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This instructable will explain how to build everything from tables, to nightstands, to tv stands for little money, with a unique look, and with only a drill and adjustable wrench

Step 1: Supplies

This is a pretty basic way to make your own furniture simply and easily. Go to your major home repair chain store, such as Lowes or Home Depot, and purchase the following items:
1) 3\4" MDF. NOT Particle board. Home Depot sells it in 2'x4' sheets as well as 4'x8' sheets. They can both cut a 4'x8' sheet to the size you need, so go there knowing how big you want your item to be.
2) Threaded Rod. depending on how tall you want your piece to be, you can buy it in 1ft, 2ft, and 3ft lengths. Most pieces i have built use the 2ft length rods. I try to use the largest diameter rod I can.
3) Nuts, washers, and acorn nuts for the size rod you are using. the amount of regular nuts and washers you need is dependant on how many levels your piece will be.

Step 2: Assembly

To assemble the piece you want to build, it's pretty straight forward. Using the proper sized drill bit, drill 1 hole in each corner each level in the same location. In the TV stand, I went 6" in from the sides, and 2" in from the front and back for the top and bottom levels, and 3" in from the sides, and 2" in from the front and back for the middle shelf. I try to line all three pieces up and clamp them together, drilling all the holes at the same time to asure they will line up.

Once the drilling is done, if you are going to paint it, do so now, following the directions supplied with the paint. Once the paint is dry, or if you will keep it raw MDF, now is when you start bolting everything together.
On one end of the treaded rod, screw on the acorn nut, slide on a washer, and slide into the top level. The acorn nut and washer keeps the end nice looking and keeps someone from hurting themselves if they ever fall on it. on the bottom of the top piece, slide on a washer, then nut. Once tightened you will have the rod secured to the MDF. Acron nut->washer->MDF->washer->nut.
Measure the distance you want between shelves, and screw on a nut for each rod, measured to the height you want.I used 9" from the top shelf. once all for nuts are at 9", slide on a washer, slide on the next shelf, then another washer, and another nut. before tightening all the bottom nuts down, make sure its level.
Do the same step for every level you are using.
And thats all there is to it. If you want to save wooden floors, you can use acorn nuts at the bottom end of the threaded rod as feet. Total assembly time varies, but is around 30 to 45 minutes total.
The cost is cheap. I built a 2'x4' 3 level tv stand, and a 16" square, two level night stand for a total of $40. They are great for students, for housewarming gifts, or anyone who wants a more "industrial" look to their decor. The more power tools you have, the easier to make everything to custom sizes, but for a quick simple job, have Lowes or Home Depot cut it for you.
And thats it! Sorry there arent better pics, but my camera phone isnt the greatest. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, and I hope you like my first Instructible!
Awesome posting, I am building one right now, waiting for the black wood stain to dry on the pine planks I'm using. It will be 12w x 24l x 36t in dimension. Home Depot also sells 6 foot long threaded rods, if this works I will be building another. <br>Thanks!
How much did this cost? I'm interested in doing this for a nightstand
I built this and a nightstand for a total of $40. If you buy a 2x4 piece of MDF you should be able to do a nightstand for less than $20.
so two would be around $40?
Just wanted to say thanks for this Instructable! I had someone build one for me... here are the pics. He used 1/2" thick pine laminate boards, 1.5'x4', and finished it with a dark brown stain.
How did you finish the edges, or did you leave the ply exposed? I wanted to do a nice coffee table using this method but it turned out to be too expensive to get the quality I wanted out of it.
Yep, the ply is exposed; the edges are just sanded. I guess you might need to build a frame/border around the edges in order to get coffee-table quality. I'll keep thinking, and let me know if you figure anything out. I have a spare piece of 1" thick pine laminate that I was thinking about turning into a table, but I have the same "edge problem."
You can get some 1" wide trim and nail it on the sides, but it requires some fine cutting and sanding to make it look nice, which is why I gave up for the time being since I didn't want to buy a belt sander and a miter saw.
...or you can get the iron-on trim edging, which is less tricky to do, but it may peel off eventually and it is a bit harder to match the stain to the other pieces.
You can get pine trim strips the same width as the thickness of the plywood, and with small brad nails nail it to the ply. Actually it can look really nice since if you stain it you can tain it darker than the stain for the ply, and give it a nice framed look.
Thanks for the suggestions; I might try that!
Yup, the trick is getting it flush with the ply and to match up at the corners.
that looks fantastic!
would this work with masonite boarding? I have no idea what masonite even is, but i can get some for free, and I hear it is pretty strong, would anyone happen to know if it would work?
No masonite is too thin and flexible. Usually Masonite is only 1\4' thick.
Oh ok thanks for letting me know :)
That is one fine tv stand.
I built a computer desk using this method long ago, and all it cost me was for the threaded rod nuts and washers. the wood I used was wood grain laminated table tops from a mcdonalds that was remodeling of course these things are like 1 and 1/4 inch thick, but for free it was awesome. the only thing is I put pipe around the rods tho to give it a more pro look. wish I had a picture of it, as back then I didn't have a digital cam to take them. I used 4 of those real small tops for like 2 people to make a tower, and then attached a 4 foot by 2 foot table top off to one side and used a commercial restaurant table leg (also from the mcdonalds) to hold the other end. it was an awesome desk but later on I decided to buy a desk and of course, it was dismantled
My cats would love this!!
I love this idea!! And if you didn't want the "industrial" look, i'm sure a person could find some way of disguising the rods :)
Sleeve the rods with some kind of pipe or tube. Try the plumbing section for something the right color and diameter.
A sleeve would work, but depending on what you choose to use, you can also use galvinized pipe with threaded pipe flanges on the end instead
Any idea what a safe weight limit for something like this is?
It depends on how large it is, but I wouldnt put more than 100 to 150 lbs per shelf. If you need to go that heavy or higher, I would double or triple the sheets to create a shelf. Instead of just 1 piece of MDF, I would use two or three
Simply excellent!

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