Improved Television Stand
My daughter bought a new 55" television and it didn't fit on her existing TV stand.
The existing stand is really nice and she didn't want to buy a new stand so I had to make it work.
Step 1: Extending the top
After measuring the width of the new television, I purchased a piece of pine that was 3/4" x 16" x 48". This would give her a few inches on either side.
Step 2: Edges
I could have attached the pine to the top of the stand and called it a day but I wanted to finish it so I purchased 1/4" wooden trim for the edges.
Step 3: Measure
To assure the measurements were correct, I placed the piece of trim along the edge of the board and marked the measurement instead of using a tape measure.
Step 4: Cut
Using a miter saw, I cut all of the trim pieces to size on a 45 degree angle.
Step 5: Nail
I pre-nailed wire brad to the trim pieces before placing them onto the pine board.
Step 6: Wood glue
I applied wood glue to each edge of the pine board before I nailed the trim.
Step 7: Attach trim
I lined up the trim board and nailed to to the pine board.
I followed Steps 3 - 7 for the two shorts sides and the long front. I didn't put trim onto the back of the board since that would be facing the wall.
Step 8: Measure
Once the trim was attached, I measure the overhang of the pine board on the TV stand making sure it was centered.
Step 9: Attach the top
A - I drilled two holes into the pine board
B - I used a larger drill bit counter sink or make sure the heads of the screws were below the board. I only drilled down about 1/8" with this bigger bit.
C - I screwed the boards fast to the TV stand.
Step 10 A&B: Fill holes
A - I used wood fill to fill the screw holes
B - and the mitered corners
Step 11 C: Sand
Once the wood fill was dry, I sanded it smooth and removed any dust with a soft cloth.
Step 12: Stain
I stained the new top with Minwax stain with polyurethane in "Espresso".
Step 13: Attach to wall
To insure the stand wouldn't fall over, I attached it to the wall.
1 - I used one furniture strap
2 - I measured the back of the stand
3 - and attached one end of the strap to the stand following the manufacture's directions
4 - I attached the other end of the strap to the wall
5 - I pulled the strap to shorten it, bringing the stand close to the wall
6 - until the stand was about 6" from the wall
Now my daughter can watch her new HUGE television and be confident that it fits safely on her TV stand.
- Pine board (Lowe's)
- Furniture straps (Lowe's)
- Screws & wire brads (Lowe's)