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Designed and made to measure by Daniel Martin, this piece of furniture allowed our reader to install all of his audio-video equipment and a mini-bar.

Create your audio-video space

Level: Confirmed
Cost: about 500 euros
Time: 5 days
Equipment: tape measure, spirit level, metal ruler (1.50 or 2 m), square, handsaw with big and small toothing, trowel, trough, mixer, electric plane, percussion drill, cordless drill, ( or electropneumatic), hammer, brushes and brushes, glue comb (teeth 3-4 mm), rubber squeegee, sponge...

Disappointed not to find in store a piece of furniture that satisfies him to house his audio-video equipment, Daniel Martin decides to make his own development. The project consists of a flat screen TV, a DVD player / recorder, a VCR, a stereo, speakers, CD and DVD storage and a mini-bar. All in a space of 216 cm wide and 57 cm deep, located between the fireplace and one of the walls of his living room. After several sketches, an arrangement is retained: a covered masonry seat in which are inserted storage (shelves, drawers) closed with oak doors. The tray is tiled.

A light but strong base

Cellular concrete tiles (7 cm thick, 25 cm high and 62.5 cm long) are chosen for their lightness and ease of installation.
● Cut and glued to the floor, the tiles are used to make a base aligned with the hearth floor of the chimney. Each jamb consists of two tiles glued vertically edge to edge to obtain a depth of 50 cm (2 x 25 cm). A space is left in the bottom of the furniture to pass the various electrical cables and audio-video.
● These tiles are then coated with slightly colored tinted mortar to obtain a shade similar to that of tufa, the regional stone.

Custom storage

Closed by doors, two of the niches of the seat are reserved for the storage drawers of CDs, DVDs and drinks. The size of these drawers has been calculated according to their content. It determines the distance between the jambs, given the thickness of panels and slides.
● The walls and dividers of the drawers are cut from MDF panels 10 mm thick and the bottom in 5 mm plywood. The assembly is carried out according to the method of the paste-nail.
● The oak doors and their support frame are then custom-ordered in store (Lapeyre).
● The central niche shelves (audio-video devices) are made from 22mm thick fir panels (for cost reasons). They are tinted "medium oak" like frames and doors. The set is then covered with a varnish which ensures their protection.

A tiled TV tray

Made from a particle board 22 mm thick, the tray is covered with terracotta tiles (Rairies Montrieux). in tinted oak and varnished, a beam decorates the front (90 x 90 mm).
● The tray rests on the top of the jambs. To ensure its stability, it is screwed on a cleat fixed against the bottom wall and laterally on metal brackets. Finally, it includes a removable door at the rear for letting pass the electrical cables and audio-video connection.
● The front beam is planed and then sanded to fit the dimensions of the reserves cut in the jambs. It is held in place by small brackets screwed under the particle board and is flush with the tile floor.

Good seating

Good seating

Strips 10 cm wide are cut in 7 cm thick cellular concrete tiles. They are fixed to the mortar glue on the ground to the right of future jambs and shelves.

Cut the tiles

Cut the tiles

The tiles are cut as you go with a saw with big teeth. A reserve of 45 x 70 mm is sawn in the facade elements to accommodate the decorative oak beam.

Build the jambs

Build the jambs

Each jamb is constructed with two tiles glued vertically. The laying is carried out with adhesive mortar for cellular concrete applied in thin thickness using a toothed spatula.

Apply colored glue mortar

Apply colored glue mortar

The jambs are coated with mortar glue tinted with a natural ocher pigment. Several tests are necessary before obtaining a shade close to that of the tufa (local stone).

Optimized storage

Optimized storage

The elements of the drawers are assembled with wood glue and nails with man's head. Interior walls and partitions are 10 mm MDF and 5 mm plywood bottom.

Slides and cleats

Slides and cleats

The slides are screwed inside the door frames previously attached to the jambs. A cleat fixed 40 cm further compensates the thickness of the frame and serves as a rear support.

Drawers and shelves

Drawers and shelves

The drawers are placed in the slides, three for CDs, one for DVDs and one for drinks. In the central niche, cleats to support the shelves are already in place.

A tiled tray

A tiled tray

The 90 x 90 mm oak beam is planed. It must fit exactly the dimensions of the notches cut into the jambs and the final thickness of the tiled top.

Fix tray and beam

Fix tray and beam

The tray rests on the jambs. Metal brackets are pegged into the side walls and a cleat on the back wall. After dyeing, the beam is fixed with brackets under the tray.

Glue the tiles

Glue the tiles

The enamelled terracotta tiles (105 x 105 x 10 mm) are glued with a paste adhesive on the particle board. A primer was previously applied to the panel.

Grout the tiles

Grout the tiles

Tile grouting takes place 24 hours after installation. To overcome the expansion of the wood, the gap between the tiles and the back wall is filled with white acrylic masonry filler.

Fit the doors

Fit the doors

The "medium oak" tinted fir shelves are set up in their niche. The solid oak doors are mounted on their frame and articulate with turlupet cards found in the trade.

Flow sheet (dimensions in mm)

DesignationQtyDimensions
Masonry seat
Cellular concrete tiles14625 x 250 x 70
shelves
Central (fir)3380x500x22
For pregnant (fir tree)2300x500x22
Drawers
Front and rear (MDF)10295 x 125 x 10
Sides and separations (MDF)13480x120x10
DVD and Bottle Separations (MDF)4275x120x10
Fund (plywood)4295 x 500 x 5
Bottle bottoms (plywood)1295 x 500 x 10
Cleats (slide supports)430 x 30 x 50
Closing
Doors with frame2400 x 570 (custom made)
Tray
cleats330 x 30 x 350
Metal corners230 x 30 x 500
Particleboard1500 x 2,200 x 19
Decorative oak beam190x90x230

Complementary supplies: adhesive mortar and anchors for cellular concrete, masonry anchors, 20-30 mm manhole spikes, wood glue, five sets of slide rails for drawer, tiles (1 m2), tile adhesive, grouting product, shelves for shelves. Finishes: shade "medium oak", stain "oak" and colorless, acrylic mastic masonry...


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