Hello everyone & welcome to the first post here on Craftsman Drive. My lovely wife has inspired me to start my own blog about my experience through our DIY journey. So, thank you for stopping by, and please forgive me but some of the blog is still under construction, I wanted to kick off my first official post at the beginning of the New Year. For my first post it has finally come to you by demand, the instructions for the DIY TV Stand as seen on Liz Marie Blog. As of recent, I have dawned the nickname Mr. LMB, and you can usually see pieces of my arms, hands, and the occasional back of the head photobomb in some of the pictures at lizmarieblog.com. Well, ringing in the New Year, I have decided to turn around, facing the camera, offering How-To’s of the amazing creations my better half has “influenced” me to build, starting with the highly demanded guide to the DIY TV Stand, and here it is!
I took these photo’s off of lizmarieblog.com, they are a little old, due to the fact we built it a little over a year ago. The TV Stand is the same however, its surroundings have changed a few times over. Thank you for patiently waiting for these instructions and I hope they help you create one of your own.
All the dimensions obviously can be altered to fit any area of your house. To get the starting dimensions, I took our previous TV stand, that was significantly smaller in width and length, but the height is relatively the same.
At the end of everything, the overall cost of this TV stand is just under $100.00. That includes all new hardware and wood, I did not use any left over materials from a previous build.
Okay, let’s break it down.
You cannot make anything without the idea’s and a few measurements, so let’s plot and layout.
Measure out your space, and determine your dimensions that would fit best for you, my overall size of the TV stand is as follows:
Step 1: Base comes first, starting with the legs.
I took the legs and connected the front leg to the back leg on each side. This makes an upside down “U” shape with each leg and the connecting piece. Repeat this for the other side.
Step 2: Connect left side to right side.
You should have two upside down “U” shape base frames made from the legs. Next, connecting the two “U” shape legs, left side to the right side, utilizing the 2x2s (length with be determined on overall width of console). Starting with the top, connect the front side of the left side of the legs to the right. Repeat the same step for the back, this is going to be the support of your top boards.
Step 3: Determine shelving heights.
The shelves are going to aid in structural support, and also provide storage and aesthetic appeal. Determining the height of your shelves is completely your preference, I choose the height to be 1 foot, because it was easy and looked nice.
After determining the height of the shelves, repeat steps similar to the ones used in Step 2, by connecting a support 2×2 from the left side to the right side, however this will be used for the shelves. I connected the shelves utilizing two pocket holes with the KregJig Master System. I choose to do it this way to hide the screws and provide a clean look without any exposed hardware. You could also use a stylish bracket in each location that will support the weight. I elected to place a support 2×4 in the middle on the backside, to help the overall support and prevent drooping of the top boards. I elected to place a support 2×4 in the middle on the backside, to help the overall support and prevent drooping of the top boards. I elected to place a support 2×4 in the middle on the backside, to help the overall support and prevent drooping of the top boards. This step will complete the construction of the base or frame for the piece.
Step 4: Laying in the shelves.
With the framework set up, you can now lay in the shelves starting with the bottom shelf first. I used two 2x8s side by side, starting with either front or back, it does not matter. Lay the shelf in, using another person to hold the board in place. Ensuring the shelf is flush with the side support 2×2 and attach the shelf from the front/backs side utilizing at least 3 screws for each shelf board.
Note* I used a countersink drill bit, to provide a pilot hole, usually helps prevent splitting of wood. The countersink also provides a divot in the wood to allow the screw to go further in the wood passed flush. This will allow you to come back later with a paintable wood filler to conceal the screws.
Once attached go to the other side and repeat. Do the same step for the middle shelf. This completes this step, next we will lay the top of the piece.
Step 5: Laying the top.
Laying the top is simple. First determine how many board(s) you want on top, and the amount of overhang from the top to the base. We chose to have no overhang on the backside to allow for a flush look against the walk, and we chose an overhang of 1 1/2 inches on the sides and 2 1/2 inches on the front.
Lay the boards down starting with the back since it is flush and that is the easiest, just simply ensure it is flush with the back support 2×2 and attach with a few screws from the bottom. Next, lay in place the middle board and front board, measuring each corner of overhang to ensure that the boards are square onto the base. You can choose to attach from the top with a counter-sink and fill later, or attach from the bottom. I chose to attach from the bottom, so I did not have to worry about filling it in later from the top. This completes the construction of the piece.
Step 6: Sand, Stain/paint, and let Set.
Now that everything is complete, it is time to fit the piece into your space.
Fill all the countersink holes, once dry run a palm sander across all of the boards to provide a smooth surface and allow the stain to take easier. Also, I usually sand all edges and corners to make the piece look a little more professional and slightly safer, removing sharp or pointy spots. Clean off all of the dust from the sand, and go ahead and stain or paint your piece, let it dry and move it in.
*The stain we used was Special Walnut by Minwax.
Well that’s it! I hope you like our DIY TV Stand. Have you ever made anything like this? If you end up using this plan, please let me know how it goes and send me a picture, I would interested to see how your build turns out. Leave me a comment below, find me on facebook, chat with me one instagram, and again thank you for visiting.