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This project can be made in a few hours out of $40 of furniture grade plywood. The entire console is made from strips of plywood that are stacked and screwed together. This is an easy way to construct a media cabinet since there are no right angles to connect. By cutting and arranging different strips of plywood you can make a series of openings for odd sized media equipment such as cable boxes and internet routers.

Step 1: Supplies + Tools

¾" Plywood
Purchase at Home Depot
There are many types of plywood with different laminations and surfaces. I used ¾" furniture grade plywood with a sanded finish. You could mix and match the types if you wanted different stripe patterns in the laminations. I had 12” wide scraps left over from another project but if you are going to buy plywood, I would recommend doing it at Home Depot and having them cut it into strips that are the width you want. A single 4' by 8' sheet of plywood cut into 12" strips would be more than enough to build this project.

Screws
Purchase at Home Depot
1 ¼” wood screws are ideal. It is possible to use longer screws and connect multiple pieces at a time but you have to be careful to avoid gaps.

RYOBI 18 Volt Combo Kit

RYOBI 18 Volt Circular Saw
To cut the strips.

RYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill
To screw together the pieces.

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Here is my "retro" version of this great instructable. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be on my list of project. I am glad of how it turned out.
<p>what did you do to get the darker pieces?</p>
<p>I've used two type on wood stain to get the different colours. </p>
<p>I like it, but I would have to make some changes.</p>
This is a great design. One modification could be to drill holes through each piece and use a long bolt, or threaded rod. Less screws, and might add strength to this already stable table.
put the term &quot;built like a tank&quot; into retrospect
Nice
So you're putting a screw (or three) in at every one of your 20 strip-levels? 200 screws???!!
I really like your design and will most likely make one myself. How heavy if that thing ?

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