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Overview

If you like the industrial look, then you'll love the mix of wood and black metal in this industrial wooden TV unit. It's an easy unit to make, can be conveniently moved around on wheels and gives you great looking storage space for your lounge room.

Steps

1Cut the timber to size

To make this project easier, you can have your timber pre-cut to size at your local Bunnings. We had the hardwood cut into 6 lengths of 240mm x 45mm x 1500mm.

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2Plane the timber

For the TV unit width, you'll need to join two pieces of 240mm x 45mm x 1500mm timber together. So the joins fit together neatly and squarely, give the long edges a plane. When using the plane don't take too much off at once. Repeat the process for the other pieces of timber.

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3Join the timber together

To join the timber, apply glue to the edges. Then tightly clamp them together. Make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions on the glue's label for the drying period. Repeat the process to make the two other shelves.

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4Chisel and sand the timber

Use a chisel to remove any excess dried glue where you've joined the shelves. Then give the shelves a sand to smooth them with a belt sander. Start with 80 grit sandpaper and then use 240 grit for a fine finish.

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5Measure and mark for the flanges

The supports for the shelves are made from galvanised pipe and flanges.  Starting with the bottom shelf, measure and mark for the flanges. We used six flanges on each shelf. Position them 15mm from both edges and in the centre.  Pre-drill using a 7mm drill bit. You'll then need to do this for each shelf.

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6Measure and mark for the castors

On the bottom shelf, mark and pre-drill for the six castors, which will be fixed to the underside of the bottom shelf. Make sure you offset the castors and leave room to screw in the flanges. Our castors were 10mm from the external corners and the centre. Pre-drill these from the top down. 

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7Finish off the shelves

Once you've finished drilling, sand back any rough edges with the orbital sander. Then finish the shelves with a natural wax, which seals the timber and brings out its natural grain. Let the timber cure.

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8Spray paint the fittings

To create the industrial look, you can spray paint all of the fittings black. Leave them to dry, applying as many coats as necessary. When spray painting always work in a well ventilated area and use the appropriate safety gear. 

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9Countersink for the bolts

You need to countersink the holes for the flanges on the underside of the bottom shelf. This will ensure the castor plates are flush with the wood.

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10Attach the flanges to the first shelf

Attach the flanges to the bottom shelf with a socket wrench. Screw the upright 250mm galvanised pipe into the flanges. Then attach another flange to the top of the threaded rod. You'll need to do this six times for this shelf.

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11Attach the second shelf

Place the second shelf on top of the flanges and screw flanges to the top of the shelf using the 75mm bolts and nuts. Then secure the shelf by screwing your flanges in from the bottom up. Once the top flanges are in, screw in a 125mm galvanised pipe, and put more flanges on top. A good tip is to cut the bolts off with an angle grinder for a nicer finish.

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12Attach the top shelf

Place top shelf on top and screw the nuts straight down and into the flange underneath with 75mm bolts and nuts. Fix in and screw in the 50mm bolts from underneath. Hammer in the bolt so that it sits flush with the unit top or you could countersink these bolts for a nice finish.

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13Attach the castors

Fix four castors onto the underside of the base. Put the 50mm bolt through from the top side, and screw in the nut underneath to secure.

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14Sit back and relax

Now it's time to move the TV unit into your lounge room. Turn the TV on and relax in front of your favourite show.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.