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Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
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  • Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
  • Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
  • Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
  • Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
  • Fence Wall and Entertainment Center
  • Fence Wall and Entertainment Center

Fence Wall and Entertainment Center

When the ancient wood fence in my backyard reached a point of decrepitude that exceeded blight and bordered on downright embarrassing, I decided it was time to remove it. But rather than simply taking a sledgehammer to the planks, I wondered whether there was some way I could reuse the wood. After all, that fence had stood sentry in the yard for many years. I wanted to honor that legacy.

I decided to use the old fence wood to construct a backdrop for a wall-mounted television. To hold the components, I would build a custom cabinet, surround it with stained, weathered fence planks, and enjoy the 2017 football season and MLB playoffs in style.

I carefully removed the fence planks and salvaged as many as I could—those that weren't too warped or damaged. I went hunting through my basement and found a whole bunch of old colors of wood stain. Then I got some rough-grade sandpaper and went to town on those old planks. When I was done, I had 55 square feet of stained wood, all cut to various lengths and ready to become a wall.

Constructing the cabinet was tricky. I needed it to be sturdy enough to hold stereo components but light enough to mount on the wall. I opted for simple 1x6 pine planks for the top and half-inch maple plywood for the sides and shelves. I used pocket screws to fasten everything together and installed hinged covers on the bottom to conceal the cords and wiring.

I attached a simple frame to the wall studs, then installed everything over it, taking care to vary the lengths and colors of the fence planks in the process. Now I've got a great space for watching TV that actually improves the look of the room.

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Project Information

Difficulty: Intermediate
Categories: Construction, Furniture

Materials Used:

  • old fence planks

  • pocket screws

  • pocket jig

  • .5" maple plywood

  • 1x6 pine planks


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