TV stands are simple, so why not build your own in order to make sure you get the shelves you need and the look you want without any fuss? It’s simple to design one that’s perfect for your home without having to go to any extreme lengths or needing any really advanced tools other than a router.
Give it a shot, you’ll be surprised at how nice it is to know that you’ve built something that’s perfect for your home.
2.) Cut The Wood
Get your board and saw together, and bust out the carpenter’s pencil and measuring tape. First, we’re going to cut the boards into the desired size.
- Cut two pieces at 58×13”. You’ll use these for the top and bottom of the stand.
The side pieces should be cut at 13×22”. Cut four of these, since you’ll be using them to divide the shelving underneath.
Try not to butcher the rest of it, because we’re going to cut and use it for a further division once the main part of the frame is done with.
Now you’ll need to line up the boards, and learn a little bit about Dado joints.
3.) Making the Joints
Don’t be too intimidated by using actual joinery instead of brackets if you’ve never done it before. Dado joints sound more complex than they are.
- A dado joint is a slot cut to fit with the width of a piece of wood to allow it to slide into place.
Take the router and mark off your top and bottom pieces at the exact length. Measure two or three times, there’s going to be a lot of scrap wood if you’re not careful.
Come in from the sides by about 3/4s of an inch to cut the first slots. Take it slow and the router will treat you well.
Test the boards to make sure they slot in the right way. Start thin and work your way up if you’re not already familiar with the boards, but once you’ve got everything cut you should be left with something like this:
If it’s all slotted together you’re looking pretty, but there’s one more step to take before you can put the router away.
The joints we’ve done so far are called “through dados” but we’re going to want to cut “stop dados” in the sides of the boards that are aligned vertically for more horizontal shelving.
A stop dado… stops. Pull the router across your mark until you’re about an inch from the end of the board and stop it there, make sure that you’re even between the boards.
You actually can do a through dado here if you’d like, since the boards will be recessed a little bit behind the frame we’re going to finish the project with, it’s up to you.
You can get creative here if you want, we just divided them evenly but if you want to place books in the center section and a DVD player up top, for instance, you could use the router only four inches down or so to allow you to do it.
6.) Frame it Up
You’re almost done with the actual construction.
Now, you’ll need to take your 1×4” board and chop it to fit around the corners of the frame. If you’ve got the skills for it, a 45° angle on the end of each board will lead to a cleaner look, otherwise stretch the horizontal parts of the frame to the edges and then fit them.
Just use wood glue to attach them, then cut the vertical pieces and glue them on. You can rip them in half for a sleeker look or leave them at the full width to produce a pronounced “recess” effect on the shelves. We opted for the former.
And… you’ve done it, you have your TV stand. Finish it off with paint or stain if you don’t like the bare wood look, but the construction is done.