Light Up TV Table

To start out making this table, I first pre cut the wood I would need to make the table 32" tall, 38" long and 16" wide. I did this after taking measurements of the wall and the TV/ sound-bar I wanted to put on it. I also wanted to make the legs of the table offset a little but to account for siding on the bottom of the wall, since I wanted the table flush to the wall.

Step 1: Start Construction

My first step of the construction process was to screw on the lip underneath the table, I wanted to add this for looks and to help conceal the lights and Arduino I was planning on putting underneath but also to help add some structural support. I first started with the boards on the sides, and then screwed the legs in. I only did one screw in the legs at first because I was planning on putting in a couple more from a different angles to add support and keep them from being able to twist.

Step 2: Finish Construction

For this next step I put in the underneath lip on the sides, I did this last because they were very difficult to slide in between the legs. I cut them exactly the length in between the legs and kind of had to force them in because I wanted them to fit as tight as possible to help with support. Next, As you can see in the picture I added more screws going into the legs.

Step 3: Extra Support

After finishing my planned construction I didn't think the legs were quite as sturdy as I wanted them to be, specifically in a side to side motion. Based on this I decided to add a board in between the legs to eliminate any unwanted motion. This idea was a very simple fix worked very well.

Step 4: Add Lights

Once I finished building the actual table I wanted to add lights, because, why not. To do this I used an Arduino from an old project I had. I decided to attach the neopixel lights to the lip on front side of the table. I decided this placement because I thought if the lights were facing away from where people would be sitting they would shine off the wall and not affect your TV watching experience. To attach the lights I simply hot glued them to the wood to keep everything clean and hidden.

Step 5: Plug It in

Once I had finished attaching the lights and uploading my code to the Arduino all that was left to do was plug the table in. The cord I had from the Arduino went to a USB port so I just used a charging block from my phone to plug it into the wall. Follow these steps and you too can have a mostly sturdy, beautiful, light up table to add some fun to your room.

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