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« on: December 02, 2007 11:17:24 PM »

We have had this tv unit for a while, it used to have a top and side bit too but that part was really unsteady (el-cheapo flat pack  Angry). Plus, in our last move we only removed the top for ease of removal and kind of lost all the flat pack fixtures  Embarrassed.

I still had all the spare wood (Hi my name is Eve, and I'm a hoarder) which has already become a small computer printer table. I really wanted a corner unit since our lounge suite is quite large and I need all the space I can get. I didn't want to pay $500 + for a store-bought one and this close to Christmas my meagre funds are shrinking fast. So I thought 'why not cut into a perfectly good tv unit to hopefully make something stable enough to hold my coffee?'.... and I did.

Before: long and space consuming, plus I really don't use the cd holders and with everything low down, my new-to-crawling son loves hitting the buttons.


After: I cut off either side, angled the two rear corners to make the corner-fit, added the sides and top, screwed in the former adjustable shelf and added a door.


I removed the cd racks so I can keep some of our dvds in those parts. I reused the old fixtures including the door hinge and knob. The only thing I used from my stash was some wood screws, so the whole thing cost me nothing.

You can see how each side is in two parts - straight side and angled side - this helps keep it all stable. Unfortunately I could not re-use the iron on edging but at least all the front has finished edges.

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Holds up nicely thank you and no more easy access to the stereo for my little monster (don't worry, those dvds are squished in pretty good  Grin )

I even dug up the original feet which we had never fitted and added them so the tv sits up over the edge of the lounge chair arms.

This project was nearly submitted for the 'Super ugly to super awesome' challenge but I posted this one instead.

Please note - the only power tool I had was a drill, this is totally hand-sawn, and very straight I might add! I could barely move my right arm the next day but it was worth it. I had to saw across the width and length of the existing pieces to get the fit I wanted.

What I learnt: I need to learn to become ambidextrous
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2007 11:36:43 PM »

Absolutely brilliant!
You have inspired me to attack my tv table and redesign it in to something more usable and pretty (it is really ugly  Embarrassed )
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2007 11:52:08 AM »

This is awesome!! I would have never guessed that you made that if I hadn't read the whole thing!!  Amazing! You are very talented!
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2007 02:33:19 PM »

KEWL! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2007 11:12:07 AM »

What a fantastic re-do!!!
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2007 01:25:37 PM »

You are SUPER AWESOME!  I am amazed at the transformation.  I never would've guessed that the new piece was made out of the old one.  The fact that you spent almost 0 money and just used basic tools is amazing as well.  Now I'll be eyeing my furniture and seeing the possibilities!
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2008 04:01:39 PM »

This turned out great! I love that you didn't have to buy anything extra. Another idea you may want to use, since it looks as if those cubby holes for the DVDs is tall enough, You can take your DVDs out of the boxes and put them in an album for CDs. I did this and was able to shove oh, I'd say easily 100 DVDs into a very small space.
Not an original idea. I have a friend who thought of this one! Grin
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2008 06:37:33 AM »

We have had this tv unit for a while, it used to have a top and side bit too but that part was really unsteady (el-cheapo flat pack  Angry). Plus, in our last move we only removed the top for ease of removal and kind of lost all the flat pack fixtures  Embarrassed.

I still had all the spare wood (Hi my name is Eve, and I'm a hoarder) which has already become a small computer printer table. I really wanted a corner unit since our lounge suite is quite large and I need all the space I can get. I didn't want to pay $500 + for a store-bought one and this close to Christmas my meagre funds are shrinking fast. So I thought 'why not cut into a perfectly good tv unit to hopefully make something stable enough to hold my coffee?'.... and I did.

Before: long and space consuming, plus I really don't use the cd holders and with everything low down, my new-to-crawling son loves hitting the buttons.

After: I cut off either side, angled the two rear corners to make the corner-fit, added the sides and top, screwed in the former adjustable shelf and added a door.

I removed the cd racks so I can keep some of our dvds in those parts. I reused the old fixtures including the door hinge and knob. The only thing I used from my stash was some wood screws, so the whole thing cost me nothing.

You can see how each side is in two parts - straight side and angled side - this helps keep it all stable. Unfortunately I could not re-use the iron on edging but at least all the front has finished edges.

Action shot:
Holds up nicely thank you and no more easy access to the stereo for my little monster (don't worry, those dvds are squished in pretty good  Grin )

I even dug up the original feet which we had never fitted and added them so the tv sits up over the edge of the lounge chair arms.

This project was nearly submitted for the 'Super ugly to super awesome' challenge but I posted this one instead.

Please note - the only power tool I had was a drill, this is totally hand-sawn, and very straight I might add! I could barely move my right arm the next day but it was worth it. I had to saw across the width and length of the existing pieces to get the fit I wanted.

What I learnt: I need to learn to become ambidextrous

okay someone hold the presses! are you saying that the two side sections made up the top? Oh man, I like that! I also have a low type tv stand not even as nice as yours! mostly shelves which nothing can be stored in. TV sits on top, books get pushed backwards, etc., etc. A very annoying piece of furniture. Can it even be called that? My hubby has plans of "making something new" for the tv, books, cds, dvds, videos (I still love my vids!) and so on. Will he ever get to it? Stay tuned! Anyways, now I am seeing the possiblites for that hidous thang. Maybe some sort of desk, or sewing, knitting, crochet storage. Don't know but its gonna be mine! I get the toss offs that is if I can convince him not to them out!

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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2008 06:40:43 AM »

oops I mean "I get the toss offs if I can convince him not to throw them out". lol
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2008 03:14:44 AM »

Thanks for all the lovely replies!

roundhouseknitter, the sides are actually made up from the old top it had, but I didn't have attached cause the whole thing was just tooo unsteady

This was honestly a project of practicality vs budget constraints. I had a few more complex designs originally but decided to stick with the original base structure as much as possible so it would be sturdy.

craftewoman, if I wasn't such a sucker for the lovely covers I would!  Grin

I spent nothing on it and dramatically reduces my stash of flat-pack pieces that were taking up my tiny shed. And as of now, it is still holding up nicely.

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