When building a TV shelf wall, you must construct it to accommodate today's huge home theater-sized monitors. The recent explosion in large television sizes has also compelled changes in cabinet design. Commercially available entertainment centers can be rather costly. However, with a little know how plus the proper tools and correct materials, building your own TV cabinet shelf can be a rewarding accomplishment.
Step 1: Find the Center
Place the two 30x24-inch plywood boards next to each other on the floor. Locate the center up from one end and mark it. The measurement should be 15 inches. Place a framing square at the mark and draw a line across both panels of wood.
Step 2 – Apply the Glue
Take the 18x24-inch panel and run a bead of glue along the 24-inch edge. Place this glued edge along the line marked on a 30x24-inch panel and secure the 2 using finishing nails. Repeat the process on the other side forming an “H” shape with the 3 panels. This will act as your centerpiece.
Step 3 – More Centering
Place the two 48x24-inch on the floor next to each other. Locate and mark the center of each panel and then place a mark that is 9 inches in both directions from the center mark. Using the framing square, draw a line between the spots creating an 18-inch space.
Step 4 – More Gluing
Secure one 24x48-inch panel to the centerpiece by running a bead of glue on the centerpiece edge. Secure the panel with finishing nails. Repeat this process with the other 24x48-inch panel. Use the 100-grade sandpaper to smooth all exposed edges.
Step 5 – Inspection
Make sure all connections are secure. A good tip is to place a drop of adhesive glue on top of each nail head for extra support and secured connection. If using drilled connections, return to each checking for a tight connection before applying a drop of glue.
Step 6 – Coatings
Finish your cabinet by either staining or painting with the color of your choice. Once colored, allow for an appropriate drying time and then apply a protective coating of varnish or other sealant. You may want to sand the new piece of furniture and then recoat it with your protective varnish or sealant to gain a higher gloss look.
Make sure to always wear safety glasses and take safety precautions when using power tools. Cords can be dangerous so make sure you secure all tools when they are not in use. Remember the old adage: measure at least twice so you only have to cut once. Additionally, wipe off all excessive glue before it hardens.