Cottage Media Console or Coffee Table
A simple console with two drawers perfect sized for CDs and DVDs. Large bottom shelf perfect for media consoles and books.
Have you every heard the saying that the "the carpenter's home is never finished?"
This saying always rings true for me. I am always building something. Always. Every load of laundry I do turns up earplugs, hot pink ones. I buy lumber by the bundles and plywood is delivered in bunks. I build several projects a week, ending up in hundreds of projects a year. Hundreds.
Yet I live in a home that is unfinished.
Why is it that the carpenter's home is never finished?
Is it because there are just so many options, and you can't commit to a project?
Or is it because you love building, and the thought of having a finished home is downright frightening to your livelihood?
Or do you spend all your energy, time and money building for others, and have nothing left to give your own home?
I'm sure it's a combination of factors, but this year, I've decided, I am going to finish my home. So that means the projects I am going to build will be projects that I need for my home. These include - but not limited too:
- a Storage/Banquette wall for my dining area
- a Storage Daybed/wall system for Grace's room
- a Project Table and more storage for my office
- a Media Wall with storage for my Great Room
- Farmhouse Nightstands to match the Farmhouse Bed
- Entryway Room Divider/Storage System for my Great Room
- Kitchen cabinet organizers and trash bin
- Utility Closet Organization
And then of course, lots of little projects to finish out the rooms. I'll be developing brand new plans for all of these projects, and be sharing on Facebook and Twitter my progress, and of course, blogging the plans upon completion.
These are all giant projects, so in between building for myself, expect me to be blogging plans that you requested. But I may not have the time to go out and build and provide you with a built photo, so have faith, trust that I would never publish a plan that I did not spend hours thinking about, would build myself, and fully expect a real person to print out and build.
I've been wanting to blog a cottage style media stand with hutch for a long long time. How about today?
This media center will fit a flat panel tv that is less than 43" wide. The height is adjustable.
It is built in the same method and style as the lego coffee table and would coordinate perfectly.
And the Simple Nightstand, photo by Crissie at Design Eat Play.
Let me know if you would also like to see an end table and console table in this collection.
2 – 8′ 1×12 board
5 – 1×2 boards, 8 feet long
1 – 1×3 board, 8 feet long
1 – 1×6, 12 feet long
1 1/4″ and 2″ finish nails
2″ screws or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
wood glue and wood filler
Sandpaper (120 grit)
Paint, primer or stain and poly
This project has alot of pieces and drawers, which complicate the build. Please don’t attempt this as a first project. Always use safety equipment and precautions. Predrill all holes with a countersink bit or pocket hole system. Measure and mark all joints before attaching and cutting. Use glue. Be careful not to let glue dry one visible locations if you are staining. Measure the true widths of your boards first, and adjust as necessary to work with the plan. Be safe, have fun.
2 – 1×12 @ 44 1/2″ (Shelves)
4 – 1×2 @ 17 1/4″ (Side Legs)
4 – 1×3 @ 17 1/4″ (Front/Back Legs)
4 – 1×2 @ 41″ (Shelf Trim)
4 – 1×2 @ 8 1/2″ (Side Shelf Trim – adjust to fit the width of your 1x12s minus 3″)
2 – 1×12 @ 5 3/4″ (Sides of Drawer Box)
4 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Drawer Guides – match to width of 1x12s)
2 – 1×2 @ 5 3/4″ (Front/Back Trim for Center)
1 – 1×12 @ 48″ (Top)
2 – 1×2 @ 48″ (Top Trim)
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 7 1/4″ x 46″ (Back Plywood – Optional)
2 – 1×12 @ 18″ (Drawer Bottoms)
2 – 1×6 @ 18″ (Drawer Backs)
4 – 1×6 @ 12 1/4″ (Drawer Sides – adjust to fit the width of 1×12 boards plus 3/4″)
2 – 1×6 @ 19 1/2″ (Drawer Fronts)
Mark your side legs as shown in the diagram above. Predrill holes and attach the shelves to the side legs. Use glue and 2″ screws or pocket hole screws. You can optionally taper your legs as done in the lego table.
Attach the front and back legs. At this step, I would use finish nails and glue if you have a nailer, but screws will do the trick. Just harder to hide if you are staining. If you are painting, don’t sweat screw holes. Wood filler is an amazing thing.
Trim out the shelves with a nailer and 1×2 trim as shown above. Shelf tops are flush. You can leave the trim off the bottom shelf but the trim is needed on the top shelf.
Drawer Box Sides
Attach the drawer box sides in place with 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue.
Begin building the center by nailing and glue a 1×2 the width of your 1×12 (noted at 11 1/2″) to the shelf, with 1 1/4″ nails. Then add the green boards (trim) and follow up with the remaining top board.
The drawer guides will keep your drawers straight as they are pushed in. Notice how the drawer guides are flus to the inside of the legs, and not the inside of the drawer box?
Attach the top to the project, overhanging 1″ as shown above.
Now the top trim. Attach the top trim to the top with 2″ finish nails and glue as directed in the diagram.
This is purely optional. If you choose not to add the plywood to the back, your drawers will pass through – perfect for a coffee table.
Attach the drawer backs to the drawer bottom as shown above.
Now attach the sides to the back and bottom.
Here’s my trick from doing lots of building. Place the drawer box inside of the table, without the face. Line the face up, centering the gap around the face until it’s even and you are satisfied. Nail on with glue and 2″ finish nails around the edges.
To finish, remove drawers and fill all hole with wood filler. Do two coats, as wood filler tends to shrink as it dries. Then sand with 120 grit sandpaper. Clean all sanding residue and wipe down with a damp cloth. Prime and paint or stain as desired. Some tips: paint the insides first. Don’t paint the drawer box bottom, as the drawer opening and closing will just wear it off (opt for a stain). Add handles or knobs.