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TV Stand #1: TV Stand, part 1: Initial Sketchup

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Blog entry by pashley posted 667 days ago 3478 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve promised the wife a new TV stand/cabinet ever since we purchased our new HD TV over a year ago. Currently, we’re using one of my coffee tables. Just as I was about to embark on something else, I was told this project was next!

I have had a concept in mind for the cabinet, ever since I completed my curved panel clock, shown here:

I liked the look of the curved panel, so I wanted to incorporate it into the design of this TV cabinet, which is to be a stand, plus shelving underneath for the DVR, VCR, etc. Here’s what I came up with in SketchUp:

She liked it; truth be told, it’s one of my best designs. I like the curved panel sides, and what I did with the arching in the doors, as well as the blackwood inlay in the lower front. All cherry.

It’s about 4’ long, 22” high, and 1 1/2’ deep, a decent size, and will accommodate my gear nicely.

Side note: The rendering was done outside of SketchUp – you can see the name of the renderer. You can get a trial version for 30 days. This was about 20 hours of rendering; at it’s max, it will render a photo-realistic rendering!

NEXT UP: Making a detailed drawing.

-- Have a blessed day!



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Tom Godfrey

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#1 posted 667 days ago

super nice. I got to make something for our Tv one of these days. Just might steal your design.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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Raymond Thomas

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#2 posted 667 days ago

Very nice design – I like it very much.
I have some queries for you concerning the weight, the height and the width of your HD TV.
1) How heavy is this TV? 2) What type of stand/mount will it be using to sit on this TV stand? 3) How easy is it to tip it over? I ask these questions because my neighbor made a TV stand for his HD TV with about the same dimensions; his wild 5 year-old boy tipped it over by running into the TV stand by mistake. My word of warning is that large HD TV’s should be mounted into a cabinet or on / to a solid surface rather than using the stands they are sold with. If you are going to stand the TV on this then maybe a safety cable attached to the rear of the TV and anchored to a wall stud to prevent a tip over.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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pashley

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#3 posted 667 days ago

TorqNut, the TVs are light – this is like, a 42 inch, and weighs maybe 30 pounds, max. It comes with it’s own mount, a pedestal type thing. We may wall mount it. I wouldn’t say it’s that easy to tip over, no. We don’t have young kids, and the TV will be up against a wall…but thanks for looking out for me :)

-- Have a blessed day!

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