TV Wall Mount in Oak

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Project by Don Butler posted 12-19-2015 06:34 PM 1261 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Because $150 or more for a factory made mount put me off, I was thusly challenged to make one.
I had some recycled red oak and milled the parts from it. It should be noted that I modeled the mount in
SketchUp before I cut anything.

The first challenge in the shop was getting the hinge knuckles to fit properly. The next challenge was in the plate that attaches to the back of the TV. There are 8 tiny threaded holes that must be matches as closely as possible, considering that this would be a metal-to-wood attachment. The little screws are only 4mm in size. I made a pattern by taping a sheet of paper to the TV and pressing with my finger to get an impression which I then made more visible with a sharp pencil. The paper pattern was then taped to the wood and the marks transferred with a sharp punch.

Later I found that making the holes line up when actually hanging the TV was not so easy as when the TV was lying on the table face down!

Another challenge was drilling for the hinge pins. .25” steel rod was selected but I didn’t have a bit long enough to penetrate the six inch hinges. Borrowing a long bit from a neighbor, but not as big as .25”, I used it as a pilot hole and then drilled from both ends with the shorter .25” drill bit.

The close up of the wall plate shows how I fastened it onto the 200 + year old wall. eight 3.5” lag bolts are screwed into the hard wood stud behind the lath and plaster wall. Yes, discerning eyes will notice a couple of errors – the top hole was drilled too close to the hinge and if you look close you’ll see a plugged hole where I mislocated a hole.
The mount plates are glued and screwed securely by means of a dado in the plate and good sized screws.

Lastly, the problem of holding the TV up while fastening it to the mount. I have a short step ladder and I made a temporary box that would sit on the ladder and support the TV while lining up and securing the little 4m screws into the TV.

Happy day! It holds the weight of the TV without any creaking or craking!

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#1 posted 12-19-2015 06:55 PM

Nice job Don, I completely agree the cost is way to high for a TV wall mount. I think the oak looks much better anyway.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 12-19-2015 07:56 PM

Looks Great!
I also agree those Wall Mounts are way over priced. Very clever making your own. Nice job on your project!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 12-21-2015 04:30 PM

Great looking project, Don. The man cave is too crowded. I need to do the same in my man cave but I’m opting for an angled shelf with a lock-down gizmo to hold the TV in place.

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#4 posted 12-21-2015 04:38 PM

That took some guts to do that, assuming that the TV is fairly heavy.
Do you know the weight of the TV?

If you don’t know, would you take the TV down and weigh it for me…................(-:
OK, I know that is a ridiculous request… you have a guess?

Did you calculate the force applied to the hinges at maximum extension?

I can’t believe that you would do this without getting out your old physics book and calculating everything. You could spend a fairly long time trying to figure this out….........what an opportunity for mental exercise….....

Think about fun you would have immerse yourself in the mechanics of materials, such as tensile strength, etc.

Old geezers like us really need to exercise our minds.

But bet you winged it. Kinda like me trying to figure out what diameter of dowel would be required for the handle of a shop tote I am building. I took a piece of dowel and applied force from my knee while holding it between my hands. If it didn’t bend with what I guessed would be the applied force from the tote, then it would work. But I usually make something like that double or triple the estimated size just to be on the safe side.

Oh well….......I will be retired in 10 days, and then I will have even more time to harass you…........

Something to look forward to….............(-:

Seasons Greetings and all that…..............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 12-21-2015 05:50 PM

I did “wing it”!
Yes the TV is fairly heavy, I guess around 30 pounds. The leverage at the end of that mount (about 20” at full extension) must be pretty intense. That’s why I used eight lag bolts.
I wasn’t really trying to think it through about whether the wood could take it. It’s 3/4” oak and well fastened with dados, screws and glue.
As I placed the TV on the mount I had a bit of concern, but I was ready for any bad sounds. I had placed a make-shift scaffold under it to support it during the mounting process and was ready to shove it back under if something bad happened.
Nothing bad happened.

Taking risks is what I do.


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#6 posted 12-21-2015 05:51 PM

Not a bad idea but you could have bought one for less than $50.00 at Amazon

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#7 posted 12-21-2015 06:11 PM

I make a lot of things I could have bought.
The challenge is the motivation.

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#8 posted 12-22-2015 05:59 PM

So now, among others, we have three old techie oriented geezers jawing over this thing. Like I said, once I am retired, and that is only 10 days from now, I will probably become a real pain for you guys.

I find myself making things I should have bought on occasion, and sometimes I wonder myself why I do it. But if I can make something without spending much money, or I have some dust gathering materials purchased to build something else, and then abandoned the project, then the game is on. The creative process is the driving force more me, and that may be difficult to separate from the challenge.

........and there is something about parting with money (that I would rather blow on some useless piece of shop decoration), especially if it is just some utilitarian piece of gear.

As I sit here typing, my keyboard pull out tray is a good example. I actually have three of them in reach. I use the side computers primarily for flightsim. They are cheap machines just used for displaying data, but it is constantly synced with flightsim on my main computer. There are some good reasons for having separate computers rather than just extra monitors. The two side computer keyboard trays are nicely finished with gray paint to match the large U shaped commercial desk system. Those trays were made years before I got into woodworking, but are indestructible 3/4” plywood construction, mounted on heavy duty full drawer slides. The main tray has never been painted because it is constantly in use. It has stops so that a flightsim yoke, or a driving wheel for racing sims can be attached. This central tray has some added plywood for rigidity in strategic places.

And then I glance up at the swiveling built in small rack system for the cable modem, router, and a network switch. We have a fairly extensive wired as well as wireless network in the house. I built that shelf system years ago also. It allows access to the back of the networking equipment, as well as perfectly displaying the LED readouts.

I do admit that the main computer keyboard tray might be hard to buy, but the rack system and the side keyboard slides would easily be available with some research. But they are indestructible items that have already given me enough use to justify their construction.

But Don, you are going to have to give Hans and I running updates on how well your TV mount works. I think we both envisage a crumpled up TV turned into a pile of junk after some grandkid tries to use it for a Tarzan maneuver. The grandkid will bounce and survive, but not the TV…..............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 12-22-2015 08:48 PM

For now, the mount is working nicely. Most of my grandchildren are adults, so I expect more civil behavior than that.
My great-grandchildren seldom come by, but when they do they know the house rules: No swinging on ANYTHING!

Jim, have you been spying on me? My computer setup is all shop built! I don’t do flightsim, though.

As for driving sims, I got my fill of sports car racing when I was a younger man.

But, on the other hand, the computer gets connected to my Nikon DSLR and it allows me to see the views on the big screen and I can operate all camera controls from the computer. Very handy for certain photo setups.

It would be great fun to visit you sometime, but the drive is too long for an octogenarian!


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#10 posted 12-23-2015 12:01 AM

Jim, cable management is a continuing issue as there are more application specific variations today. When I was going to high school and Jr college I worked at a TV and radio repair shop where the owner/manager made a special point of wiring/cable management as the finishing touch for any custom installations of which we did quite a few. Have you heard of the Mayo Clinic? The mother of owner of the shop was the governess for the original Mayo family.
However, at that time there were CRT TVs and vacuum tube based components but no cable for TV, no cable or DSL modems, or Cat5e cable, or RJ45 connectors or personal computers.
I think I said too much!

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#11 posted 12-27-2015 01:32 PM

Nice one Don. The cost of some of those brackets are ridiculous. The oak looks so much better

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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