Tossing up between enjoying the outdoors and catching your favourite sports? This TV cabinet is just for you! It’s on castors so when the action’s heating up and you want to head for the deck, you can simply roll it out with you. It’s made from sturdy hardwood panels and, as all the pieces are joined using dowels, there’s not a screw in sight.
Gather your supplies:
• Side (2) 245 x 245mm acacia panel
• Back 1400 x 245mm acacia panel
• Divider 245 x 219mm acacia panel
• Top 1550 x 360mm acacia panel
• Bottom 1650 x 410mm acacia panel
• 75mm clear castors (4)
• 25mm button head screws
You’ll also need:
Clamp; straightedge; power saw; tape measure; drill; 8mm dowel drill; PVA glue; 8mm dowels; hammer; paintbrush; cloths; walnut stain
Notes: 1. All components are cut from two 2200 x 600 x 26mm acacia panels. 2. Take care with dowel holes on each piece. It’s crucial they line up. 3. When drilling dowel holes, make sure drill is vertical. Set stopper to be 22mm deep for edge holes and 20mm for face holes.
Cut components out of acacia panels. Clamp straightedge to panels as a guide for power saw, making sure saw blade is on the cutting line.
Mark position of dowels in 1 ‘side’ piece. In centre of 1 edge, mark points 30mm from each corner. Repeat for opposite edge. On roughest face, draw a line parallel to 1 of the undrilled edges and 13mm from it. Along this line mark points 30mm from each drilled edge. Drill dowel holes at all points. Repeat for second side.
Mark position of dowels for ‘back’. In centre of all edges, mark points 30mm from each corner. On each long edge mark 2 more points 477mm from each corner. On best face draw a line across middle of board. Mark points along this line 30mm from each long edge. Drill holes at these points.
For the ‘divider’, in centre of both short edges and 1 long edge mark points 30mm from each corner. Drill holes at these points.
Glue dowels in holes on face of a ‘side’. Spread glue on face between dowels. Insert glue into holes on 1 short edge of back. Align dowels in side with holes on back. Press together so joint is tight. Repeat for side at other end of back.
Glue dowels in holes on long edge of divider and spread glue along this edge. Insert glue into holes in face of back and align dowels with holes and join.
Mark out ‘top’ for dowels. With best face of panel down, draw a line parallel to back edge 73mm from it. Along this line mark points 105mm and 552mm from each end. Draw lines across panel 62mm from each end and in middle. Working from back edge, mark points 90mm and 275mm along lines near ends and 116mm and 275mm along middle line. Drill holes at all these points.
Glue dowels into all edge holes on 1 side of the back assembly and spread glue along edges. Insert glue into holes on top panel and bring back assembly down so dowels go into these holes. Use hammer to tap it down to get joint tight. Clamp and leave to dry.
Set out bottom panel for dowels. With good face up, draw a line parallel to back edge 73mm from it. Along this line mark 2 points 155mm and 602mm from each end. Draw lines across panel 102mm from each end and in the middle. Working from back edge of panel, mark points 90mm and 275mm along lines near ends and 116mm and 275mm along middle line. Drill holes at these points.
Glue dowels into all edge holes of back assembly. Spread glue along edges and over exposed part of dowel. Lift bottom over back assembly and align holes in bottom with dowels. Tap bottom to get joint tight and clamp. Leave to dry.
Screw castors to corners of bottom using 25mm button head screws.
Using cloths, apply walnut stain to cut edges of cabinet. Leave to dry.