TV Cabinet, Pre-Finish

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Project by lclashley posted 04-15-2007 06:55 AM 2298 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would go ahead and post this project since the finishing process may be long and arduous. The back and drawer fronts are removed for finishing. I’m planning on painting it red and then “glazing” with a dark stain to give it an aged look. I’ll follow this with a couple of coats a water-based poly. The sample I tried came out nice, but I’m still a little nervous about the process. Any finishing comments/suggestions would be great.

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#1 posted 04-15-2007 07:05 AM

looks great! im excited to see the final project! i allways get a little nervous about finishing projects…

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#2 posted 04-15-2007 07:08 AM

Dovetailed drawers! Nice! What is it made out of?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 04-15-2007 08:50 AM

This is a great looking cabinet. Is this a Pine wood on this unit? I see right now that I am going to have to learn how to dovetail drawers.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 04-15-2007 01:34 PM

That looks like pine- is it? A seal coat wood be a good idea, primer or clear de-waxed shellac since pine can absorb the paint unevenly. Did you do the coves on the table saw? This is one to be proud of!

-- Jeff, Santa Fe

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#5 posted 04-15-2007 03:05 PM

Thanks for the kind words. The drawers are actually joined with big box joints. The materials used are pine (for the door frames, edging, and moldings), and the rest is birch ply. I did make the coves on the table saw, which was very easy and fun. Hard to sand smooth though. I need a goose-neck scraper. The doors and drawers have a 1/4” bead around the outside of the panel. This didn’t show up very well in the pics.

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#6 posted 04-15-2007 09:01 PM

Beautiful work… I am looking forward to seeing it with the finish applied.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 04-16-2007 05:00 AM

Very nice – looking forward to the completed project.


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#8 posted 08-18-2007 11:36 PM

Looks great! I made some cove molding not too long ago and to clean up the cove I traced the curve onto a cheap putty knife and then used a grinder and a disk sander to fine tune the curve. Basically I made a curved cabinet scraper. It worked great and I only needed minimal sanding after the scraping.

Keep up the good work!

-- The Junkie, Lewiston, ID,

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#9 posted 08-20-2007 05:30 AM

That is a sweet idea calvin, and would have saved me a lot of time. Thanks

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#10 posted 08-28-2007 03:51 AM

Really nice cabinet. I really like the design!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 10-26-2007 10:10 PM

Looks nice and I know it was a lot of fun…I was going to post a similar project I built for my daughter in law,but now I think I’m embarased because your looks so much better.
She wanted to paint hers as well so I built it out of birch for the stiles and rails and plywood for the panels and shelves.

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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#12 posted 10-29-2007 07:01 PM

Don’t be embarrassed Brad, Post away.

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