How to Build a TV Stand with Glass Doors Part 1

Although learning how to build a TV stand with glass doors may sound complicated, it is easier than most people think. Also, building this project with glass doors will add visibility as well as protect a TV and its components from worrisome dust. This project can be built using simple shop tools, inexpensive pine lumber and finished in beautiful stains and varnish. The key to this project is using inexpensive pine plywood and a minimum of pine boards for trim.

Materials Needed for Cabinet Carcase (A measurements are in inches)

  • 3/4x21x54 plywood sides (2)
  • 3/4x21x34 plywood bottom (1)
  • 3/4x25x42 edge joined pine boards for top (1)
  • 3/4x5-3/8x36 bottom rail pine board (1)
  • 3/4x4x36 top rail pine board (1)
  • 3/4x1x21 bottom side cleats (2)
  • 3/4x1x20 top side cleats (2)
  • 3/4x1x33 top and bottom front cleats (2)
  • 1/4x35x49 hardboard backing (1)

Materials for Doors

  • 3/4x2-1/2x45 door stile pine boards (4)
  • 3/4x2-1/2x14 top door rail pine boards (2)
  • 3/4x3-3/4x14 bottom door rail pine boards (2)
  • 1/8x14x40 glass panels for doors (to be trimmed to fit as required)


  • 3/4x18x34-1/2 plywood shelves (3)
  • 3/4x1-1/2x34-1/2 hardwood shelf reinforcing strips

Step 1: Carcase Construction

Begin the construction of the TV stand by assembling the carcase. This is done by first attaching the cleats to the tops and bottoms of the sides by gluing and screwing them together. Attach the top and bottom rails to the sides and then place the plywood bottom on top of the bottom cleats between the sides.

Next, attach the edge joined pine boards for the top. This top can be attached by screwing wood screws from the bottom of the cleats into the bottom of the top. It is recommended that the top not be glued to facilitate removing and refinishing if required during the life of the TV stand.

Attach the hardboard backing to the edges of both sides so that it fits flush up against the bottom of the top piece and flush with the floor at the bottom of the back. Again, gluing and screwing this piece will ensure stability. When the hardboard backing is securely in place, bore holes 1-1/2 in diameter to facilitate running necessary wire for the TV and associated components. These holes will also act as ventilation for the cabinet, as electronic components will generate heat.

Step 2: Shelving and Hardware

To make this TV stand with glass doors adaptable for different sized electronic components as well as TVs, it is suggested that shelf standards are installed. These are slotted metal brackets with adjustable shelf brackets that can be moved to facilitate different heights between shelves. Shelving is made by cutting plywood to size and then adding hardwood shelf reinforcing strips on their ends to add shelf sturdiness. The shelves themselves are ordinary, but the reinforcing strips can be shaped by a router with several different bits to add accent to the cabinet.

Step 3, Doors

The doors for the TV stand should be butt-joined with the bottom and top rails butting against the side stiles. These should be glued in place, and once the glue is dried, should have a ¾ routered inner edge routered out for the glass frames.