TV Wall Cabinet Shelf Console Thingie.Monday, January 11, 2016
I can only imagine what it might feel like, ya know, to be a good carpenter. To know your sh*t, got it all together, you can count on yourself, your math, ya got a swagger groovin', screw guns a-blazin' in side holsters. Must feel good.
Ok, I admit, I'm getting better but by no stretch of the imagination would I say I'm "good" at it. Hopefully one day....goals. Right? Right.
|What is that...is that....is that OSB??|
|Oh yeah, so embarrassed to show you this "before." What a wreck.|
The issues? Heh.
Firstly, its depth is too short for the darn Huge cable box and Mike's game console. To get the cords behind and through to the power strip below, yep, can't have the shelf all the way against the wall. And even then, the cable box and game console hang over. Still. Plus the shelf keeps inching away from the wall.
Secondly, the shelf acquires things. Pile ups of candles and stuff and junk. As we know, I am no fan of surfaces acquiring things. Sigh and boo.
The worst offender? The cable catcher thingie underneath holding the power strip and excess cable lengths and gack and who knows what. Bleech. Completely ruined the whole effect of a clean simple shelf. My hopes and wishes and dreams utterly eighty-sixed.
No worries, I'm packin' power tools.
The whole mess really snagged my eye the other day. Man, that thing has gotten Out.Of.Control, said brain. Fortuitously, and thankfully, an Ikea email crossed my inbox with inspiration that very same moment and hm, chin scratch, the quest was on.
First was drawing up the idea, figuring it out, planning, scheming, figuring functionality, laying out cuts, deciding materials and its finished look. Magically the design coasted easily out of my noggin through to the computer screen.
Goals: hide the cable outlet, hide the electrical outlet, hide the grommet out with the cables and cords, hide the power strip, dammit hide everything!, so height dimensions were key.
|How do I manage life sans table saw? Easy. Like this and with all fingers unbroken.|
Why OSB? Did she say OSB? Ratty, busy, splintery, plain ol' humdrum oriented strand board??
Several reasons. One, of course, it's inexpensive. Two, it has texture, pattern, visual variety, and it's still wood. Three, to use the aesthetic, if you will, of an oft overlooked material. Four, I knew in this context it wouldn't appear as plain ol' construction throwaway yicky OSB but as a modern material instead.
Tag says it's $12.98. I get to the register and she rings it as $13.08. Despite the photo of the price. Right in front of her face.
Normally I'd make mention but the line was looong, grumpy people, it was mere ten cents. Cutting went up to fifty cents from a quarter, and now only the first two cuts are free. Or was it always two? I thought it was four. Ah Home Depot.
Anywhooooo.....Whatev's. Got my wood, headed to Menards to get the rest.
Precut wood sure makes for speedier assembly all right. And easier to maneuver through a yard filled with wanky treacherous frozen footprints into the house then down to the basement. Full sheet of 3/4" OSB by myself? Nuh uh.
Sides went on jiffy quick after trimming those to size.
|Da sides. I used my countersink pilot hole bit to bury the screws, fyi.|
|There's the 1x2 support, screwed in from the inside. Uh huh.|
|Aaaannd the shelf on top of the support.|
|Dividers slash supports.|
|Ta da! And hey, look who showed up, Mr. Work Checker! "Hi Mommy, s'up, whatcha doin'?"|
|These are on either side of the centered upper support and over the middle compartment area where all the cords, cables, power strip, junk and mess is going to go.|
I plowed forward though, unsmartly determined. No, I didn't hurt myself but I know better. Snacks and water, important.
I cut the MDF doors, drilled out finger holes, slathered on three coats of white paint, left it all to dry, got snack and water.
|Doors. Cut and finger holed. Yep.|
Ok, so yes, it was a challenge to get the thing upstairs, heh. In the basement I tried to carry it. Got to the base of the stair. Nope, not gonna happen. Hm. I ended up dragging it up the stairs. Yes, dragging it, then flipping it end over end to the TV wall. Don't ever tell me I can't do something, heh, I will find a way!
Paint cans and two scraps of 2x4 per can ended up being the exact perfect height I needed to prop this puppy up. Exact. Amazing! Good thing I bought lottery tickets earlier; I'm rarely that lucky.
Couldn't find any studs in the wall where I needed them of course so I drilled holes into the mounting supports through into the wall.
|Doh!! Figures I'd put in a mounting support and it'd end up right over the cables grommet. I had to move the support.|
Quite sturdy actually, despite the wall being bowed. Yes, the wall is bowed. How does.....??.....aw jeez never mind.
Lastly were the doors. I hadn't attached them prior as I didn't want to be arguing with them while attaching the whole thing to the wall.
Fits and starts, fits and starts, issues with little hinges, Iiiii dunno, stuff and junk.
|Is there a hair pulling 80's music montage?|
My initial goal was to not see the hinges at all. Well, that was a goal unmet. Eventually I came to the realization that the hinges would have to be seen so I propped the doors in place, called done-for-the-night. Next morning I ran back to the store to get more visually appealing hinges.
Clear headed, pre-snacked and pre-watered, I wrapped it all up. And it's cool! Yay! I'm really excited about it. I've never ever built anything like it and wham, there it is!
|Yeah, who's got it, yeah, who's got it? Me, I got it!|
- one sheet, 4'x8'x 3/4" OSB
- one sheet, 2'x4'x 1/2" MDF, the doors
- 1.5" zinc plated hinges*
Total: excluding round one of failed hinge attempt and tax...$27.90. Wow. Cheap!! Heh, I'm stupefied! Ha! Nice.
After the thing was up, I schmeared the OSB in Howard Feed-n-Wax,* edges included. It deepened the wood and gave it a nice finish. A second, maybe third coat will be in order indeed.
|Oh yeah! Finn, ever the supervisor looking so blasé in the corner. Goofball.|
"Buh duh buh uh duh dizzzzz buh duh huh??!" Glance of incredulousness shot my way. "You just do things."
|Yes, I drilled a hole underneath so the lamp could plug in. Mmm hmm, look at me! Yes, I used the hole saw kit this time.|
Staring at it bewildered from the couch later that evening I said, "huh, wow, I can't believe I built that." Mike said, "wow, neither can I. It's the best thing you've done for us, well, maybe aside from the pantry floor but I love it." Whewwwww! And awwww!!!
I like it too. As always, it takes some getting used to, a new piece, especially when it's on the larger side. But hey, an Ikea knock-off, a custom design for under thirty bucks, less than Ikea?!? Can't beat that! Check and mark.
*The screw in wall anchors, hinges, and Feed-n-Wax are Amazon affiliate links. Mwah, thanks! Please see the "boring stuff" tab for more info.