A big TV needs a big stand

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
By Don and Dave Runyan Published: March 26, 2012

Now that big, flat-panel TVs have become more affordable, more and more people are able to enjoy the benefits of the technology. While some may choose to hang the TV on the wall, for many this kind of permanent installation isn't practical. This handsome, do-it-yourself television stand provides a convenient, attractive and affordable solution.

Designed with today's TVs in mind, the project's wide, relatively shallow footprint gives it the versatility to fit almost anywhere. An open bay provides a place for video components, and two big drawers hold DVDs or game cartridges. Made from maple (as pictured; other species will work), the project looks more like fine furniture than a typical media stand.

It's also easy enough for most woodworkers — all the cuts are straight and the plan includes a full-size pattern for the angle on the legs. To build, simply cut everything to size, sand and assemble using glue and nails. Once it's assembled, apply finish of choice, install the drawers and settle back with the remote.

The television stand measures about 46 inches wide by 24 inches tall by 24 inches deep.

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