This is a project I originally posted on my blog woodshopmike.com. Stop by sometime and check out my other projects & tool reviews. Now, on to the tutorial!
Before you get too far into the project, grab the TV Stand Plans from my site! There are just a few “rules” if you decide to build you're own.
- First off, these plans are free, so at a minimum, give credit where it’s due.
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- When all your friends say “Wow! Awesome TV stand!” tell ’em “I know, right!”
- Please feel free to ask questions. If I missed something or you think an improvement could be made, I’d like to know about it.
- Pictures of your project are pretty much expected
What prompts the desire to replace a “This End Up” TV stand that has been in service for the past 11 years? Purchasing a new TV, of course! I’ve always been an advocate of building your own furniture. It makes me sick to look at the construction of most furniture these days. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad that there is a budget friendly option out there, but it pains me to pay good money for poor joinery and particle board. My wife and I were looking at TV stands and couldn’t quite find what we were looking for in a price point that we were willing to pay. By the time we found an option that was solid wood and a style that wasn’t so modern that we’d regret in a few years, the price was way out of reach for us. Not that I don’t have enough things to keep me busy in the shop, but who doesn’t like a furniture project every now and then? So here are a few details. Like most of my furniture projects, it is a collaboration between the lady of the house and yours truly. We approach these kind of projects like the DOT.
- Identify the objective
- Draft a plan of attack
- Rethink the project, maybe we won’t do it after all and just sell out to the cheapest bid
- Finalize our design
- Wait an absurd amount of time to begin construction
- Finally start at a snail’s pace and blame all lack of progress on the weather…
All kidding aside, this has been on the to do list for about 6 months. Like everyone else, life gets in the way more than we ever anticipate. I’m currently in the planning stage and will be making a series of this build. Here are the details that have been settled on. The wood of choice will be cherry, it will have a shelf for the blu ray player and Wii to live on and two drawers underneath for movies, music, and controllers. I’ve also designed a little surprise to help with routing those annoying component cables.
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Step 1: What a Mess
I shot video instead of taking lots of pictures of this build. However, after all that video was taken I realized it was probably pretty boring to watch... So, most of the questions I can think of should be answered by studying the plans or watch the assembly video (also found here).
However, if that's not the case I'd be thrilled to answer any questions you may have. Heck I might even get around to editing all that video footage if there's enough of a need for that!
Here are some of the finer points of the project.
- Specs/Features: 44.5″ W x 19.5″ D x 19.75″ H
- Holds approximately 96 DVDs
- Hides speaker wires
- Removable top insert
- Pocket hole
- Feet mount to case with 1/4-20 studs into threaded inserts
- Full extension drawer slides
- Threaded inserts
- 2 coats Minwax Walnut stain
- 2 coats Minwax PolyCrylic matte
Step 2: Shots of Finished Project
Here are a couple detail shots of the TV Stand all finished up!
I'm currently building two end tables to match which are built very similarly. If you want to see all the in between steps in the end table build, follow along on social media & subscribe to my blog!
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