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Build a Kemper Media Console


DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console – Great Style, Lots of Storage!

This media console is definitely big on storage! Featuring two small drawers, two cubbies with doors, three shelves, and a drop-down center door, what is not to love? The doors and drop-down door have false drawer fronts adding to the apothecary style, and the top is plywood with a solid wood trim so that a decorative edge can be routed. The DIY plans to build a Kemper media console are a quick and easy build, and should be fairly inexpensive compared to the catalog stores!

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • 2 sets of 18″ Drawer slides
  • 2 sets of hinges
  • 1 continuous hinge
  • 1 set of drop-down supports (like these)
  • Cabinet pulls
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×2 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×2 at 6′
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/2″ plywood
  • 4 sheets of 3/4″ plywood
  • 2 – 8′ trim at 3-1/2″ wide

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-1/4″ x 35-1/4″ – Sides
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 21-1/4″ x 59″ – Bottom
  • 2- 3/4″ plywood at 3-1/8″ x 59″ – Bottom Support
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 31-3/8″ x 59″ – Back
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 20-1/2″ x 24-5/8″ – Lower Dividers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20-1/2″ x 59″ – Upper Shelf
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 20-1/2″ x 36-1/2″ – Center Shelves
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 6″ x 20-1/2″ – Upper Dividers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 20-1/2″ x 59″ – Top Panel
  • 2 – 1×2 at 20-1/2″ – Top Side Trim
  • 1 – 1×2 at 62″ – Top Front Trim
  • 2 – Lower Trim Side pieces, cut to fit
  • 1 – Lower Trim Front pieces, cut to fit
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 5-3/4″ x 36-1/4″ – Center Door Base
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 5-3/4″ x 10-1/4″ – Center Door False Fronts
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 5-3/4″ x 15-1/2″ – Center Door False Front
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 8″ x 16-1/2″ – Drawer Bottoms
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 4″ x 16-1/2″ – Drawer Box Sides
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 4″ x 9-1/2″ – Drawer Box Front & Back
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 5-3/4″ x 10-1/4″ – Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 10-1/4″ x 24-3/8″ – Side Door Base
  • 8 – 1/4″ plywood at 6″ x 10-1/4″ – Side Door False Fronts

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Copy2

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly!

Cut the pieces for the sides, bottom, and bottom supports. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the bottom piece. Secure the bottom to the sides as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Secure the bottom supports under the bottom piece using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the sides and bottom into the pieces.

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Sides & Bottom

Step Two

Cut the piece for the back and drill pocket holes in the side and bottom edges. Secure to the sides and bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Back

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the lower dividers and drill pocket holes in the top, bottom, and back edges. Treat the pieces as if they are a left and a right. This way, the pocket holes will be hidden in the door cubbies and will not be visible. Secure to the back and bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Lower Dividers

Step Four

Cut the piece for the upper shelf. Secure the shelf to the sides, back, and lower dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the sides and back into the shelf. Use a few 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws to secure the shelf to the dividers.

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Upper Shelf

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the shelves. Position the shelves as shown securing in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the lower dividers and back.

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Center Shelves

Step Six

Cut the pieces for the upper dividers and drill pocket holes in the back and bottom edges. Secure to the upper shelf and back using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Upper Dividers

Step Seven

Cut the pieces for the top panel and the top trim. Drill pocket holes in the side and front edges of the top as well as one end of the side trim pieces (the shorter pieces). Attach the side trim first, using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, them attach the front using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top and sides will overhang the cabinet by 3/4″. Position the top then secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Top 1

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Top 2

Step Eight

Cut the pieces for the trim. Measure the sides and front before cutting the trim – the measurements will differ if there are mitered corners. Install the side trim pieces first using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails, then install the front.

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Lower Trim

Step Nine

Cut the pieces for the center door. The 1/2″ plywood is the base and the 1/4″ plywood pieces create the false fronts. Secure the false front pieces to the base with glue and clamp in place until dry. There will be a 1/8″ gap between the pieces. when dry, install the continuous hinge (it may have to be cut to length – this can be done with a hacksaw) and the drop-down supports according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Center Door 1

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Center Door 2

Step Ten

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Drill pocket holes in all four edges of the bottom as well as each end of the sides. Assemble the drawer boxes as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, locating them ¾” back from the front edge of the sides. For an easy tutorial, click here. Make any necessary adjustments then install the drawers.

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. Mark the position for the drawer pulls and drill the holes. Shim the drawer front in the opening – there will be a 1/8” gap around all sides – then drive screws through the holes for the drawer pulls into the drawer box. Open the drawer, and secure the drawer front using countersunk 1-1/4” screws from the inside. Remove the screws from the holes for the drawer pull then finish drilling the holes. Install the drawer pull. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Drawer BS

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Drawer FB

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Drawers

Step Eleven

Cut the pieces for the side doors. They will be assembled in the same manner as the center door. Install the hinges on the doors, then install the doors in the cabinet. Make any necessary adjustments.

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Doors 1

DIY Plans to Build a Kemper Media Console-Doors 2

Finish as desired, then install the cabinet pulls.

This piece can be finished any way you like… I am a huge fan of the rustic, weathered look using stain but the piece can also be painted to match the existing room decor. Though they are not included in the plans, small shelves can be added to the door cubbies – just cut a piece of plywood to fit and secure them in place with brad nails through the sides, dividers, and back. Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Kemper media console? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

Originally posted 2014-07-31 08:00:05.

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