First furniture project

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Project by Peter posted 12-04-2008 08:56 PM 1791 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve built shelves and other utilitarian things, but I would consider this is my first real furniture project.

My wife saw this stand at Ethan Allen but it was not in our budget at $1000, so I told her I would build one for her.

The size is 57.5” wide by 29.5” high and it was built to hold a 50” plasma TV (100 lbs). Top and Bottom platform is 1/2” red birch ply. The middle shelf, legs, top and bottom platform sides are poplar. It’s hard to tell, but the top and bottom platforms are the same size. I added a piece of wood in the center to hide wires and also to add support for the top platform where the TV will be set. This center support piece is removable as it is held by screws. I made a corbel from poplar scraps to support the center shelf, because I have a hefty center channel speaker (25 lbs) and I didn’t want to risk the center shelf sagging over time.

It took about 6 months of working 1-3 hours on saturday mornings to complete. It was a good experience because I learned quite a few things. All the big cuts and shaping were done by table saw and router. I bought several old handplanes off ebay and learned how to use them for this project. For example, the lip on the top and bottom shelf were done by hand plane and sanded to a bullnose finish (If I had were to do this again, I would go buy a 1/4” bullnose router bit, it took awhile to do by hand). My chisels got a work out also. There are small imperfections here and there, but they aren’t really obvious unless someone really examines it.

I used brown mahogany dye to tint first. Then applied Minwax rosewood water based stain to add a darker and slight reddish/orangish tinge to it. Finished with several coats of Minwax polycrylic.

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#1 posted 12-04-2008 09:31 PM

Very good job for a first project. I really like the color. You did a great job, your wife should be happy.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 12-04-2008 09:41 PM

Nice work! I like the curved legs. That’s a complicated element for a first furniture project!

-- Robb

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#3 posted 12-04-2008 10:10 PM

Nice project, now what precentage of the savings on the furniture from Ethan Allen do you get to put towards additional tools for the shop? Atleast that is how I try to sell new tools.

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#4 posted 12-04-2008 10:38 PM

I like yours better than the Ethan Allen one.

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#5 posted 12-04-2008 11:00 PM

Nice job on this replica piece. I cringe when someone I know goes and spends ridiculous amounts on things like this, knowing it could be done for far less.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 12-04-2008 11:11 PM

Great looking table. Very nice job.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 12-05-2008 12:20 AM

wow, that’s really nice. way nicer than i anticipate to create on my first project. amazing finishing job as well.

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#8 posted 12-05-2008 01:22 AM

Ethan Allen is not going to be at all happy with you. Great job!! You realize the can of worms you have opened don’t you….

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#9 posted 12-06-2008 08:39 PM

Your efforts to make the stand are so rewarding. Necessity is the mother of inviting talents.
Keep it up.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 08-08-2010 04:20 PM

Nice Lines.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 08-08-2010 04:32 PM

Interesting design. Makes me think that it’s for something “musical”.

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