How to build a shelf for a DVD player

Written by katherine harder
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How to build a shelf for a DVD player
Custom-build a shelf for your DVD player. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If your home entertainment centre has no place for your DVD player, or you have a wall-mounted flat-screen TV, you will need to create a space to hold your player, unless you want to store it and hook it up every time you want to watch a DVD. Because DVD players are usually lightweight, you can use 1-inch pine to custom-build an inexpensive shelf to hold your device.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 1-inch-thick pine sheet
  • Pencil
  • Table saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Jigsaw
  • Paint or stain
  • Paint tray
  • Paintbrush
  • Power drill with bits
  • One wood screw, 2-inch
  • Two wood screws, 1 1/2-inch

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  1. 1

    Measure your DVD player's bottom. You'll want your shelf to be just slightly larger than the DVD player. Add an inch to your length and width measurements. For example, if your player's bottom was 10 inches long and 8 inches wide, your final shelf dimensions would be 11 inches by 9 inches.

  2. 2

    Cut your shelf out of your pine sheet, using the final dimensions calculated. You can cut out your shelf using a handsaw, but the shelf will have more exact edges and look better if you use a table saw.

  3. 3

    Sand your edges using a medium-grit sandpaper. Mark a 1-by-1-inch square at the back edge of your shelf. Draw this box about an inch inside from the right or left side of your shelf.

  4. 4

    Cut this small hole out of the back of your shelf with your jigsaw. If you don't have a jigsaw, you could create this hole by drilling multiple large-circumference holes inside the square you drew, and then cutting away remaining wood pieces with a very small handsaw. This is the hole through which you'll string your DVD player's cords.

  5. 5

    Paint or stain your shelf. Use multiple coats if necessary. Finish your shelf with a coat of polyurethane if your paint or stain didn't include a sealant. Allow the shelf to dry before installing it against the wall.

  6. 6

    Hold your stud finder against the wall, allowing it to calibrate for your wall's thickness, and then move it along the wall around the area where you'd like to install your shelf. Lightly mark the location of the stud to which you'll attach your shelf.

  7. 7

    Trim a scrap piece from your remaining pine sheet material to about 3 to 4 inches shorter than your shelf's length, ¾ of an inch wide and ¾ of an inch thick. Drill a pilot hole through the front centre of the thin scrap, which you will install against the wall lengthwise. Drill another two pilot holes about 2 inches on either side of the first pilot hole. Drill these two holes on the top of your scrap.

  8. 8

    Line up the scrap with the back edge of your shelf. Transfer the locations of your top two pilot holes on the scrap piece to the shelf's back edge. Drill pilot holes through the top back edge of the shelf. These holes should line up exactly with the scrap's top two pilot holes.

  9. 9

    Screw the scrap piece to the stud you earlier marked. Before screwing, make sure your piece is even by checking it with a level. Use a 2-inch wood screw through the front centre pilot hole. Place the shelf over the scrap. Line up your pilot holes.

  10. 10

    Attach the shelf to the scrap piece with 1½-inch wood screws, going through the pilot holes. The diameters of your screws should be slightly larger than the diameters of your pilot holes.

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