Introduction: TV Protector

Picture of TV Protector

When our son became a button pressing, knob turning toddler it was time to protect the TV and other AV equipment with a physical barrier.

The only option to buy seemed to be fire guard type things which were all far too tall. So I made the crayon fence.

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

Picture of Tools and Supplies

The crayons are made form 3x1 pse timber
Frame from 1.5" square pse timber
Felt pens and paint for decoration
Wood Screws

Mitre saw with scrap wood stop block
Paint brushes
Straight edge
Tape measure

Step 2: Making Crayons

Picture of Making Crayons

- Cut you timber to the length needed to protect your TV system
- For ease or reproducibility set the stop block on you saw so the point of the crayon in half way across the timber
- Set the angle of the saw to create point I used 23 degrees
- Cut all the points of as many crayons as needed.  My crayons were spaced 2.5" apart.
- Round all points on sander
- Cut framing to length

There are many ways of cutting the points (table saw, jig saw, band saw), I used a mitre saw as that was most convenient for me. 

Step 3: Assembly

Picture of Assembly

The crayons were then attached to the framing bars with two screws in each bar. One bar at the base and one use below the shoulder of the crayons. It is important to secure these well as they will get pulled on.

Crayons were spaced 2.5" apart.

The frame once completed was fixed to the wall either side of the TV unit with screws and raw plugs (sorry picture missing).

I then marked up the crayons using felt tip pen and painted the tips in with paint.

This successfully protected our TV for over two years while our son was in training not to randomly press buttons.


vainggooch (author)2017-03-21

it is really good.

Rushrv made it! (author)2016-03-16

I remember seeing this before last christmas, couldn't find it again so I made a similar fence/protected for our Christmas Tree. we still have it up in the corner and use it to pen in toys when there we have company over or trying to vacuum.

kevin_kenway (author)2015-02-22

Wat if they fall and they stab themselves with the top

pudtiny (author)kevin_kenway2015-02-22

The tops are rounded over. The fence is quite tall so not sure how a small child could fall on it. All the time we had it up we didn't experience any injury from it.
Thanks for your concerns.

kevin_kenway (author)pudtiny2015-02-22

oh just didn't want anyone hurt but other than that the fence is great

hotfarts (author)2014-01-09

V nice, well done. Superman style kid getup is awesome too.

pudtiny (author)hotfarts2014-01-09

Thanks,It was the classic of putting his trousers on before doing the silly poppers up.

camping crazy (author)2014-01-09

That is a good idea!!! But I would of rounded of the tops so they don't trip and stab their eyes out!!

pudtiny (author)camping crazy2014-01-09

The tops are more rounded than the photo shows

melaniesue2 (author)2014-01-09

Cute I also would probably round of the tops... kids always wear the colored pencils lead down and break the tip of crayons anyway. :}

pudtiny (author)melaniesue22014-01-09

The tops are more rounded than the photo shows

kinderdm (author)2014-01-09

Man, Wish I had thought of this when my first was little. We just kinda blocked it off as best we could with an ottoman and some other random stuff. This would have been much better and much nicer looking.

tsaharms (author)2014-01-09

This is genius! I jave been looking for a way to protect my tv too. I will be making ine of these this weekend!

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