Because of the situation in our room, I chose to put the shelves flush to the right side of the TV cabinet. The design might actually look better with the shelves centered on the TV Lift Cabinet. You can easily modify the plans to do this.
The shelves are all constructed of birch plywood. There is 1x poplar trim used on the front of the vertical boards. They are glued and nailed. There is a crown molding applied to the top. The plywood, poplar, base cap and crown molding was purchased at the Home Depot. The 1" x 1/4" trim molding is the same as what was used in the TV lift cabinet and is from a local lumber store.
Some of the equipment needed to build this:
- Titebond wood glue
- A framer nail gun and compressor
- Table saw, compound miter saw, scroll saw
Step 1: The Plans
Step 2: Build the Carcass
# of pieces Part# Comments Size
2 A Vertical 51" x 11.25" (3/4" Birch Ply)
1 H Top 76" x 11"
3 B Horizontal 76" x 9.5"
1 D Stile#1 47" x 2"
2 E Rail 1.25" x 2"
1 F Stile#2 47" x 1.25"
1 G MidRail 8" x 2"
8 J MidShelfSupport 12"" x 8.75"
2 - Recessed Left panels 8.5" x 25" (1/4" birch ply, check this)
2 - Backer boards 76.5" x 25" (1/4" birch ply, check this)
3 C Face 51" x 1.5" x 3/4" (Poplar)
4 K MidShelfFace 12" x 1.5" x 3/4" (Poplar)
- - Crown Molding 4" x ~96"
- - panel Trim molding 1" x 1/4" x ~135"
- - Shelf Base Cap molding 1.25" x 3/4" x ~320"
Step 3: Build the Recessed Panel
Get pieces, D, E,F and G. Assemble them as you did the big front panel in the TV lift cabinet. This involves cutting 1/8" wide Dados in all the pieces so they can hold 1/4" plywood. After the Dados are cut, slide in the 1/4" plywood pieces. Glue and nail all the joints and let it dry.
Cut the 1/4" x 1" trim molding to trim the recessed panel openings as we did in the TV lift cabinet. So, there would be a total of 8 pieces of this small trim cut and glued into the recessed panels. For some reason, I forgot to take a good picture of the molding but it looks like the painted one below from the TV Lift Cabinet.
Glue and nail this panel assembly to one of the A pieces.
Glue and nail on the front poplar piece C.
Step 4: Scribe the Left Recessed Panel to the Wall
Step 5: Install the RIght Side Poplar Trim
Hold the poplar piece to the wall so it is plumb vertiacally and aligned witht he vertical shelf member on the left.
Use the scribe tool like the one I show in the picture to make your line.
Cut the scrap out, sand and test.
When it is right, glue and nail the right poplar piece on.
Step 6: Build the Shelves
After you've made your cuts, it's time to assemble, glue and nail. Start with the shelves. Put together parts A, B, H.
Next assemble the mid shelf support units. Each one includes 2 J pieces and 1 piece of K (Poplar). These are attached between the shelves and centered.
Step 7: Apply the Shelf Molding Trim
Cut and apply the shelf 1.25" x 3/4" basecap molding as shown in the pictures. Remember to cut it slightly long and snap it into place by pulling it out in the center as you insert the long pieces in.
Step 8: Install the Backing Board
Install the backing boards. They should be recessed into the cabinet back to allow room for the wires to travel down the "false" back. Glue and nail.
Step 9: Apply the Crown Molding
Cut the crown molding and make sure it will be flush to the back left edge and flush to the right edge walls.
Take the crown molding pieces, apply glue to the joints and nail the joint. While they are still drying but nailed, apply them to the front of your shelving unit with glue and nail them into place. It should look like the picture below.
Spackle all holes. Sand all surfaces with 100 grit sandpaper. Lay down plastic and newspaper. Apply 2 coats of a paint with primer. Apply 2 coats of MinWax water based polyurethane. See picture.
When this is dry, install your shelves. Placed them on top of the TV Lift cabinet. Drill a hole for your center speaker and IR repeater in the backer board. I picked a high shelf bottom corner. Snake the wires down through the back of the shelf and into the TV Lift Cabinet.
to prevent the shelves from ever falling over, I put a screw through the backing board of a high shelf to secure it into a stud on the wall. See picture.
I hope you enjoy building this. Again the original TV Lift Cabinet is here.