Cabinet Plans 2: Monitor Shelf

The Monitor Shelf 
We used a flat panel (LCD) monitor for this project so the measurements shown are specific to it. The process is the same, though, for any monitor you choose to use.  The exact measurements might differ.

Start by cutting a plywood board 20" x 14-1/2" (see A), and two 1x2 ledger strips 14" long.

Measuring for placement
The easiest and most accurate method for locating the monitor shelf requires your actual monitor. You'll need a second set of hands for this step, preferably a pair you trust holding your expensive monitor. First, measure the monitor screen from top-to-bottom. Now subtract that number from 20-1/2", and divide by 2. This number is how much space will be at the top and bottom of the monitor screen within the monitor area of the cabinet.  See the picture to the right to see where the 20-1/2" came from. 

What we did was to hold the monitor in the correct location, with the monitor face at the same angle as the front of the cabinet.  Using the number from the previous calculation, adjust the monitor so that it is this number of inches from both the top and bottom point (see picture above for the two points).  See pictures B and C to see what I am talking about.  I then placed the monitor shelf flush against the underside of the monitor's base, and drew a pencil line along its underside (see B and E for the pencil lines).  This will be the top of the ledger board.  By using the actual monitor in this process, you are guaranteed to have it be exactly correct when finished.  Picture F shows how nicely the monitor is situated.  Also notice how patient Scott is with my picture-taking.






Take one of the two ledger boards.  Aligning it with both the front of the cabinet and the pencil line, screw it in place.  As with all my holes, I used my combination pilot/countersink bit to recess the screws.  I used 1-1/4" screws for this (see G).





In order to transfer the measurements to the other side, I simply measured from the bottom of the side to the pencil line at both the front and the back of the cabinet, and wrote these two measurements down.  Swapping the two sides, I measured, drew my line, and attached the second ledger.  Very quick and easy.
Next up is the attachment of all the ledger boards.