I have a new piece of furniture in my home. And by new, I don’t mean I bought it new. I mean, I BUILT it new! 🙂 This Farmhouse Media Cabinet is freakin rad. I know I keep saying this, but this is my favorite piece of furniture I’ve ever built. For real. Right now at least. 😉 Kreg Tools sponsored this build and I couldn’t be happier, since I wouldn’t imagine building something without my Kreg Jig. The full plans are on buildsomething.com, which I will link to at the end of this post, but I was so excited to share with you all the pretty pics I took!
If you have been around in any expensive home furnishing stores you might notice that this looks familiar. I won’t name the store, but this is media cabinet is a knockoff for one I saw for $1600. I spent $250 in materials. I know that may sound like a lot, but I chose to buy the nice 3/4″ Purebond birch plywood because of how strong it is and the smooth finish it has, and I spent $75 on hardware alone. Still… it looks nearly identical to the original and it is $1350 cheaper.
The one thing it doesn’t have, that the original had, is the French Cremone bolts. I couldn’t find anything sold in the U.S. that was less than $120 PER BOLT– and they were made for tall doors, so I would be wasting a lot by trying to cut it down to make it fit. I saw these decorative surface bolts at Home Depot for $15 and felt it had just the right look I was going for. The only minor modification I made to the surface bolts is, I took the lower strap that goes across the bolt closest to the knob, and I moved it to be on the top cabinet face, so when you slide the bolt up, it goes into the strap and locks the door closed.
A couple of other unique features of this media cabinet is the crown moulding trim and the 4 pane doors. The 4 pane doors really made me use my brain to figure out how to join the wood pane dividers in a legit and sturdy way. I started overthinking it and it was taking FOREVER. Thank GOODNESS for woodworker friends. I texted Jen Woodhouse how I thought I was overthinking it, and she was like, dude, just toenail them to the sides! I didn’t even know what that meant, so she explained it’s just driving the nails in at an angle from the dividers into the sides. So I did. And it was so much easier and it doesn’t compromise the strength. I DID do a notch for the part where they cross, but it was very simple with a table saw. I’m going to be buying some glass panes soon!
What do you think?
For complete build plans go to my tutorial on BUILDSOMETHING.COM HERE!
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