Step 2: Design

Okay, so here is the basic logic of my design..
Knowing that wood of 5cm x 1.6cm x length  and 7cm x 1.6cm x length are common in hardware stores, I based a lot of the structure around this.

I planned to make a wooden frame for the base to provide a little height and some structure (so the bottom shelf wasn't sitting directly on the ground, nor would it sag).

So.. 4 pieces of 5cmx1.6cm wood, running front to back, with two long pieces of 5cmx1.6cm wood joining them. (see picture 1)

From there, I added a panel of wood directly on top with the same depth and width (this became the bottom shelf) - giving me a platform.

At that point, I added my vertical panels.

The end panels attached to the sides of the base - so they need to be longer than the two central panels  (end panel height = central panel height + base height + bottom shelf thickness).

I then created stability by placing a stabilizer piece across the top of the back panels.
(see picture 2 for a sneak peek of construction and to get an idea about what I am talking about).

To strengthen this structure and give it a more solid look, I dressed the face with these 5cm x 1.6cm and 7cm x 1.6cm pieces of wood.

The maths freaks amongst you have been keeping track and already know at this point that I used the table saw to cut the bottom front piece down from 7cm to 6.6cm's so that the front piece was the same height as the existing platform..

Now you have my basic structure.. Give it a bit more thought and see where you can add your own touches to make it more "you".

Great Work! <br>Maravilhoso.
are those jamo speakers?? (A)
Nice project! I really like the design, and the added details are great. You just can't buy stuff like this with this kind of practicality. <br /> <br /> (The write-up is a bit overwhelming, but impatient people will just look at the photos anyway.)<br />
Thanks! Yeah, took almost as long to document as it did to make it! <br /> (well, not really.. but it took longer than I thought it would)<br /> <br /> I guess my main aim is to inspire others to have a go at something similar, with a secondary aim of providing at least some hints for those who aren't quite sure how or where to start.<br />
It never hurts to share all the little tricks you know. That's what I like the most about this site. It's the best place to share your making techniques, and to get great ideas from others.<br />
Very nicely done.&nbsp; Everything is nicely square.&nbsp; No matter how hard I try, I usually end up with something that is not quite as square as I had envisioned it in my mind.&nbsp; <br />
Thanks, hey I&nbsp;like your saw bench - looks very industrial :)<br />
Excellent work! I recently went shopping for something to put my TV on and non of them address the issues like cable management or air flow like this.&nbsp;
Thanks!&nbsp;;)<br />

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