It has been a crazy summer…
We have had Gymnastics
random illnesses (leading to 1 hospitalization for my son, but that’s a different story)
The biggest Garage sale I’ve ever seen
a vacation and a few day trips
and even Girl Scout camp
… whew, sounds exhausting.
It was exhausting, but fun.
Between projects and activities, I managed to find time to work on my media console.
To refresh your minds, I found an awesome website, ana-white.com, which is full of FREE plans to build your own furniture.
I was inspired to create a media console based on this Printer’s Triple Console Cabinet.
I took my time getting started, the story of that is here. Once I did get started, I gained a little confidence and had gotten to this point in the build before ending my Day 1 build:
That’s the back frame and the assembled door panels.
On Day 2, I finished assembling the doors and built the front frame:
Then I got excited and stopped taking pictures… **sorry ’bout that**
I remembered again at this point:
I had joined the front and back frames with the 2×2’s, as seen at the side there. I then screwed in the top panel in which I had pre-drilled the guide holes with my handy-dandy Kreg Jig. I then began attaching the divider panels, and finally the base panel which left me with this:
I set the doors in the frame to check for fit and called it a day.
I was pretty proud of myself at this point. I had demonstrable evidence of my handiness! Kind of, anyway…
The next part was a bit tricky. I had the brilliant idea to deviate from the plans and add in cubby-bases instead of drawers at the top. Then I would have a Media Console instead of a sideboard. It was a good idea, but I couldn’t cut the panels until I got to this point because the measurements were uncertain. Once I had this built, I was able to measure and cut the panels which I fit (almost exactly) onto a 2’x4′ piece of 3/4in plywood, that worked out well.
Over the next weeks, I stained the doors and the pre-cut cubby base panels:
I used Varathane Stain+Poly in “Kona”
At some point I attached the drawer pulls:
Let me be clear about that little step… that. is. a. pain. in. the. butt. They sell drill guides for this purpose, I Highly recommend investing in one if you plan on doing something like this.
Then I sanded and sanded and sanded my cabinet, first with 150 grit, then 220 grit sandpaper before staining it as well:
Next I attached the cubby-base panels, placed the doors in the cabinet to get a feel for how the finished product will look (forgive the dead grass and the neighbor’s car)…
I stepped back and went, “Holy Crap!!” …. I can’t believe I built that!! I did it! The woman who falls off porches and can’t catch ANYTHING you throw at her *built* that!!
Unbelievable. Awesome. Now all that is left is to attach the doors and move her inside. I’ll post a pic update as soon as I get that done. For now, I sleep, satisfied with my success…. Goodnight!
- I can be crafty. Right? – Part 2 (becauseitalktomyself.wordpress.com)