Do you have a big blank wall that begs for some attention? If so, consider building your own entertainment center. I’ll show you how to do it in this step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Measure the space.
Measure the space. Make sure you’re measuring from corner to corner and that there is enough room for your TV and any other components you want to store in the unit. You should also make sure that your measurements are accurate by using a tape measure or yardstick with precise measurements written on it.
If you have a lot of components, such as cables and remotes, you should consider making multiple wall units instead of just one big one. This will help organize all of these items more efficiently and avoid having too many things crammed into one place
Step 2: Check the measurements.
Next, measure the space. You need to make sure that your wall unit will fit in the space and be level. If it’s not square or level, then you’ll have to adjust the design of your wall unit accordingly.
You can make a wall unit out of plywood or MDF (medium density fiberboard). Both are relatively easy materials to work with, but they aren’t as strong as solid wood. Solid wood is also more resistant to moisture damage than plywood or MDF boards because moisture can get between layers of laminated sheets like plywood and cause them to separate after being exposed for long periods of time—this isn’t common but it happens often enough that I wanted let you know about this potential issue before you start building your own TV stand.
The other thing to keep in mind when choosing these materials is how easy they are when it comes time for cutting and assembling each piece together; most people don’t have access tools like table saws so their best bet is usually something like what we used here: A jigsaw with an adjustable blade guard set at 45 degrees (the default setting). This allows us easily cut through all four sides without worrying about hitting any metal parts which could potentially damage our blade just from contact alone.”
Step 3: Cut MDF Panels to Size.
Use a carpenter’s square to mark the long edge of each panel. Then, use a straightedge (or chalk line) and your pencil to mark a perfectly straight line where you need to cut the MDF.
Once you have marked all sides of all panels, use a miter saw or table saw—depending on how large your project is—to cut them down to size. If you don’t have access to one of these tools, use either a circular saw or jigsaw instead.
Step 4: Cut Shelves and Mullions.
- Use a miter saw to cut the shelves and mullions to length.
- Clamp a straightedge to one end of each shelf, then use it as a guide as you make the cuts using your miter saw. Make sure that all of your shelves are the same length.
- With a pencil, mark the location where each mullion will go on both ends of each shelf. The top edge should be about an inch away from where it will attach with screws. The bottom edge should be about an inch and half away from where it will attach with screws. You’ll have enough room for error here because we’re not measuring anything exact, just eyeballing it based on what looks good with our spacing—so don’t get too fussy! Be sure not to draw lines across an entire face; only draw lines at either end of each piece so that none touch other faces when placed together later (this is why we started with cutting them in half earlier).
Step 5: Build a face frame.
- Use the miter saw to cut the frame pieces. If you’re working with larger lumber, use a circular saw and a guide to make straight cuts.
- Drill holes into the frame pieces using a drill bit that’s slightly smaller than your screws’ diameter. The holes will hold your screws firmly in place as they’re driven through them into the wall unit.
- Tap each screw into place with a hammer, then drive it in with the screwdriver until it’s fully secured. You’ll have to work around all of those angles, and sometimes even turn the screw upside down so that it can fit where you need it to go.
Step 6: Attach the face frame.
- Attach the face frame to the cabinet with screws.
- Make sure it’s flush with your cabinet and level.
- Use a pocket drill to attach it, or use clamps if you have some.
- Use clamps if necessary to hold everything in place while the glue dries, then disassemble once everything is dry and sand down any rough edges.
Step 7: Attach the back panels.
Now that your face frame is assembled, you can attach the back panels to the back of it. You can choose to do this with glue or screws, or both. If you’re using nails, be sure to use a nail gun so that they go through easily and don’t cause any damage later on.
Step 8. Cut shelf supports and center shelves and panel supports.
- Using the same size drill bit you used to drill your shelf supports, drill pilot holes in each center shelf.
- Attach the center shelves to both sides of each TV unit using 1 1/4-inch screws and glue (you can also use pocket hole screws for this step).
- Attach panel supports on both sides with glue and 1 1/4-inch screws placed every 8 inches or so. Make sure it is level by using a level as you go along.
Step 9 Install shelf supports and center shelves and panel supports.
- Install shelf supports and center shelves and panel supports.
- Use a level to make sure everything is straight.
- Use a jigsaw to cut the supports to size, taking into account the height of your TV and other components that will be installed on them (you may want to place them so they protrude slightly from the wall). To achieve a clean look, use a router with an edge guide attachment to round over all four edges of each support piece.
- Use another router with an edge guide attachment set up for 1/4″ cutting depth and set at 45 degrees for each corner that will have holes drilled into it (this will be most corners except near the bottom where you’ll probably want it flush). Cut away waste material inside this area using a drill bit just smaller than your chosen screws or nails so they can be easily inserted into place without hitting any obstacles when installing them later on—once you’ve finished drilling, use sandpaper or steel wool along these edges until all burrs are removed from both sides of each hole before moving forward with final assembly steps below.
step 10 Make dividers for each shelf sections and cut to size.
The dividers will be the same height as your shelves and will be made from MDF. They’ll be attached to the back of each shelf with glue, screws or nails.
This is a great DIY project that you can do in a weekend or less.
If you’re interested in building a wall unit for your TV, this is a great DIY project for beginners. It’s easy to do, affordable and adds storage to your home. You can build it in one weekend or less. This is how:
This is a great DIY project that you can do in a weekend or less. It’s a great way to save money and add value to your home. Get started today and enjoy your new TV wall unit.
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