Finalizing my TV stand design

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Forum topic by pwalter posted 12-21-2013 02:57 AM 1286 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2013 02:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tv stand tv entertainment table living room furniture

I am about to start building new living room furniture, and want to start at the TV stand. I designed on sketch up, but I have a couple of questions before I really get started.

1st. What would be the best way to attach the shelf (solid wood) to the legs. I am worried that WHEN it expands, it will blow apart the table leg joinery.

2nd. The table top length is 60”. Would it be in my best interest to use breadboard ends? And do you think the table would actually look BETTER with breadboard ends?

3rd. The back panel will be able 21” wide and 53” long. I planned on making it out of solid cherry, but I know that if I just used a long mortise and tenon, or dado that the wood expansion and contraction would eventually break the glue joint. Should I just glue the center and cut the mortises longer than the tenons to allow for wood expansion?

4th. If you were build this, what would you change about the design?

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#1 posted 12-22-2013 11:18 PM

I’ll comment on your 4th question (not much help, I know). I think your design looks great. It looks like those are drawers on the bottom? If so, I would probably consider putting drawers/shelves in the center and doors, with shelves inside, on the ends. I think that would add a little flair. Another option would be to put double doors in the middle and narrower shelves on each side.

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 04:38 AM

supercubber I completely agree. I think two doors, and a center shelf would look REALLY nice. The problem is, I need A LOT of storage. I am replacing a HUGE entertainment stand, and need place for all the junk my wife hides in there lol.

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 05:39 AM

I think you have a valid concern about the mid-shelf being problematic. I would not use a solid panel there unless the width is 12” or less. Any wider, and the legs will be pushed outwards as the panel expands seasonally. I would opt for a plywood shelf with tongue and groove edgebanding. Pocket screws are surprisingly effective at attaching the shelf to the legs, and are invisible on the underside of the shelf.

Unless you will see the back of the unit, I would just use 1/2” plywood.

As far as breadboard ends, I would say no. They cause more problems than they solve, and I’m not sure it would look right with your current design.

Also, do you need so much room between the mid-shelf and apron? Usually A/V equipment isn’t that tall, and extra height there can look unsightly once the electronics are installed.

I would move the apron to the bottom of the piece, and use a web frame at the top (see pictures below).
Here are two entertainment centers I designed.

Good luck!

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