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Benchmark Media Console

October 7, 2011 |
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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!

Benchmark Media Console

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Author Notes: 

Here she is!!!!

Excited to post this plan for you, enjoy the plans!

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Benchmark Media Console

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

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"
6 knobs
4 sets Euro Style Hinges

3/4 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw

Cut List

Cut List: 

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)

General Instructions

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!

Step 1

Benchmark Media Console

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.

Step 2

Benchmark Media Console

Through predrilled pocket holes, attach legs to sides with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Do this on both sides.

Step 3

Benchmark Media Console

Mark the sides as shown in diagram and attach two main shelves with pocket holes.

Step 4

Benchmark Media Console

Carefully mark location of center divider and attach with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 5

Benchmark Media Console

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.

Step 6

Benchmark Media Console

Attach bottom trim, flush on top.

Step 7

Benchmark Media Console

Top trim needs to be added on front and back.

Step 8

Benchmark Media Console

Build your top on a flat level surface, using clamps to ensure a smooth, even joint.

Step 9

Benchmark Media Console

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.

Step 10

Benchmark Media Console

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.

Step 11

Benchmark Media Console

Cut the back from your 1/4" sheet of plywood. Tack on with 1 1/4" finish nails and wood glue.

Step 12

Benchmark Media Console

Cut your 1x6 boards to fit the door openings. Install with the Euro hinges, shown below:

Step 13

Benchmark Media Console

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.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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Thanks, Ana!

posted by benfoldsfivealive | on Fri, 2011-10-07 17:21

Very nice!

This looks beautiful Ana. Thanks for another great project.

posted by Lynn P (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-10-13 10:21

Does anyone know where to get

Does anyone know where to get knobs like the ones in this collection? I have been eyeing the coffee table too, would love those plans...

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-10-14 23:23

source for knobs


try lee valley

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-11-03 08:18
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Hey Ana, how do we attach the top piece? the diagram points to a screwhole being used for the side pieces, right? thanks for your help and the plan...it is turning out beautiful so far!

posted by Megan W | on Sat, 2011-10-15 11:14

looking for similar knobs

Try lee Valley hardware hey have a pretty extensive selection


posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-11-03 08:16

Svp, du français


Vous avez un super beau site, seulement, si on pouvait avoir un peu de français, ça serait exytaordinaire!!!


posted by Jean-Léo Gagnon (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-11-03 18:42

Attaching top?

I have the same question as Megan W. above and I'm really hoping to build this this week. How do you attach the top? The diagram points to a screwhole which is used to attach the side pieces. I know the easiest thing to do would be to attach with nails from the top, but I had hoped to avoid the visible holes. I know you are busy with the Momplex (Awesome job, by the way, I can't believe what you guys are capable of!) but would appreciate the clarification.

Thanks for all the great plans!

posted by storchinsky | on Sat, 2011-11-12 09:04

Attaching Top

I just drove a couple 1 1/4" self tapping pocket hole screws up through the top rail (the piece above the top doors) into the top. You're really just holding it in place since picking the whole unit up by the top would not be recommended (mine ended up being VERY heavy).

posted by nicwolford | on Thu, 2012-01-26 08:59

Thanks! I actually already

Thanks! I actually already built it, and did something similar. I predrilled holes at a slight angle through the top rail and used regular wood screws (countersunk). I still don't love that solution. We move frequently (husband is in the Cdn. military) and I am totally expecting that it will get lifted by the top at some point when I'm not watching! I do love the look of the finished piece!

posted by storchinsky | on Thu, 2012-01-26 09:10

Quick Question

This is exactly what my wife and I have been looking for. My question is where can I find the plans for the bookcases on each end? Also, does the remotes work with the electronics through the smoked glass when the doors are closed?

posted by stmartin84 | on Wed, 2012-03-07 16:01

Book shelves

My husband wants us to make this really bad. We have been enjoying your site more than you can know. I was wondering if you were going to go the plans for the book shelves also? I think that I could figure something out that would look nice without plans, or make my own plans... it would not be the first time. But yours look amazing!! :D

posted by JessieAileen (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-05-27 10:40

Kreg Jig

Hello Ana, :) i am wondering about the kreg Jig not sure what one to purchase for these projects, which one would work best for all projects?

am building the whole Tryde collection including the media center and 2 towers for the entertainment center, help with what kreg jig to buy that would work for all projects so i don't have to buy more than one KREG JIG, would really help, thanks.

posted by Austin D (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-10-31 10:14

Do you have plans for the

Do you have plans for the side book cases?

posted by mlydunt | on Wed, 2013-05-15 20:32

Looks great

I've built a couple of your pieces already following your detailed instructions. They are very helpful. Planning on tackling this tv stand this weekend. Do you also have plans for the book cases, they look great as well. Thanks.

posted by mikejoe13 | on Tue, 2013-12-03 20:04

Plan link for media console tower

Here's the link to the plan for the media console tower:



posted by JoanneS | on Tue, 2013-12-03 20:40
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Kreg jig wanna be

Ana, my daughter used this plan for her first project and purchased all the supplies she needed with one exception: an authentic kreg jig. She purchased an off shoot and now she knowers why you use the real deal. The screw holes were too close to the edge and the wood broke away from the screws. She now has a true kreg jig and she said she will not go the knock off route any more.

posted by Bev.Waltrip | on Tue, 2014-08-05 19:11

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