I'm looking for a TV stand inspiration for a 46" LCD. I need 3-4 shelves
underneath. No doors. Curved legs? Through tennons?
I haven't really found what I'm looking for design-wise. Arts-N-Crafts
I am struggling to find a design that gets me close to what I want that I
can modify (not looking for plans-just a picture on-line)
If I didn't have my existing entertainment centre, I'd probably build and
use a plain low level sideboard type of unit with the TV sitting on it's
stand on top of it. It would be a very plain unit with lower shelves that
would showcase the exotic looking LCD sitting on it. That's what I'd
suggest. No doors, no curved anything. Any of that and it would clash with
the TV. That's the showpiece, use it to that effect, at least that's how I
Give me a little time and I'll post some pictures of my entertainment center
conversion. I'm currently modifying it from it's original use for a 32" CRT
TV to the 46" LCD TV I bought last December. In addition to the conversion
problems, everything is compounded by the fact that the alterations are
being done in my de facto workshop ~ my living room. I have to be really
careful with dust and tools.
I've bookmarked a couple of entertainment center/TV cabinets, maybe these
will point you in the direction you want:
Contemporary style (not A&C, but may give some ideas): Woodsmith #169
Feb/Mar 2007 pp 18 ff
Modern design with lift: Woodworker's Journal December 2006 pp 44 ff
General design considerations for flat screen TV furniture: Fine
Woodworking March/April 2006 pp 74 ff
Hopefully that helps with some ideas.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
Howdy.... Loooooooooonnnnnnnnng time lurker here.
This is my attempt at something curvy. You might like it:
This site is under development for an entirely different project I am
working on... Although it may seem a shameless plug, it is just a
convenient place to put a couple pictures. The JobSmacker stuff is a
LONG way from being ready... so just ignore it. My Apache config is
set up for about a half dozen simultaneous users right now, so if the
link pukes, please wait a minute or two and wander back.
The shelf was born from me being sick of rectangles rectangles
rectangles... After 6 months, it is doing very well... but cable
management needs to be tackled sometime soon. :)
A pair of 1X3 oak strips were dado'd to accept the quarter-circle
shelf (3/4" oak ply)... the 1X3 strips were screwed into the shelf,
then the strips had enough "meat" above and below the shelf to tie
into the wall studs. There was another longish 1X3 that I kerf bent
for wrapping around the front, and then dado'd to accept the curved
quarter circle shelf. I glued and screwed it in place, then added a
thin oak strip along the front to hide the screws as well as help the
shelf appear less bulky. The thin strip is what you see stained a
The uprights are a pair of Hogarth Curves... fatter at the top and
bottom than in the middle. The line was laid out in my simple CAD
program, and then printed out on a dozen sheets of paper which I
"pasted" together to transfer the pattern onto the oak ply.
I used Birch ply for the shelves themselves, fitting them into dado's
that were quite a challenge to cut on my tablesaw, since I don't have
much in the way of an outfeed table. I have a really good fence, and
referenced all the shelf dado's off of the feet of the uprights.
I made 4 more long oak strips to "face" the upright plywood, and it
makes the whole upright look like solid wood. The strips were a
little thicker, and I hand sanded a round profile on them which helps
them look thinner than they actually are. The strips do well to hide
the fronts of all the dados. They are just glued on, but I used a
dozen clamps to get them to adhere to the curved profile.
I then cut more oak strips for the plywood shelf faces, stained them
to match the horizontal quarter-circle shelf strip above them to sort
of tie it all together. I then wood glued, and used brass escutcheon
pins to attach the shelf facings for a nice touch.
I struggled a long time over whether or not to use through tenons for
the shelf sides... but I like the clean look the way it turned out.
After 6 months worth of mini-earthquakes here in Anchorage, all seems
to be well. The TV is 4-5 years old, and I can't really afford a nice
LCD/Plasma yet... but that sucker must weigh a couple hundred
pounds. I am no slouch, but it just about kicked my butt to get that
thing perched up there, and my shelf didn't whine or whimper NEARLY as
much as I did. I forget just how big that TV is... but I think it is
a 35 incher or thereabouts...
Thanks to everyone at the Wreck for inspirations past and present.
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