How To Make a Media Console For Under $100

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The media console above looks like it could have come out of the pages of the latest West Elm catalog, doesn't it? Just $40 of scrap furniture-grade plywood, an electric saw and drill, a set of hairpin legs, and 8 hours is all it takes to make one for your own living room.


Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern's media console is constructed from strips of 3/4" plywood stacked and screwed together, utilizing a very simple construction process. Tools required: a circular saw and an electric drill. That's it, besides the wood and screws. 

The console works set onto the floor for a low setup, or set onto cinder blocks for an industrial look at a higher level. But we think Ben's creation looks best on hairpin legs (here's where to order a set if you can't find any vintage ones locally) and ensures an ideal viewing angle height. Just note the addition of using hairpin legs will add anywhere between $14-$38 per leg to the total cost, depending on height and finish.

If you've ever made a layer cake, you pretty much get the idea behind how this furniture is constructed (except there's no delicious frosting involved, but you get to use a laser guide; you can still wear an apron, if you like). And I think the final piece lives up to his site's handmade and homemade modern reputation.

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More photos, plans, and complete instructions at HomeMade Modern.

(Images/video: Ben Uyeda)