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    Default Build a riser to fit a CS2 on any TV stand.

    I figured this might need its own thread for more exposure to those who might need it...

    For anyone who is wondering how to fit a CS2 under their TV, I suggest building a riser. I have attached a few pictures of mine. I built it a few weeks ago, using simple tools, in just one night.

    You'll need:
    -- 1 x MDF Board (30x15)
    -- 2 x MDF Board (8x15)
    -- 4 x L-brackets
    -- Wood screws/Screwdriver
    -- Wood glue
    -- 1 x Shepherd 3/8 In. Surface Gard Round Clear Self Adhesive Vinyl Pads, 16-Pack (I used 4 per leg)
    -- Drill/Drill bits for starter holes
    -- 1 can each of Primer & Paint/Stain of your choice
    -- Fine and Ultra Fine sandpaper
    -- A few hours of your time

    Total cost for parts -- all from Home Depot -- was under $35.

    The riser easily holds my 53 pound plasma -- I stood and hopped on it with my own 165 lbs! -- and my guests always think it came as a part of the base stand. Home Depot will do the cuts for you if you don't have access to a table saw, and they even sell the rounded MDF in 15"-wide pieces!

    Anything worth doing is worth doing right. :)
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    Nice project...do you have some pics of the final piece you could post?

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    I keep trying to attach them, but it won't let me... maybe because I attached them in a previous post? and now it won't even let me edit the old post!... weird. :(

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    OK, fixed... photos uploaded. :)

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    That is some NICE craftsmanship! Good work! It really does blend in extremely well. I have been meaning to build something like this for mine, I'll have to refer to your list when I get around to planning mine out. Thanks for the post!
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    Thanks for the compliments!

    I do plan to change out the main TV stand, and TV; but, the riser will stay until I wallmount the new TV -- at which point I'll gladly sell this riser. :)

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    yep that's what i need for mine. Sadly i'm not too handy so DIY is a bit out of my league. Wish it wasn't though. I might be able to get someone to do it though.
    Anybody out there go with any alternatives?
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    Whew, just picked up (5 minutes ago) a CSi5, first off, if I survive my better half when I get home, I'll have to build one of these for my TV as well, nice job, it'll give me something good to go by!

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    Looks very nice! But I personally would add another piece or two of MDF (rear and/or bottom) to the riser to make sure that it has zero chance of accidental collapse. If the riser is bumper hard from the side, one of two things could happen, even though chances are slim:

    1) the screws strip from the L-brackets and the riser collapses (pancakes, sorta), sending your TV a' tumbling and damaging your tower speakers, etc, or
    2) the entire riser slides to the side and off the top of the main rack, also sending your TV a' tumbling, et al...

    As a fellow Pioneer plasma TV owner, I'd hate to see anything happen to your irreplaceable set... :o

    Just my two cents!

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    Anything worth doing is worth doing right. :)
    100% in agreement!
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    Hi Palehorse,

    How is your stand doing after 3 years? It really looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xiaobao12 View Post
    Hi Palehorse,

    How is your stand doing after 3 years? It really looks great.
    Still going strong! I even placed a larger TV on top of it, and it has held up great. Sadly, though, it may be retired soon since my wife finally let me rearrange the room properly, so I can now mount the TV on the wall.

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    glad to see the use of pads

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    Quote Originally Posted by palehorse View Post
    Still going strong! I even placed a larger TV on top of it, and it has held up great. Sadly, though, it may be retired soon since my wife finally let me rearrange the room properly, so I can now mount the TV on the wall.
    Thanks for replying! I am going to go to home Depot to pick up the parts today. I don't have a saw but I do have a drill with bits. I assume that it is just common sense in terms of assembling it right?

    Is it necessary to add the extra mdf board that the other poster suggested?

    Thanks so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xiaobao12 View Post
    Thanks for replying! I am going to go to home Depot to pick up the parts today. I don't have a saw but I do have a drill with bits. I assume that it is just common sense in terms of assembling it right?

    Is it necessary to add the extra mdf board that the other poster suggested?

    Thanks so much!
    A backing is a good idea. It adds a lot of stability to the unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Upstatemax View Post
    A backing is a good idea. It adds a lot of stability to the unit.
    Did you drill a couple of holes for the speaker wires for the backing?

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    Just use 2 stair treads. They will be hard wood and the front will be routered with a rouned edge. Use one for the deck and the other one for the legs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xiaobao12 View Post
    Did you drill a couple of holes for the speaker wires for the backing?

    I did not build this unit, but I've built similar.

    Yes, all you will need to do is use a small hole saw and cut an access for wire.
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    Hi guys,

    Thanks for the posts. So, I built this using 1/2 inch MDF. I used 6 L brackets (heavy duty). It's currently in the basement as I just sprayed it with paint.

    I stood on it but did not jump on it. It did sag a little bit. I weigh 138 pounds. A Samsung 50 inch plasma is going on top (about 85 pounds I think). I am slightly nervous about it collapsing...thoughts?

    I do think that I will get a MDF cut for the back to add extra support.

    My only regret is that I wished I used 3/4 inch MDF instead of 1/2 inch. Stupid me as I was trying to save money. I wish I didn't..

    Palehorse, it looks like you used 3/4 inch right?

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