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How To Make A Slatted Dowel TV Unit

Interiors Jul 6, 2022

I’ve wanted to try making a wooden piece of furniture from scratch for a while, and this week I finally got the chance! I’m quite adept these days at upcycling and tacking updates to furniture, but making my own isn’t something I’ve done a lot of. So this was a huge challenge.

I had in mind a rounded tv unit with slatting made from dowels, and wanted to create a lovely clean look with no visible screws or nails. After quite a bit of planning and researching, I worked out I could use furniture legs and pine timber to create the base! It actually turned out to be so so easy!

I did this project first in what is looking to be a very fun and busy DIY July. I actually made it for a friend who’s going through a tough time, when I saw she needed a tv unit I felt like this was the perfect time to try it out!

Materials You Need To Make A Slatted Dowel TV Unit

How to make a slatted dowel TV cabinet

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First, I used took two panels of pine and rounded the edges. Make sure you do one and then use the finished one as a template for the next so they're matching.

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After marking where I wanted the legs to go on one of the pine pieces, I drilled 4 small holes and then screwed in 4 of the wooden furniture legs.

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Next, I drilled a hole into the underside of the other 4 furniture legs and screwed the exisiting screws further down into each leg to ensure they don't push through the top of the unit.

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I then screwed this second set of furniture legs onto the screws that were poking out of the topside of the pine piece.

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After drilling 4 holes into the underside of the final pine piece I popped it on top of the wooden furniture legs and hammered it down. Make sure to use a cloth and rubber mallet for this part to ensure you don't damage the wood.

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Once the core piece of this project was finished, I took some pine dowels, measured them and cut them into lengths and then glued them all around the TV unit.

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Once all the dowels had been glued on, I left the unit to dry overnight.

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I honestly feel like this technique of using furniture legs to create a structure has so much potential (side table! buffet!) so don’t be surprised if you see a few more ideas like this.

I absolutely love the way this piece turned out. It looks so chic and custom built, when in reality it was a very simple project!

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This project is in collaboration with Bunnings.

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