Dawsen Media Console

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My friend Hillary from The Friendly Home built (and finished) this amazing media console from plans we worked on together.

Isn't it just beautiful???

Hillary not only took the time to build this plan for you, but she put together a very detailed post on how she built and finished it, so I INSIST you stop over and read her post.  

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Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List

2 - sheets 3/4” plywood ripped into strips 19 1/4” wide TIP: Use remaining strips for drawer box construction
1 - sheet 1/4” plywood for back and drawer bottoms
4 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 4 feet long
5 sets drawer slides (18” or shorter, two must be bottom mount or else you will need to add additional interior blocking)
2 sets hinges for inset doors

Depending on drawer slides, drawers can be made to different widths. I have not accounted for the 1x6 and 1x4 boards needed to build the drawer boxes.

36 feet of 1/4" thick edge beading to frame doors/drawer faces

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
Cut List

2 - 3/4” plywood @ 19 1/4” x 70 1/2” (top/bottom)
2 - 3/4” plywood @ 19 1/4” x 23 3/4” (shelves)
2 - 3/4” plywood @ 19 1/4” x 31 1/4” (dividers)
1 - 1/4” plywood @ 32 3/4” x 70 1/2”

2 - 1x4 @ 19 1/2”
4 - 1x3 @ 34 1/2”
2 - 1x3 @ 14 1/2”
2 - 1x4 @ 14 1/2”

1 - 1x4 @ 72” (long point to long point, both ends cut NOT parallel at 45 degrees)
2 - 1x4 @ 38” (one end cut at 45 degrees, longest point measurement)
2 - 1x3 @ 6 1/4”
1 - 1x3 @ 65”
2 - 1x3 @ 18 1/2”
1 - 1X3 @ 20”

2 - 1x4 @ 5 1/4” (back legs)

2 - 3/4” Plywood @ 19 1/4” x 17 3/4”
3 - 1x6 @ 19 1/4”
2 - 1x8 @ 19 1/4”
Edge beading is 1/4” thick, expected to frame all drawer faces

Build three drawers to fit 20” wide openings from 1x4s (top drawers)

Build two drawers to fit 20” wide openings from 1x6s

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
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

Note that the horizontal shelves 23 3/4” long are not required at this step and can be made fixed or adjustable.

Step 2

Back is attached and sides will be hidden by side face frames. You can also hide top plywood edge with a 1x or piece of the edge beading. Also note depending on your drawer slides, you may wish to attach back after last step.

Step 3

Build side face frames first, then attach with 1 1/4” finish nails and wood glue. Note that the face frame is designed 1/4” wider than the base carcass to cover back plywood edges.

Step 4

On back, (back not shown) attach two legs to support back and also to keep look consistent from sides. Additional support can be added to center for heavier loads.

Step 5

Step 6

Drawer faces are shown above. An alternative to 1x6 and 1x8 use is to use 3/4” plywood ripped into 19 1/4” wide strips as used in main carcass for drawer faces. All drawer faces are expected to be edged with edge beading.

Step 7

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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