How to make a D.I.Y. TV table

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How to make a D.I.Y. TV table

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Project Overview

Enjoying a snack in front of your favourite TV show can be a guilty pleasure but it doesn’t have to be a messy one. We’ll show you how easy it is to make your own stable TV table that you can use anywhere you like. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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How to prevent bolts and nuts from loosening

Nuts and bolts are a great way to fasten timber but over time they can loosen. You can easily fix this problem with just a bit of nail polish. Simply unscrew the nut and apply some nail polish to the end of the bolt. Then screw the nut back on before it dries. Once it does dry, the nut will hold fast for good.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Sand and stain the top
3 Make the legs
4 Join the legs to the cross-supports
5 Fix the legs to the top
6 Join the legs together
7 Polish the legs
8 TV time
  • Step 1. Cut your timber

    To make this project easier, we had the ply pre-cut at Bunnings. We had our 19mm ply cut to 500mm x 450mm. 

  • Step 2. Sand and stain the top

    Sand the tabletop with 120–160 grit sandpaper to remove any imperfections. You can paint it any colour you like. We painted ours with Japan Black. When it’s dry, lightly sand and then coat with clear varnish.

  • Step 3. Make the legs

    Measure and mark the copper pipe in four equal lengths to make the legs. Use a pipe cutter to cut them to size. To do this, place the cutter on the pipe and adjust until you feel it biting on the pipe. Tighten a few turns then rotate the cutter around the pipe. Tighten and repeat until the pipe is cut. Measure and cut the two cross-supports for the legs in the same way.

  • Step 4. Join the legs to the cross-supports

    Crimp an elbow joint to one end of each of the legs. If you don’t have a crimping tool, you can use glue instead. Make sure the join is firm. Then place the cross-support pipes into the open sockets of the elbows and crimp (or glue), making sure they are firm too. Fix the leg end caps in place and crimp (or glue).

  • Step 5. Fix the legs to the top

    Take the saddle clips and remove the nail. Use your drill to enlarge the nail hole so that it can fit the screw. Place the first pair of legs into position. Pre-drill a hole, use a screwdriver to tighten the screws into the saddle clip. Repeat this to secure both legs.

  • Step 6. Join the legs together

    Find the pivot point on the legs by bringing them together and marking where they meet in the middle. Use masking tape to hold the legs in position. Drill a hole through the legs. Fix them together with nuts and bolts.

  • Step 7. Polish the legs

    You can polish the copper legs of the table using a rag and some Brasso.

  • Step 8. TV time

    Now your TV table is complete and it’s time to reward yourself. Kick back with something to eat, a drink and enjoy your favourite shows.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • 20mm pipe cutter and de-burring device
  • Cordless drill with phillips head bit and twist bits
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Power sander
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves

Materials

  • 120mm x 596mm x 18mm plywood
  • .75” x 1.5m copper pipe x 4
  • 50mm dome headed bolts with washers and nuts x 2
  • 20mm copper pipe fittings
  • 20mm conduit clips x 4
  • 90-degree elbow joints x 4
  • Clear polyurethane
  • Countersunk timber screws x 4
  • Disposable gloves
  • End caps x 4
  • Interior timber stain
  • Interior timber varnish
  • Metal polish
  • Polishing cloths and rags
  • Screws

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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