Hidden Media Console

Hidden Media Console

Carpenter David Leon shares his instructions for making a console to hide equipment.

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Tin snips
Decorative mesh (or window screen material)
Heavy gloves
3/4-inch thick Plywood: (1) 12” x 18” (2) 12” x 6 1/2” (2) 19 1/2” x 1 1/4” (2) 6 1/2” x 1 1/4”
Wood glue
(4) Pin nails
(2) Hinges
Small screws
White interior paint


  1. Lay your 12” x 18” piece of plywood on the table. Take your 12” x 6 1/2” piece and have it stand straight up with the 12” sides of both pieces touching

  1. Use your drill and your screws to drill the two pieces together. Put one screw in each corner going through the side edge of 12” x 6 1/2” piece and into the end of the 12” x 18” piece

  1. With your other 12” x 6 1/2” piece, repeat steps 1 and 2 on the opposite side
  2. To construct the face of the media console we will need our (2) 19½”x1¼” and our (2) 6 1/2” x 1 1/4” pieces to be precut at 45-degree mitered angles on the ends
  3. Apply wood glue to one end of one of your 19 1/2” x 1 1/4” pieces. Adhere one of your 6 1/2” x 1 1/4” pieces making and “L” shape, with the two 45-degree angles meeting together. Hammer in a 1/2-inch pin nail from the top of the 19-inch piece and into the 6 1/2-inch piece to secure them together

  1. Repeat step 5 for the remaining 19 1/2” piece and 6 1/2” piece to create a second “L”
  2. Apply wood glue to both ends of one of your “L” shapes. Press your two “L”s together to make a rectangle frame. Hammer in a pin nail at the two corners that were just glued
  3. With heavy gloves on for protection, place your rectangle on top of your chicken wire. Take your pen and trace the inside of your rectangle onto your chicken wire

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  1. Use your tin snips to cut out the rectangle pattern on your chicken wire, staying 1/2-inch outside your traced line. This will allow you to staple it to your rectangle

Tip: Roll the chicken wire as you cut for an easier time cutting and to avoid poking yourself with the chicken wire.

  1. Lay the chicken wire over the backside of your rectangle. Use a staple gun to connect the chicken wire to the rectangle. Staple all of the corners and staple the middle of each side

  1. Place the backside of the rectangle against the front of your box with the chicken wire facing in. Hold the face against the box and place a hinge over the top right of the box. The holes of the hinge should be 3 on the top of the door and 3 on the top of the box
  2. Use your screws and screwdriver to attach the hinge to the door and the box

  1. Repeat steps 11-12 for the second hinge on the top left side of the box.
  2. Finally, paint your box a color that will match with your mantle. We painted our box white with interior paint

Place your media console over your entertainment components, with the cords coming out of the back end. Simply lift the chicken wire door to manually use your components

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