Chunky TV Stand

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Project by jumbojack posted 12-12-2014 03:27 PM 1240 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I built a bed frame for some friends. I detailed it here on LJs. They loved it so much, they asked me to build them a TV stand in the same style. As with the bed they like the chunky look of 2x material. We sourced barn wood for the bed but the cost was too high for them so we went with construction grade lumber from the BORG for the bed and this stand.
Since it was so wet and green it sat, stickered in my shop for months.
When enough of the moisture had left and it was a little more stable I cut the mortises and tennons on my trusty shopsmith.
I had a 2×12 in the shop left over from the bed build so I glued up the top using it and two 2×6s after jointing the edges and taking the round over off. I ended up with a 20” panel that I distressed with a plane grinder chain hammer and a propane torch.
The frame got the same treatment after glue up. I glued and tacked some cleats on the rails to accept the 5/8” ply shelves that got the torch treatment
Then the entire thing took an entire quart can of light walnut Watco. I let it cure for several days as the weather here in California has been a bit damp (finally, thank God) and put several rubbings of Johnson paste wax.
The lead photo shows it set up in their downtown flat.
They have sent me several emails extolling its virtues and as all wood workers know, that is the zenith of our being.
Thanks for looking.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 12-12-2014 03:44 PM

Excellent! Love the distress/burnt look of that stand.
It’s always a good warm feeling when you get lots of positive feedback.

Ya gotta tell me your secret for getting those M&T joints so perfect on the Shopsmith.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 12-12-2014 06:03 PM

Hey Jumbojock that’s a really nice looking table! You did a great job on distressing the wood.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 12-12-2014 06:50 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 12-12-2014 08:51 PM

Arr Arr Arr. That a s man’s stand!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice going, Jack!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 12-13-2014 04:54 AM

Nice TV stand. Nothing more important than stisfied customer.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 12-13-2014 07:48 AM

Jumbo, that is a TV stand that won’t shrink from the task. I like the look. It is satisfyingly masculine and industrial, and should have a really solid feel to it. Positive feedback truly is the “zenith of our being.” Good thing this fits in the back of a pick-up truck. I would hate to pay the shipping costs.

By the way, what is the BORG? I haven’t seen them since Star Trek spin offs. All I know is that “resistance is futile,” and Seven of Nine was easy to look at.

Nice project! Put that in your zenith and keep your Shop Smith humming.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 12-13-2014 02:29 PM

Hey all thanks for the replies.
Al, BORG=Big Orange Retail Giant or Home Depot.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 12-14-2014 07:47 AM

Awesome job on that one Jack! I really like the dark stain, the grain really shows with it.

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#9 posted 12-17-2014 12:33 PM

Awesome JJ!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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