First, the finished result. Please excuse the cords, I was just hooking it up after the camping trip so I could take pictures of what was done and what it looked like with the 32” TV in place. In hindsight, and with regret, I realized I could have put a 40” flat screen in. Hah.. I made the mistake of calculating what would fit by using the measurements online that included the stand. Sheesh.
Here is the stand by itself.
It had started out concept wise as a purely wooden “T” for the monitor. As I struggled with the thought of it having to “flex” in the heat plus movement and be as light as possible the design changed unexpectedly for the better. I had meticulously stained my lightweight pine boards with honey oak over the period of three days (three coats). Then the articulating arm mount for the monitor came in. It was heavier than I expected and those lag bolts probably should be used and they probably needed to get some bite going on. So I cut an end off the top part of my “T” to double up the thickness above the back of the couch.
Then I anchored it with some brass wood working screws. Hard to tell from the pictures but with the polyurethane on it the color is deep and rich. The brass screw heads shining through actually don’t look bad at all.
If you look above you’ll notice I put adhesive felt padding onto the articulating arm. This is so that when it moves going down the road it won’t damage the woodwork I’d spent 4 or so days on. And that would be a true shame. The monitor is easy to mount and take off. The 32” TV I’m using spends most of its time in the bedroom.
So anyway, at this point I had ruined my wooden “T” by hacking part of the top section off. I didn’t want to spend another 4 days waiting to put the thing together. I had a few ideas so after consulting store inventory at Lowes off I went.
When I got to Lowes it was obvious they didn't have accurate online store inventory against what I was looking for to make a footing. They had a piece of aluminum angle that was actually wider but the gauge wasn't as thick and this new one was 8 foot long. I just wanted to use it to distribute the weight on the bottom. As I sat looking in disappointment at the inventory snafu an idea started to dawn on me. Slowly my eyebrows began to move up my forehead as the idea solidified. Then "BAM", my eyebrows popped into the fully upright position and I snatched the wider aluminum angle piece, all 8 foot of it. After pulling it out of the rack I went clattering down the aisle with a giggle.