Building own furniture / What is Contiboard?

Hi all,
After searching fruitlessly for a TV unit and finding nothing like
what I want, I've been considering building my own.
I'm guessing the cheapest way will be to use chipboard covered in that
fake wood effect veneer. What is this called? Is it Contiboard? I know
Contiboard is a specific brand name, can you get the same stuff called
something else?
Where's the best (cheapest) place to buy it?
I'd still class myself as a bare amateur at woodwork, so If I'm going
to make furniture then it needs to be good. As the cuts will need to
be very straight and accurate I think I'm going to have to invest in a
circular saw, or a table saw.
Would a (hand held) circular saw be ok for cutting straight, or am I
going to have to shell out a wad for a decent table saw?
Many thanks,
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Bollocks. It had a series of articles (spread over several issues) on how to build a colour TV which of course was 625 lines. I started collecting some of the components to build it but realised it would take a spare lifetime and then some (and end up with a pile of sh1t: they used some pretty cheap & nasty components in the design).
None of which is of the least relevance to the OP who wanted something shelfey to put his telly on. :-)
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John Stumbles
Most of the sheds stock Contiboard or similar. Melamine faced chipboard is the generic name. You might like to consider
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which is a natural wood laminated board.
Make a Sawboard
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which will ensure accurate cuts with a circular saw.
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The Medway Handyman
Probably. But I hate the stuff. I'd always use one of real wood, blockboard or plywood, depending on what I was doing.
I'm pretty useless at woodwork too, and even I can make a fairly straight and accurate cut with a hand saw - good enough for most stuff that I do. Just get a new hardpoint one, something like
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I make allowances for my skills in the design - eg no attempting of dovetails :-)
(the TV is currently sitting on a stand mostly made of 2x2" and 3x2", with an old floorboard for a shelf. Nothing needed cutting to sub-millimetre accuracy, since there are no butted edges. It may not be elegant, but it works :-) )
cheers, clive
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Clive George
In message , John Stumbles writes
If you used a VCR97 it was colour even when it was monochrome!
Oh :-)
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Furniture board, fair faced ply (or MDF), veneered ply / MDF / Blockboard might all be suitable.
Conti do make some veneered chipboards - although most of the stuff you usually find in the sheds is the melamine faced version.
Local timber merchant probably.
A circular saw and a saw board will get you started.
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John Rumm
Heh! why buy when someone will be giving away a wardrobe or two? on freecycle thats if you have transport? now we know you cant get a wardrobe in the car but most modern day wardrobes can be dismantled and can be packed into a hatchback this way. :-)
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Contiboard is one make, and has become a "hoover" word, so only the most precious will correct you if you ask for it at a place that sells other it can have an outer face of a real wood veneer, which will need lightly rubbing down, probably staining, and some form of protective surface, such as a varnish; or it can have a printed film surface, which is immediately usable and surprisingly realistic these days. Some of the film-surfaced types have a rather poor edging on their long edges - a rather brittle plastic strip, plain colour on one edge and printed to match the face on the other. You can buy matching strip to glue on to any ends you have to leave exposed.
The advantage of buying from B&Q or a similar outlet is that you can select your own piece from the rack, and talk to the man who is cutting it (see below). It is often badly stored and found damaged.
Try to design it round the panel widths and then have it cut to length at the place you buy it. They will cut to width also, but you then have exposed chipboard to deal with. Contrary to the experience of others, and to the views of some of our purer contributors, I have found B&Q to be capable of accurate, well-finished cuts. The man on the machine appreciates it if you give him your dimensions accurately (to the mm), and sort your list so he does all the cuts to a particular length together, i.e. at the same setting of his saw. Allow 5mm waste per cut when working out what you'll get from each board.
I'd suggest waiting till you've had some experience designing and assembling from pieces cut by others before you splash out on / invest in expensive tools. There are many methods of joining panels for simple furniture construction, but some are best suited to series production as they require jigs of various sorts. Simple plastic blocks and brackets can work very well, and can be found in B&Q or Screwfix. Brace simple cabinets against "lozenging" by using a back panel rather than relying on timber joints.
Disclaimer: I have tried to make suggestions appropriate to the OP: all you purists with hundreds of hours of experience and thousands of pounds-worth of equipment may sneer to your hearts' content. My guess is that the OP will be happier with an imperfect, but complete and usable, piece of simple furniture than a spare bedroom full of quarter-sawn oak, half-made sawing jigs, and Wadkin's finest. bicbw.
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If you clamp a straight batten to the board and use that to run the saw along you'll get a near perfect cut with a hand held circular saw. Lay the sheet on the floor and space off with lengths of wood so the saw doesn't damage the floor. A table saw capable of handling large sheets of board will be expensive and need a lot of space.
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Dave Plowman (News)
it can have an outer
Good advice. Have sheet materials cut to size (unless you have an empty double garage and a pile of money to get rid of). I don't think I'd consider conti for a tv cabinet unless it's a lightweight LCD type.
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Stuart Noble
As a teenager, I built the first colour TV our family had - I had a little help putting the CRT in place, but otherwise, it was all my own work. (HeathKits were fun!)
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S Viemeister
In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
In addition, it's very difficult handling large sheets of material on a table saw, and far easier to take a hand-held saw to the material.
A circular saw will give a good straight cut - especially if guided by a batten, as suggested above - *but* you will almost inevitably get some slight chipping of the melamine surface or wood veneer on the side where the saw breaks through. [This will be the top side when using a hand-held circular saw, so make sure that the edge which matters most is *underneath*].
You will need to get some matching iron-on edging to cover any exposed edges of chipboard - and the chips in the melamine tend to prevent you from getting as good a result as you would like. The way round this - which I have only just discovered, but I'm sure is 'old hat' to many contributers here - is to cut the board a couple of mm oversize with the circular saw, and then use a router with a long straight cutter to remove the remaining material. This gives a near-perfect surface on which to apply the edging strips.
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Roger Mills
Depends on the size of the table saw.
You can score the surface to avoid that.
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Andy Hall
I see. How were issues such as set up and alignment handled? There was the obvious RF stuff, but then the magnetic and electrical adjustments for convergence etc.
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Andy Hall
In message , John Stumbles writes
No it was a green screen, so monochrome was black and green!
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