Using reclaimed lumber for projects is a great way to recycle unwanted wood into unique pieces. This rustic media console uses wood from an old barn and gives the wood a new purpose. Plus nature has done the hard work and given the wood lots of character. Inspired by a West Elm media console, this console has faux metal legs and 3 storage boxes to hold movies, remotes etc.
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Working with reclaimed wood can produce unique and really neat projects. There are a few things to consider when using reclaimed lumber. Avoid pieces that have been close to manure, you may never get rid of the smell although sealing the wood can help. Prepare the reclaimed wood. Remove all foreign objects/nails from the wood before making any cuts. Rinse the wood with a hose and scrub the wood with hot soapy water and a bristle brush. Let the wood dry completely before cutting. If insects are a concern, consider taking the wood to a kiln or possibly using a steamer to kill the bugs.
Use the cut diagram as a guide to cut the wood for the rustic media console. The two shelves use rough cut dimensional wood (actual 2” x 12”).
In 4 of the 2 ½” x 10 ½” pieces, pre-drill about 4 holes along the top about 3/8” from the edge. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” screws to attach a 1 ¼” x 10 ½” piece to each one.
In each of the 2 ½” x 22”, pre-drill holes in the designated locations (see sketch). Use wood glue and 1 ¼” screws to attach the 2 ½” x 10 ½” rails into place. Repeat for both legs/bases. Fill screw holes and cracks with wood filler and let dry. Once the filler is dry, sand the bases smooth.
Drill pocket holes around the bottom edges of the drawer bottoms. Drill pocket holes in both ends of the 6 ¼” x 14 7/8” drawer sides. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach the drawer bottom to the 6 ¼” x 14 7/8” drawer sides. Repeat for the 3 drawers.
Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach the 6 ¼” x 11 ¼” drawer sides to the drawers. Repeat for the 3 drawers. At this point I painted the drawers, bases and cup handles with Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust oxidizing kit.
Drill pocket holes in the pieces for the reclaimed wood face frame (6 ¾” x 2”, 6 ¾” x 1 ¼” and along the top piece). Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to assemble the face frame, space the drawer openings about 16 13/16” wide. Note: measure the opening of the bases for the face frame, you may need to trim the face frame height to just under 9 ¼”.
Drill pocket holes along the front edge bottom (underneath) to attach later. This rustic media console is to shallow for drawer runners/slides. I opted to make storage boxes and make drawer placement guides to keep the boxes in place. Drill a couple of pocket holes in each vertical 2 ½” x 9 ½” piece. Use the face frame and these reference dimensions as a guide to place each block. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails for the horizontal pieces and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws for the vertical.
On each of the bases, pre-drill countersink holes in each shelf attachment locations. Turn the bases upside down and attach the top with 2 ½” screws. Place the 2nd shelf into place and attach with 2 ½” screws.
Place the face frame on the upside down 2nd shelf, the face frame should be inside the base pieces about 1” on each side. Use 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach the face frame to the 2nd shelf. Also use a couple of screws to attach the face frame to the base legs.
Attach the console bottom to the face frame with 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.
Cut the side panels to fit inside the bases. Secure the side panels with 1 ¼” brad nails.
Center the drawer front onto the drawer, about ½” from each side and ¾” top and bottom. Attach drawer front to the drawer with a couple 1 ¼” screws. Attach a drawer handle to the drawer front. Repeat for each drawer.