Turned Leg Media Console

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 08/22/2010 - 20:52
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A media console with large controller space, turned legs, and an open bottom perfect for basket or bins. Two large drawers fit for DVDs.

How was your weekend?

Ours was rather regular, overly ordinary.

We cleaned the yard, and I couldn't help myself.  Had to take a few photos of our DIY house.

It's small, there's no marble entry and the granite countertops aren't solid slabs, but it's our house, and we built it, and I couldn't be more proud.  Every time I drive up in my driveway, I am so thankful for our home.

And our garage  :)  That's where we work on stuff.  That's my side of the garage.

And while we were cleaning the yard up for winter (yes, winter is near, the birds are already flying south!) we had some visitors

And they helped themselves to my broccoli.  I couldn't scare them off.  The cow moose was already shy, with a backside peppered with little wounds festering from getting into someone else's garden, and the calves were so hungry.

Not to mention mama's ribs were showing.  I'm always impressed with the moms of nature.  Mother ducks will pretend to be wounded to distract your from their young, a moose will nurse two calves despite ribs showing.  We will do anything for the health of your little ones, won't we?

And this weekend, I went for the plum.

What do you think?

I'm seriously in love.  The color is called Cranberry Spice by Kilz, in flat.  I put two coats of flat on, and then sprayed a top coat (the top coat was not my favorite and gave a blotchy appearance to the top, so I will be redoing that soon).

Don't be afraid of those fancy turned legs.  It's basically just a box, with four legs screwed to the bottom.  You can attach the legs in many different ways, but I liked using my Kreg Jig to screw the legs on from all four directions.  There is absolutely no wobble in my media console.

I used 15 1/4" turned legs, putting me back about $7 a leg, but in my opinion, well worth it!  I used MDF and pine for the rest of the media console.

52" wide x 30" tall x 14 1/2" deep (approximate size)


Shopping List

1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 10 feet long
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 1/4 Sheet
4 - 15 1/4" Turned Legs Farmhouse Style

Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

See detailed cut list in the PDF.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please review full instructions in the PDF.


Step 1

Nail the drawer guides to one of the shelves and the underside of the tops, as shown above. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue.

Step 2

Along with the boards from the first step and the remaining shelf and sides, build the box using 2″ nails or pocket holes screws and glue.

Step 3

Use 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue to add the side trim

Step 4

A little more trim . . . 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue

Step 5

Step 6

Shelf trim. Keep the top flush to the top, bottom flush to the bottom

Step 7

Pretty and strong. 2″ finish nails and glue

Step 8

Overhangs can be a little tricky – just use glue and remember to fasten through the face and to the vertical trim pieces

Step 9

The back will make everything so strong. Remember to nail to the trim boards in the center shelf too.

Step 10

If your legs come with an existing screw, you can use that to attach your legs. Mine didn’t – they were on clearance, so I drilled pocket holes with my Kreg Jig™ in all four corners and attached it that way to the console. I inset the legs 1/2″ from the outsides.

Step 11

The drawers are simply 1x12s surrounded by 1x6s. I used pocket holes for added strength and built perfect drawers on the very first try!


Betsy ~ GAhandygirl (not verified)

Sun, 08/22/2010 - 21:34

This is wonderful! I like the use of the legs on this. You can make it as tall or short as you want. Did you plug the Kreg Jig holes on the outside? Just wondering?

Virginia (not verified)

Mon, 08/23/2010 - 01:13

I am beyond excited that you posted this plan! This is so versatile! And so pretty! Thank you Ana!

Astrid @ The L… (not verified)

Mon, 08/23/2010 - 01:37

I love the plum! It's so beautiful and cheerful!

And....THANK YOU for posting photos (outside your AK home). I do get homesick for my home state (AK!) so it's extra nice to see photos from there. Gotta love those moose! The only way we finally managed to deter them was with a huge, tall fence. Down in the Lower 48 I got another problem...those darn deer! And raccoons!

I think I'm going to finally get the nerve and build a piece of furniture....hopefully. Pretty nervous about it, though!
--Astrid the Homesick Alaskan

Rachel (not verified)

Mon, 08/23/2010 - 02:16

I love your little tours around the property just as much as I love your projects:) Thanks for sharing the wild life and giving us hope for winter...in Texas it is still in the 100s everyday! Wish I was getting ready for winter.

Aimee (not verified)

Mon, 08/23/2010 - 02:19

Beautiful home and such a pretty color for your media center!! I wouldn't have been able to shoo the moose away either. Poor momma!