This wasn't a life altering project, but we had all the materials, so it was free. Oh, wait, I did buy pegs for the inside shelf to sit on, but they were a couple of bucks.
This TV is fairly new, and I wasn't pleased with how everything fit in this cubby.
So, starting with a pencil and paper, I drew out what I needed, and included the measurements. Then went to the garage to cut the pieces.
I used to be scared to death of the saw. Then I watched Ana White's video, and felt like it might be do-able. I measure, and clamp like crazy so that I can concentrate, go slow, and use two hands with the saw. I don't have to worry about the boards shifting on me, and I know it will be a nice clean cut. I also use safety glasses and ear plugs. The key is take your time and go slow.
You can make cookies in a hurry, vacuum the house like your hair's on fire, but when it comes to using the saw, make sure you have lots of time. You get faster at it, but at least you learn to do it safely.
It's not over the top wow, but it is custom made for that space. The VCR sits on the bottom, and there is another shelf where the keyboard and remotes sit. It just makes for a tidier area.
Side note: I made this shelf in 5 minute increments, because I didn't have one large chunk of time to dedicate to it. I'm learning that this method can be more useful than waiting until the planets align. I kept waiting for the perfect day to work on it, and when weeks went by I figured that a little at a time was better than nothing.