Benchmark Media Console

Submitted by nicwolford on Tue, 01/31/2012 - 07:17

This is my FIRST ana-white project and the first furniture I have ever built.

I made a few modifications to the original plan. Rather than using plexi-glass for the doors, I chose to use plywood panels to hide the electronics (Then I will use a rf repeater so the remotes still work). The doors are assembled using half-lap joints cut using a tenoning jig and a slot bit using a router with 1/4" plywood set into the slot during assembly.

I also chose to put a 1/8" roundover to most of the edges with the router to add a little interest and mounted the top doors from the top so they "flip up" rather than down.

Finishing was my biggest challenge but after fixing many mistakes, I finally am satisfied with the result. I used 4 coats of oil-varnish blend on top of a water borne stain.

I really enjoyed this project and it definitely gave me the addiction. I'm pleased with the final product and it's a huge step up from the IKEA thing we had before. I just bought a new table saw and can't wait to start my next one.

Thanks for looking!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Solid red oak and cabinet grade oak plywood
Finish Used
General finishes water based stain (brown mahogany color)
General finishes Arm-R-Seal oil-poly blend
Recommended Skill Level



Tue, 01/31/2012 - 08:05

I am impressed that this was your first project ever - you can't tell - and the fact you opted to use oak for your first! I'm not that brave. Beautiful job!


Tue, 01/31/2012 - 10:05

Thank you sooo much for the comments. This website truly was my sole inspiration for getting into woodworking. I've learned a lot and am humbled by the talent in this community. Thank you.

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