TV Stand #2: Making the front face frame... Next Step..... Ideas Welcomed

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Blog entry by Angela posted 08-09-2011 01:05 AM 8257 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Progess is very slow...cutting the new plywood, the angles and the splines Part 2 of TV Stand series Part 3: Moving along...gluing corners, cutting bottom and shelf. »

If anyone has a suggestion or idea, please feel free to add a comment. As I said I’m sort of making it up as I go along.

If took me a while to decide on how to secure the face frame. As I mentioned before I received this idea from re-assembling my parents TV stand. Once thing I was surprise to notice when I disassembled theirs, was how little glue was used. I believe their TV cabinet was from Ethan Allen.

I contemplated using a tenon joint, and then I settled on dowels. After thinking some more I ended up using pocket holes so I wouldn’t have to use glue and it would allow for wood movement.

Since the rails of the frame are cut at an angle I was worried that the screws recommended, 1-1/4”, would be too long so I first tried the pocket hole in some scrap wood.

I cut, marked and laid out the pieces.

I cut the pocket holes and assembled the pieces.

The project isn’t glued together yet. I stopped at this point to think what my next step should be. The bottom board will be about 3” off the ground and there will be a shelf where the middle part of the face frame is. So I’m looking at ways to secure and support these pieces. My parents had support blocks that were stapled and screwed into place. I’m thinking of doing something similar.

I tried to draw what I plan on doing. I though instead of just a support block that are stapled to the side for the bottom I’d use 3” pieces so they would go to the floor. I’d use support blocks for the shelf and support blocks, for the corners to secure the top piece with screws. The top is going to be about 7/8” thick and really wood that I glued together.

Nothing too heavy is going to be stored inside the stand. My Xbox will go on the top shelf then I have a surround sound system and a DVD VCR combo that will go on the lower part. The TV is 50”.

The widest part of the stand is 46” so I’m not sure if I need a support board for the board. I added it in my drawing. Although the drawing isn’t great, it just showing one side to give an idea of where I’m going next.

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#1 posted 08-09-2011 09:36 PM

It seems that an easy thing to do would be to use pocket hole screws on the undersides of the bottom and middle shelves to attach them to the sides and to the face frame. As I recall, Kreg propaganda claimes that pocket screws at 4” to 6” spacing provides a fairly strong joint. At my house those shelves would not see a great deal of weight so I wouldn’t think the extra glue blocks are necessary. On the other hand adding glue blocks would be easy and wouldn’t hurt anything. Buscuits would also work well for attaching these shelves to the sides and would be invisible, although maybe a bit more effort than pocket hole screws.

I’m guessing the top is going to rest on the top edges of the sides. Pocket holes in the sides up to the top would work, but would be kinda visible. I might lean towards dowels or buscuits.

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#2 posted 08-10-2011 06:02 PM

Thanks Greg, I didn’t even think of pocket holes. I’m glad you mentioned that. I figure the shelf won’t have much weight on it either. Just on Xbox and Kinects.

One time I atttached a back of a project with pocket screws when I messed up on the measurement and it was the only thing I could use. I was amazed how strong it was.

Thanks again

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 09:54 PM

Pockect screws would be fine.


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