Last time, I started to cut the pieces for the media console top and I had already built the box frame. Next, I cut face frames out of 1x2s, as well as cut and attached doors and shelves made of 3/4" plywood.
1 half sheet 3/4" A and B side finished plywood in Maple and Birch (already owned, leftover from kitchen cabinet build, valued at approximately $20)
6 - 1x2 @ 4ft. (From Lowes, Hemlock Board, $2.24 each, $14 total)
4 packs of 2 decorative surface mount hinges in brass ($2.83 each, $12 total)
2 - 8" square sheets of gray felt, $0.70
I paid $28.70 (with tax, rounded up to the nearest dollar) in new purchases.
I used material sitting in our garage leftover from other projects, but the previous price I had paid for all materials so far is approximately $63.50.
This media console has cost me $28.70 of my July budget, but would have cost me about $92.20, if you include the value of the leftover plywood from having my kitchen cabinets built last summer.
Making 3/4" plywood shelves and doors
For cuts in the middle, I lay the rip fence board on the plywood and propped up the piece to be cut using 2x2s, so as to allow only the 3/4" plywood I needed to be cut.
Attaching doors to face frame
I used surface mount hinges and folded up the packaging they came with to make spacers for attaching the doors.
The media console after the first set of doors were installed.
Assembling and attaching center fixed shelves
As the sun was setting, I had cut, assembled, and installed the two center fixed shelves and called it a day.
Assembling and attaching an adjustable shelf
Finishing the media console
By Thursday, the console base was completely painted in Napoleon. All shelves were stained with Watco Danish Oil in Dark Walnut. I painted the hinges Napoleon as well, to lessen the country chic look it had earlier, which I hoped to pair better with my husband's tastes and the sleek electronics this console would house.
In the period of 1 week, and after investing 26 hours, including paint time, I had successfully built a custom console table mostly from material we already had, using no plans, and just sort of reasoning my way through the experience. I was amazed that I went through this journey without second guessing myself this time and I am thankful that I didn't hit any major road blocks and was able to present this to my husband by the Fourth of July.
It's not perfect, but it is my own labor of love, and I think that is what makes it the most special to our family in the end. :)