Benchmark Media Console
Make your own Pottery Barn inspired Benchwright Media Suite Console for a fraction of the retail cost! This step by step DIY project plan features everything you need to make your own simple stylish furniture on a budget!
1 1/2 sheets of 3/4" Plywood, cut into strips 15 3/4" wide, 8 feet long, cut with the grain, referred to as 1x16 boards. For 1/2 sheet, cut into strips 4 feet long, with the grain. Plywood as shown in plan is PureBond Alder.
1 sheet 1/4" plywood for the back
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
4 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 sheet acrylic glass 1/4" thick, 30" x 24"
4 sets Euro Style Hinges
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
2 - 1x16 @ 26 1/4" (Sides)
4 - 1x2 @ 15 3/4" (Side Trim)
6 - 2x2 @ 29 1/4" (Legs)
3 - 1x16 @ 55" (Main Shelves and Top)
1 - 1x16 @ 17 1/2" (Center Divider)
4 - 2x2 @ 26 3/4" (Bottom Trim)
8 - 1x2 @ 26 3/4" (Top Door Area Trim)
2 - 1x3 @ 19 3/4" (Top Breadboard Ends)
1 - 1x3 @ 55" (Top Front)
1 - 1x2 @ 55" (Top Back)
2 - 1x16 @ 27 1/8" (Shelves)
1 - 1/4" plywood 58" x 26 1/2" (Back)
2 - 1x6 @ 26 1/2" (Doors - CUT TO FIT)
4 - 1x3 @ 17 1/4" (Door Frames - CUT TO FIT)
4 - 1x3 @ 21 1/2" (Door Frames - CUT TO FIT)
Go through the plan and mark and predrill all Kreg Jig pocket holes prior to assembly.
Glue and nail side trim to outsides of the sides, flush with top and bottom edges as shown in diagram.
Through predrilled pocket holes, attach legs to sides with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Do this on both sides.
Mark the sides as shown in diagram and attach two main shelves with pocket holes.
Carefully mark location of center divider and attach with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
Measure the legs as done in step 3 to avoid sagging in the middle of your project and mark. Attach center legs exactly as spaced with outer legs, through predrilled pocket holes, using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
Attach bottom trim, flush on top.
Top trim needs to be added on front and back.
Build your top on a flat level surface, using clamps to ensure a smooth, even joint.
Mark the top 1" in on front and sides. Attach as shown in diagram.
NOTE: You may wish to install the 1x6 doors BEFORE adding the top if you do not have a right angle drill - or at least the hinges. See step #12.
Shelves can be installed with either 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws for fixed shelves, or you can predrill holes for use with shelf pins for adjustable shelves.
Cut the back from your 1/4" sheet of plywood. Tack on with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue.
Cut your 1x6 boards to fit the door openings. Install with the Euro hinges, shown below:
Measure the openings of your cabinet and build doors 1/4" smaller overall. Attach acrylic glass to backs and install in cabinet with Euro hinges.