I built a TV stand some time ago and it's served me alright, but I need to build a new one a little smaller (height requirements) and a bit sturdier (first one was mostly melamine mdf and L brackets, it's pretty sleek though if I do say so myself.)
I want to do something similar to this image, with a heavy/solid kind of wood. It looks kind of hilarious, but sort of practical, and simple enough to build. I don't know anything about wood though. I don't want to spend too much time talking to people at the hardware store, so I'd like an idea of what sort of things I'd need.
Is this the sort of thing you would glue together? Or should I probably pick up screws and I guess wood filler too. I also can't decide if I want to stain it or paint it. Definitely not white though.
I'm going to need at least two inches thick or so, looks like. I'm not seeing too many of those though, mostly 2x4s and 2x8s, and this stand is more like a foot deep at least.
Assuming I don't find more stock at the actual store, would I just be glueing two boards side by side?
Why not use biscuits? Pretty easy and strong.
No biscuit cutter, could use dowels I guess though.
Mostly I just like the look, though I'm sure most of the picture I posted is some hollow composite board.
But I feel like thicker solid wood would have a lot more, like, side to side rigidity at the joints, which is what I'm more worried about than.. compression? I'm not much of an engineer. But anyway the TV isn't actually going on the stand and my equipment probably weighs less than 20 lbs.
For looks, you can do what you want. Nothing less than 3/4" thick, MDF to hardwood would work. Basic glue and screw butt joints will hold.
You can even put 2x at the back of the cavities where it sit flush with the wall, screw the 2x in good to the shelving unit and bolt the whole thing to studs in the wall and have it off the floor. That's how my desk is right now. I got bored and cut the bottom half off the desk and mounted it to the wall. Sticks out 19" and holds far more than 20 lbs.