So I decided to wall mount my TV. This will give me the freedom to get rid of a big TV stand, but poses the problem that I need to put all my components in something. There’s no need for long and wide, so I decided to go tall and skinny. I actually found one for sale that I thought was beautiful, but it was prohibitively expensive. Always up for a challenge, and heeding the words of my father: “I can build one for cheaper” (funny how he never did actually build anything), I decided to go for it. Having very little previous woodworking experience, this was going to be a challenge.
I purchased a few sheets of Oak Plywood for the main body and some 1”x5” Oak for the front door. After making my purchases, I realized that I had a massive lack of tools with which to complete the project. Thank God for friends with tools, that’s all I can say. With the help of a friend, I relocated a large portion of his tools into my garage where the magic would happen.
I had almost enough material, but faced a challenge in getting a piece of grating for the front and side ventilation areas. Luckly enough I work in IT, and we just so happened to be decomissioning a server rack that very week. After jumping through enough hoops to make a circus lion proud I was now the owner of enough grating to finish my project.
I wanted to have a clean looking unit, so I decided to make two columns at the back for cable management. One for a/v cables, and one for power cables. These have been cut and installed, along with a 4’ long 12 socket power bar, which should be enough to power all my components.
Currently I have the frame/body completed, and shelves cut out. I have the back door cut and hinged into place. Since I used plywood, I had to get edge banding and iron that into place. Needless to say it looks much better with that installed. I’ll know for next time that actual solid wood might be better for furniture.
Remaining on my todo list would be: hinging and hanging the front door, cutting all the grating to exact measurements for installing, staining the stand, painting the grate, and installing the legs.
Easy, right? Yeah, we’ll see.
I’m looking for a black or very dark brown finish to this thing, and have yet to see something that didn’t require a good 5 coats. Hopefully it won’t take too long to find something suitable.
Wish me luck!
-- With great wood comes great responsibility. -Sare