Televisions are the focal point in any room of a house that has one in it. Along with the TV there are the many accessories you can add, such as DVD players and recorders, as well as game systems. To get the size and shape of your TV stand to be exactly right, build your own. This way, you can be certain the TV fits your needs for each component.
Place the two 24-by-30-by-3/4-inch plywood panels on a worktable. These are the sides of the TV stand. Measure from one of the 24-inch sides and make a mark at 14 5/8, 15 and 15 3/8-inches. Use a framing square to draw a line through each mark, extending it across the 24-inch width of the panel.
Drill three 3/16-inch holes on the line drawn at 15 inches. Make one hole one inch from the ends of the line and one in the center.
Make a mark that is 3/8 inch from the 24-inch sides of each piece. Place the framing square on the marks and draw lines across the wood as before.
Drill 3/16-inch holes on the lines as you did on the line drawn at 15 inches. These are pilot holes for the screws to hold the three shelves to the sides. Secure the 24-by-30-by-3/4-inch panels to the sides through the pilot holes, using drywall screws. These are the shelves of the TV stand.
Put the 31 1/2-by-30-by-3/4-inch panel on the worktable. This is the back of the TV stand. Make marks 3/8 inch from each of the four sides of the panel. Next, measure from one of the 30-inch sides and make a mark at 14 5/8, 15 and 15 3/8-inches.
Lay the framing square on the marks and draw a line that is parallel to the sides of the board and one in the center. Drill 3/16-inch pilot holes three inches apart on all of the lines. Apply glue to the exposed edges of the sides and shelves of the TV stand.
Secure the back to the sides and shelves with the drywall screws. Turn the stand over and clean up the excess glue with a damp cloth. Let the glue dry overnight. Using a drill and hole saw or a rotary tool with a plunge-cutting bit, cut 1 1/2-inch holes, or as desired, through the back of the stand above and below the center shelf for running cords into the unit.
Tips & Warnings
- Sand the TV stand after the glue is dry.
Things You'll Need:
- 2 pieces, 24-by-30-by-3/4-inch plywood
- Framing square
- Variable speed drill
- 3/16-inch drill bit
- 3 pieces, 24-by-30-by-3/4-inch plywood
- Philips-head screw tip
- 1 1/2-inch drywall screws
- 1 piece, 31 1/2-by-30-by-3/4-inch plywood
- Wood glue
- 1 1/2 hole saw
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