Simple TV table with bookshelves

At first I wanted to make a bookcase with several cells that would be hung on the wall. But after I made the first cell and realized how heavy the books would be, I decided to think about another way to solve the problem. So I came up with the idea of ​​creating a TV table with bookshelves.

What do you need to make a table

  • 9 mm plywood.

  • 20 mm pine board.

  • Clamps.

  • Ruler.

  • Ruler with a right angle.

  • Roulette.

  • Paper for notes.

  • Pencil and eraser.

  • Jigsaw.

  • Glue on wood.

  • Hard putty on wood.

  • Putty knife.

  • Stain.

  • Lacquer.

  • Corners.

  • Wood screws.

  • Cordless screwdriver.

Sizing a table and shelves

Sort your books by height and try to make stacks of the same height from them. Determine the approximate shelf sizes that will fit your books. My stacks averaged 24 cm high.

Naturally, books come in various shapes and sizes. Now you need to decide whether to make the cells the same size or different, but remember that the sides of the case must be the same size.

For a better view of the table, sketch (three-dimensional). I also found that it is most convenient to draw panels into which you need to cut a sheet of plywood. Each separately, indicating the dimensions of the sides. In general, you will need 5 panels.

The back should completely cover the shelves along with the joints. Given the thickness of the plywood, I added an extra 9 mm to the height of the back.

We saw plywood

Now that all the dimensions have been calculated, we take a sheet of plywood 9 mm thick and draw the cut lines. I found it easier to draw and cut panels one by one than to immediately draw all the lines and only then start cutting. Since the blade of my jigsaw is about 1 mm thick, and if no extra spaces are made between the lines, about 1 mm will be lost on each cut.

You can also make a mark in the form of an asterisk on the outside of the line to orient yourself on which side the canvas should go, and, ultimately, not to make the panel smaller. And also during assembly it is convenient to make inscriptions in pencil on the panel indicating the dimensions of the sides.

When cutting plywood, a jigsaw could tear out small pieces of the top layer, but during assembly I turned them over so that the outside was a flat cut.

Glue application and clamping with clamps

Remember how, according to your sketches, the sheets of plywood should lie down, and apply glue on the right sides. Glue should be enough. Then press the parts together with the clamps, make sure that the panels are aligned relative to each other.

When drying, wood glue becomes transparent, but still remove its excess with a piece of cloth. It only needs to be moistened with water. Wait about 3-4 hours until the glue dries completely.

4 hours later ...

Continue to the next connection and get ready to wait the next 4 hours. Do this until all cells are fully assembled. (In order not to be bored, at this time you can watch a movie or do something useful).


After you have completed all 4 compartments for books, place them on top of each other appropriately, making sure that the compartments have the same height. All four bookshelves should have the same width and depth.

Next, apply glue on the wood to the appropriate sides of the compartments and press them together using clamps. Wait about 3-4 hours for the glue to dry.

After that, you need to see if there are voids at the junction points, if so, then they need to be filled with putty and leveled with a spatula. Wait about 2 hours until the putty dries.

Next, I cleaned up the places where the putty was applied, manually using sandpaper. But you can use a grinder to speed up the process.

Countertop Making

As a table top I used a 20 mm thick pine board.

At this stage, you can determine the size of the countertops of your TV table. For me, the size was 1300 x 300 mm. We draw the cut lines and remember that the jigsaw blade should pass from the outside of the line.

Now you can start gluing the countertops to the two curbstones, and as always, you have to wait 3-4 hours until the glue dries.

For greater structural strength, I added a shelf in the middle. To do this, you can use both plywood and a pine board. I used plywood, gluing it in two layers. So I got a sheet 18 mm thick.

Measuring the distance from one cabinet to another, I cut out a shelf. For its fastening I used corners and screws. In order to determine at what height to place it, you need to think about what purpose it will serve. In my case, I wanted my subwoofer to fit under it.


Then you can varnish the table, paint or just leave it as it is.

I made a mixture of stain and varnish, so that the table gets a shade that I like. Before applying the second coat of varnish, I waited a day until the first coat dries well.

I hope you enjoyed my workshop and now you have a beautiful, made by you personally, table for the TV with shelves for books.

Original article in English