A corner TV stand maximizes space in a small bedroom or apartment. If you’re not using a corner TV stand or what you have is getting old, it’s time to create one. Below is a simple step-by-step guide on how to make a corner TV stand using regular woodworking tools and your basic knowledge in carpentry.
Step 1: Measuring the TV Base
Although a flat screen TV may occupy smaller base area, the base width of a CRT (cathode ray tube) TV will determine the size of the corner TV stand. If you don’t own a CRT TV, measure the base width of a CRT TV that is nearest in length to your plasma TV. Provide allowance on each side, especially on the left and right side. A 3 -to 4-inch allowance will do. Use a pull push rule and take note of the measurements.
Step 2: Cutting the Wood Boards
Plywood boards are ideal for making a simple corner TV stand because they are light, sturdy and easy to cut. Two high quality 8-foot by 4-foot plywood boards with ¾-inch thickness are appropriate for this project. Cut one of the boards into two 4-foot by 4-foot sections. Draw a diagonal line through one of the 4x4-foot square. Cut along the diagonal line, dividing the square into two triangles. These triangles will form the top and bottom sections of the stand.
Step 3: Creating the Pieces for the Middle Shelf
The other square piece can be cut to make the components for the middle shelf. To do this, make a 3-foot by 9-inch measurement at a corner of the board. Draw a diagonal line to form a triangle. Cut the triangle with a saw.
Step 4: Creating the Sides
Fabricate the sides by cutting two 3-foot 8-inch long by 2-foot rectangular pieces of plywood.
Step 5: Sanding and Painting
Sand the cut plywood for a smooth finish. Apply paint using a paintbrush. Staining with varnish is also a good way to add color on the parts. Use a sponge to build an even stain. Leave the parts to dry.
Step 6: Gathering the Pieces
Gather the pieces together and position for assembly. Bring the two sides and one large triangular bottom piece first. Start with the right corner of the bottom piece; measure and mark 2-inch allowances for each side. This will serve as the space for the cords.
Step 7: Attaching the Base
Attach the side pieces onto the bottom triangular piece. Use the marks as guides and secure the pieces using wood screws.
Step 8: Installing the Top Piece
The completed portion may not be sanded before installing the top piece. Simply line the top piece with the bottom piece and secure it using wood screws.
The middle shelf is ready for assembly. Aside from functioning as storage for video player, VCDs and speakers, a middle shelf also serves as extra support. In Part 2, learn how to attach shelves and apply finishing touches on your corner TV stand.