We also keep a basket full of puzzles to the right of the cable box – so it is often times very tempting to push the buttons on the cable box as well.
I was excited to start this small diy project because I got to use two of my brand new tools!
So I first built the basic box using 3/4″ plywood that we had leftover in the basement from another project. I measured the cable box and ledge it was sitting on so that we had a good fit.
The box essentially was a shell that was going to slide onto the cable box
I cut three pieces – two sides and one top. It was 20″ wide x 16″ deep x 7″ highWhen choosing the height, I took into account the height of the cable box, space I had on the shelf and I also wanted to leave some space above the box (a couple inches) so that it could “breathe”. The vent on the cable box is located on the top so I needed to leave room for air circulation.
Here is a side view.
I attached the sides and top with pocket holes (I used a Kreg Jig for this).
The pocket holes are nice because you can’t see any of the screws from the outside top or sides.
I painted the box an espresso brown so that it almost matches the piece of furniture it is sitting on.
Testing the color and size before adding the finishing touches – you can see the vent on top of the cable box with a couple inches of room between it and the new box we built.I found decorative sheet metal at Home Depot.
The finished product in use.