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DIY TV Console in 10 Simple Steps

When we moved from NY to NC we left 99% of our furniture and decided to start fresh. Our first purchases were the necessities like beds, dining set, couches & televisions. We lived in an apartment for almost a year before moving into the house and after watching a television on top of a Christmas tree box for 6 months, I just knew my first build would have to be a TV console. After searching online I found these plans for a beautiful DIY Farmhouse Console Table design from Shanty 2 Chic and I had to try it out.

See below how I was able to accomplish this look in 10 simple steps!

1.Planning: Find your project designer or create your own. Helped me to determine wood type, size & amount, other materials needed and total project cost.

2.Measure & Cutting: I used my @ryobitoolsusa miter saw, but a circular saw can also do the job, to cut wood down to desired lengths based on the project design.

3. Ripping: I was going for a straight edge look so I needed to “rip” or cut the curved edge off each side. Check out my “Ripping Wood tips” video for more details on ripping and cutting wood.

4. Examine & Sand: I examined the wood and played around with the pieces to see which ones fit better together. It also helps to label them so I know what goes where. I then decided which pieces would face outwards and inwards and sanded to make it smooth and get rid of any imperfections.

5. Pocket Holes: This is a great and inconspicuous way to join your wood without having to see the screws or fill in the holes they make. I used my Kreg 720 Pocket Hole Jig Pro to place them on all my pieces, at one time, to make the joining process seamless. My pocket holes were going to be facing the ground on all of my wood pieces.

6. Glue & Screw Top: I used Titebond Wood Glue to glue my pieces and joined them with Kreg Jig 1 ¼ pocket screws. The 720 Pro came with 3” and 6” driver bits which made this process quick. Also, because I had already labeled my wood pieces I knew what pieces to join together.

7. Glue & Screw Bottom: I found the center of the bottom board and measured 2.5 inches from each side to ensure my small 5 inch pieces were placed properly. I then glued each side and used clamps to hold in place as I screwed everything together.

8. Glue & Screw Legs and Trim: the bottom piece was too long for a clamp so I screwed my legs in most of the way on each side and then ensured it was even before securing my screws. I then turned it over and screwed my legs into the console top. I turned it back over to add the trim but had to make some cut adjustments to the trim pieces to help them join better and decrease gaps.

9. Examine & Fix Imperfections: After adding the trim I noticed gaps and unevenness in the trim and console top. I used Timbermate wood filler to close the gaps and used my @ryobitoolsusa planner to even out the wood. If you don’t have a planner you can use a sander with a low grit and then go up to smooth out the wood.

10. Stain & Placement: I stained it with Rustoleum Stain + Polyurethane in shade Provincial but realized it was too light for the flooring so I added one layer of the Carbon Gray shade and it was a perfect blend


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