Making a New TV Stand

Now, I’m not going to start criticising the trusty Stair Banister TV Stand we did a while back. God knows, it’s seen us through some epic live TV events this summer. But, for all it’s simplicity in design, we’re not totally ready to accept it as a permanent feature in our living room. It’s better purposed to being used as a coffee table and unfortunately we’ve already got one of those.

What we needed was something new all together. Something to hide the mountain of cables gushing out the back of our various entertainment gadgets. So with a sad goodbye, we replaced the old TV Stand with a swish new cable hiding version. Here’s how you can make one of your own.

Tools you’ll need
Kreg Jig, circular saw, tape measure, pencil, drill, wood screws (3.0 25mm), wood glue, sandpaper and a spirit level.

Cutting List
Table Top – 89mm x 910mm. See the making a table top post to to replicate this one.
Legs – 4 x 350mm (35mm x 35mm)
Long sides – 4 x 820mm (35mm x 20mm)
Long side cladding – 3 x 820mm (7.5mm)
Short sides – 4 x 400mm (35mm x 20mm)
Short side cladding – 3 x 400mm (7.5mm)
Front divider – 1 x 200mm (35mm x 20mm)
MDF Shelf – 410mm x 820mm (9mm)
Shelf guides – 4 x 250mm (20mm x 20mm)

Glue the three sections of cladding together for the sides and back of the cabinet. Then screw the 35mm x 25mm side panels to the top and bottom, so it looks like the image below. These will need to be flush with each other, any overlap or you’ll be paying for it later. Set up your Kreg Jig to the 1″ point and drill the guide holes into the top of side panels.


Starting with the shorter sides, screw the side panels to the legs. Use a small amount of wood glue before you screw any pieces together, just to ensure it’s a good finish. You should now have two fully joined short side panels. Next you’ll need to follow the same process to join the larger back panel to the legs. You’ll now have three pieces joined together; the two sides and back of the cabinet. Finally, use the remaining two 35mm x 20mm long side panels and screw those into place. At every step, use your spirit level to make sure you’re screwing it together at a straight angle.

To give the shelf something to sit on, screw in the shelf guides along the bottom side panels. These will all need to be 9mm lower than the top of the top of all the side panels, so shelf sits flush. For the shelf to fit perfectly you’ll need to cut into the edges a bit. Draw a line down both sides that’s 10mm in from the edge. Then measure 15mm from the bottom of each side, so you have a half square on each corner. Cut this square out and it should just slide down into place. You might find it a little tight, just sand it a bit more until it fits.


Before you screw the top on you’ll need to set up a divider in the front. It’s up to you if you want this, but I needed a section between the PS3 and TiVo box. With the Kreg Jig, drill a 1″ hole at each end. Find the middle of the top and bottom panel, then use this point to screw it into place. Gently place the table top and screw it into place. Job done!

You’re done! Set up the TV, put your feet up and give yourself a pat on the back. Don’t worry we’re not totally turning out backs on the old TV stand, we’ll whip into something new one day soon. Just keep checking the site.

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