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Old 12-03-2011, 06:11 AM   #1
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Gonna slap together a quick...cheap...TV cart for an old 36" television I moved into basement(weighs about 150 lbs).

Gonna use 2x4s for framing.

Is this a decent design?
Should something be added so it does not sway?

There will be a 1/2 hardwood top that I didnt show so the inners could be seen.

The drawing is not to scale and the dimensions are in inches.
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That will get wobbily rather quickly--the fasteners are the only thing holding it together--

Add 2x? blocking between the 2x4 legs (behind the shirt boards) and you will have a strong cart.

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That will get wobbily rather quickly--the fasteners are the only thing holding it together--

Add 2x? blocking between the 2x4 legs (behind the shirt boards) and you will have a strong cart.
Mike...did you mean skirt board? Meaning the rectangle framing?

Also what pair of legs are you referring to for blocking? Do you mean diagonally from like the front right-side 2x4 leg(red leg) to the back right-side 2X4 leg(yellow leg)

I've put colors on some of the 2x4 members so maybe you can more easily describe.

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Adding some plywood to sides will also strengthen it a lot. Could throw supports as suggested above; perhaps alternatively some 1x3s on a diagonal on inside of each side.
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The 2x4 s are the legs---the 2x6s are the skirt--if you fill in the space between the 2x4s with some blocking--2x4 or 2x6--and glue the whole thing together---you will have a structure strong enough to hold up a Volks Wagon--

Bobs suggestion of plywood will work well--that was my first thought--But you asked for the least expensive solution ---so I stuck to the 2xs--Mike---
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how about adding another vertical 2x4 to the outside of each leg. That will bring legs flush with skirting. Then use triangles to stop swaying??

In photo I only showed on the right side
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With that set up you will be fine without the plywood gussets---just use a good wood glue and you will be finished---
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Maybe instead of cutting all those triangles easier would be to just use full piece of plywood on sides. Would that have same structural affect as the triangles?

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Oh, yes it would---if you like the open look---add blocking around the inside of the skirt--that will trap the legs and keep it stable---
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Unless you have the material, you could buy a cheap TV cart at Walmart for less than the cost of the stuff you will need to buy. And it will look better.
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Unless you have the material, you could buy a cheap TV cart at Walmart for less than the cost of the stuff you will need to buy. And it will look better.
I have the 2x4s, and screws. So I have to buy casters($11 for 4), sheet of hardwood($20) and a couple lag bolts($1).

I could not locate a TV cart at Walmart that will hold a 150 lb TV. If you can send me the link.
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if you like the open look---add blocking around the inside of the skirt--that will trap the legs and keep it stable---
I'd rather the open look....do you mean blocking...in part.... where I have it in the photo?
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think I'll add some 2x4s under the skirting to help transfer more of weight off of top frame to ground.....man I don't want this thing to collapse and break my vintage 2001 Panasonic TV
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Are you going need a forklift to move that when it's done?
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That will hold a Volkswagon---

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