Parent's TV Stand
My parent's recently purchase a new television. Since they needed a TV stand for the new TV, I offered to make one for them. First I had to determine what type of stand they needed and the dimensions. I hand drew different ideas until they decided on which one they liked. We discussed the wood type but since I recently made my TV stand from African Mahogany we decided to use the same wood since I had some left.
Below is the sketch they decided on.
If you have never designed and created your own furniture from scratch, I would advised any woodworker to give it a try, it's not always that easy to figure everything out. Although I wish I hadn't made any mistakes, I'll point them out as I go along.
I wanted to design the bottom board first then determine my other measurements based off of that. I used large white craft paper for this. I tried the different angles until I came across the ones I liked. It's difficult to see in the image below, but I drew the bottom of the stand on the white paper along with several different dimensions.
Once I found what I liked, I had to determine how much plywood I would need to order. When making the measurements, the direction of the wood grain must be taken into consideration. Based on my measurements, I order two pieces of 3/4" 4' X 8' domestic made African Mahogany plywood.
Sides and Back
I have to cut the pieces as I make the stand. I first cut the back and the two side pieces. I cut the side pieces longer than what I will need so I have extra for the angles.
The angle from the side piece to the back piece is 128 degrees. Before I cut the angles, I mark each piece with the degree of cut and the direction of cut so I don't forget once I get to the table saw. I cut the sides and back piece at a 64 degree angle on my table saw.
Next I glued the sides to the back. I used hide glue and glued one side at a time. To help clamp the angle, I made several clamping blocks. I used some hardboard and some scrap pieces cut at 60 degree angles.
The homemade angle clamps placed pressure on the outer part of the angle so I used the band clamp to put pressure on the inside of the angle.
Once the left side was dry, I clamped the right side.
I didn't want to put press on the left side so when I used the band clamp to glue the right side I attached it around a clamp that I clamped to the back piece. You can see this clamp in the upper right corner in the image below.
Bottom - 46" X 24"
I cut the bottom board after I glued the side pieces together so I was able to use the dimensions directly from the glued angles. When the angles are glued, no matter how careful you are, the angle will slightly change so any pre-cut bottom won't fit perfect.
Once the back and sides were dry I placed them on top of the board I cut for the bottom. I used a pencil and drew where the sides and bottom where on the bottom board. So I had the location of the back and the sides marked on the bottom. Now I need to finish marking the bottom board.
I knew I wanted to bottom board to be 22" in depth so I drew a line marking the front of the bottom board.
I drew a line from the 128 degree angle in the back to the line I drew for the front.
From where these lines intersected, I measured over 2". From the left side, I measured 2' to the left and from the right side I measured 2" to the right.
I used my 45 degree triangle and drew a line from the 2' mark to the side mark.
Now I had the bottom board marked and ready to be cut.
I used my circular saw and saw jig to cut the bottom board.
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