Free Woodworking Plans to Build a West Elm Inspired Parsons Media Tower

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A very simple build, and a wonderful new media collection for us to begin, this piece will look smashing aside the Shelf Unit (plans for that found here)!

Estimated Cost 


Dimensions for This Project


Safety Gear

Tape Measure


Saw – for cutting plywood

Kreg Jig


1 Sheet of 3/4″ Ply

3 – 2×2 at 8'

1 – 1×2 at 8'


1 1/4″ Wood Screws

1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws

2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws

2 Overlay Hinges

1 Door Handle – optional and inspiration piece does not have one.

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Sanding Supplies

Finishing Supplies

Cut List 

4 – 2×2 at 3 1/2″ Legs

8 – 2×2 at 19″ Front and Back Rails

2 – 2×2 at 17″ Lower Side Rails

6 – 2×2 at 14″ Upper Side Rails

2 – 1×2 at 20 1/2″ Front/Back Ledges

2 – 1×2 at 15 1/2″ Side Ledges

2 – 3/4″ ply at 19 1/4″ x 26″ Sides

1 – 3/4″ ply at 20 1/2″ x 26″ Back

2 – 3/4″ ply at 19 1/4″ x 22″ Top and Bottom Cabinet

1 – 3/4″ ply at 22″ x 27 1/2″ Door

3 – 3/4″ ply at 14″ x 19″ Shelves


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 

Build the Bottom Leg Unit: Fasten the Rails to the Legs using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2″ stock and your 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 2

Step 2 

Add the Ledges: Using 1 1/4″ Screws and glue attach the ledges as shown below. They will be set in 3/4″ from the outside edge and should overhang the inside edge by 3/4″.

Step 3

Step 3 

Construct the Cabinet Box: Use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue to fasten the back to the sides and bottom, and the sides to the bottom.

You will need to create your pocket holes along the top edges of the back and sides as well so you can attach to the Upper Unit in a later step.

Once you have constructed the 4 sided box, attach it to the ledge by securing with your 1 1/4″ screws and glue from underneath on the ledge overhang.

Step 4

Step 4 

Construct the Top Unit with Side Panels: Using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2″ stock and your 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and glue attach the Side Rails to the Upper Legs. Once you have the side Rails connected, attach the Cabinet Top to the Upper Legs leaving a 2 1/4″ overhang on the front side and allowing the Cabinet Top to sit flush with the Side Panels on the sides and back. To attach the Cabinet Top you can use either 1 1/4″ wood screws and glue or you can attach the Side Panels to the Top using your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Do not attach this to the Cabinet Box yet. Wait until after you secure the shelves and front and back rails.

Step 5

Step 5 

Add the Shelves: Fasten the Shelf to the Front and Back Rails using your Kreg Jig Set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue. Then attach the Shelf Units to the Side Panels using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2″ stock and your 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Once you attach these, you can flip the Upper Unit over and attach it to the Cabinet Box using your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock with pocket holes placed in the Cabinet Box Back and Sides, and your 1 1/4″ pocket holes screws and glue.

Step 6

Hang your Door: you can use any hinge you like and feel comfortable with that is for an overlay door.

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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