the back to the sides and then fasten the sides to the front with your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue. The bottom is 1/2″ ply and you will create pocket holes around the edges to fasten to the back, front, and sides of your drawer. You will set your pocket hole system for 1/2″ stock and use 1″ pocket hole screws and glue to attach.

Step 3 

Add the False Front to th. Notch out a Hand hold as shown below in the appropriate dimensions, and fasten in place from the inside using 1 1/4″ screws and glue. The Drawer Front will overhang the drawer unit by 1/2″ on each side and the bottom of the notch on the false front should be flush with the top of the drawer front.

Finishing Instructions 

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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