|Project by stillgotallmydigits||posted 09-18-2014 03:38 PM||791 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
When we realized how much sq footage we could gain in our family room by removing the 90’s “media niche” we did. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) our old TV just didn’t fill the room….darn…:) When I returned from the store with the biggest TV I could fit in the car we discovered our old TV stand was too small….again, darn because that meant I could do another wood project! We have some small, sticky-fingered, and active Grandkids so we wanted to “finger-proof” the TV, so I made the stand 26” tall . Turned out that is a perfect viewing height anyway.
We wanted a more formal but contemporary look so I choose cherry and designed rounded corners and inset doors. I am a little more confident w/inset doors after my tool cart adventure! I used magnetic push and release catches and left off the handles to eliminate temptation by my loving little busy bodies. (It has worked so far)
I discovered that the dreaded blotchiness of cherry was less pronounced with an oil finish so I used Watco Danish Oil Finish with a cherry tint. You could see the wood darken in the time it took to complete the project which makes me happy because it looks richer as that wood darkens! I had my dimensions off my drawing but being somewhat of a rookie with raised panel doors I decided to build the doors first and alter my design around their finished size! That 1/8” gap all around leaves no room for error! Miraculously my doors turned out to be the size I had planned so all worked out well!
In order to save money I used plywood for the inside vertical panels. That saved time too as it was that many less solid panels to make up. I love my Kreg jig but still use biskets (bisquits?) and good ol’ glue when I make panels. I did my dado/rabbit work on my table saw and since my blade isn’t “the sharpest in the drawer” I whipped up a jig to hold the wood down on the blade. (Does anyone have advice on sharpening a stacked dado set? Or is it cheaper to just buy a new set? Thx in advance for the tips!)
I like to stain and finish my panels before assembly being careful not to cover areas that will be glued up. That way I don’t have to sand and finish all those inside corners! Everything went together pretty well but I struggled a bit getting that nice even finish on the top. I guess that finishing wax takes quite awhile to dry completely? After trying alot of different ideas I settled on 0000 steel wool with finishing wax as a lubricant. That turned out pretty well. Anyway, I got ‘er done and found a friend to help me truck the finished product up the hill from my shop. I am happy to say the “boss” loves it and the dimensions turned out just fine! Now for the shutters to finish the room…..and no I don’t plan on building those!!!
Happy woodworking all…:)
-- Steve, So.Cal.