How to Make a Wood TV Stand

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How to Make a Wood TV Stand
Flat-screen TVs are often too wide for old-fashioned TV stands. (tv control and tv 3 image by chrisharvey from

Old TV stands are often too narrow for flat-screen TVs, so make a wood TV stand to custom-fit your modern TV. With a woodworking technique that uses dowels in place of screws, you can make a chic TV table that costs a fraction of store-bought furniture.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • 2 hardwood boards, 2-by-48-by-20 inches
  • 3 hardwood boards, 2-by-16-by-20 inches
  • Denatured alcohol or solvent
  • 12 wood dowels, 2 inches
  • Drill
  • Painters tape
  • Glue
  • Plywood scrap
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Paint or stain

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  1. 1

    Wipe the hardwood boards with denatured alcohol or solvent to create the temporary illusion of a finished surface. Choose the sides that look best for facing outward on your TV stand.

  2. 2

    Stick painters tape on your drill bit, 1 inch from the end, to create a drill-stop flag. Lay the 48-inch-long boards, which will be the top and bottom of the TV stand, wrong side down. Drill a dowel hole in each corner of each board, 1/2 inch from the edges. When you see the drill-stop flag sweeping sawdust, you'll know that you've drilled 1/2-inch-deep holes, and you can stop drilling.

  3. 3

    Drill two additional dowel holes at the centres of the same hardwood boards to allow for added support at the centre of your TV stand. Position these supporting dowel holes 1/2 inch from the sides, in line with the corner holes, at the centre of each long side of the boards.

  4. 4

    Squirt a little glue into the six dowel hole in the top section of the TV stand, then hammer the dowels in. Wipe any excess glue that squirts out. Repeat this step for the six dowel holes in the bottom section of the TV stand.

  5. 5

    Position one of the smaller hardwood boards at a right angle over the protruding dowels on the bottom of the TV stand to prepare the first side section. Make sure the 2-inch side is facing down, with the 20-inch sides of the large and small boards aligning together. Mark where the corresponding two dowel holes should be drilled at the bottom of the small board. Drill the two holes, then repeat this step for the top of the small board by aligning it with the dowels in the top section of the TV stand. Repeat this step for the other two small boards, which will be the side and centre supports of your TV stand.

  6. 6

    Squirt glue in the two dowel holes of one of the side boards. Press down over the side dowels in the bottom piece of the TV stand, and use a hammer to secure. Repeat with the centre board and other side board.

  7. 7

    Place the TV stand top over the workpiece with the pre-inserted dowels corresponding to the holes drilled in the upright small boards. Squirt glue into the holes, then press the TV top into place. Place a small piece of plywood on top of the TV stand top to protect it, then hammer on top of that to push the dowels firmly into place.

  8. 8

    Sand the TV stand with 220-grit sandpaper to eliminate elevation changes or glue residue. Stain or finish with shellac or lacquer for an elegant wood TV stand. Or spray paint with stainless steel paint for an industrial TV table.

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