HomeMade Modern DIY Plywood Media Console


Introduction: HomeMade Modern DIY Plywood Media Console

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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.

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.

Step 2: Plan Your Layout and Mark Out the Cuts

You can arrange strips of plywood in all sorts of different ways; making this technique a nice way to neatly house randomly sized media components. Once you have established your layout, use a pencil and a ruler to mark out the cuts.

Step 3: Cut Strips

The laser guide on my RYOBI circular saw made cutting straight easy!

Step 4: Assemble

Start with the top piece down so that no screws will show on the top. 2 screws are enough for a smaller 2 ½” wide strips but 3 is better for the wider strips. Just screw one layer at a time and slowly build up the layers.

Step 5: Finished! Customize by Adding Legs and Color

This console works just fine flat on the ground or up on a pair of concrete blocks. I used some pre-made legs from hairpinlegsforless.com.

¼” plywood can be used to make a back for the shelves. Painting the back could add a nice contrast to the layered plywood.

Good luck making your own media console, and please email or tweet photos to @benuyeda or ben@homemade-modern.com. For more detailed instructions, dimensioned drawings and different variations of the project, check out our soon-to-be-released book.



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    9 Discussions

    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.

    2 replies

    what did you do to get the darker pieces?

    I've used two type on wood stain to get the different colours.

    I like it, but I would have to make some changes.

    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.


    5 years ago


    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 ?