Walnut TV Stand

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Project by Kevin Depies posted 03-29-2009 08:58 PM 7829 views 30 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my walnut TV stand, just finished last week. I designed & built this for myself; I know that’s against the rules! I was going for something with an appealing design, but also wanted it to be functional and allow lots of air flow for electronics, which is why I left the back completely open. As far as what style furniture this is, I don’t really know what to call it and will leave that up to you!

Its basically all frame and panel construction with the frame being held together by mortise and tenon joinery. Getting everything right on the legs was the time consuming part and then everything else fell in place from there. Here’s a picture of just the legs, followed by one of the frame members:



Making all the templates for the curves on the legs, top, and handles was a bit tedious too, but now that I have them, I feel I could make another one of these fairly quickly, plus I might be able to use them for a matching coffee table that I want to build now.

I had written one blog entry on this before I got to finishing, concerned that the plywood in the piece would not match the hardwood, which was darker. I ended up using no stain and going with General Finishes products (local to Wisconsin) for clear coats. I used their Seal-A-Cell for the base coat, and 3 coats of their Arm-R-Seal oil & urethane topcoat (satin). The plywood ended up not being too much lighter than the rest. It actually looks worse in the pictures than it really is.

Well, let me know if you have questions or comments…

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 09:04 PM

Very nice looking unit. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 09:08 PM

Nice! Looks like a nice setup.

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 09:18 PM

Amazing stand!
The curves give to it a lot of caracter

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#4 posted 03-29-2009 09:43 PM

Love this piece!

Love the legs, those sweet sexy curves.

Overall craftsmanship and design is really nice. What really makes this piece work for me is that you did not use oak. This one looks exceptionally well in black walnut or cherry in my opinion.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 03-29-2009 09:51 PM

i really like the design…and the legs are great…good idea on the templates so that you can go with matching pieces….

great job!

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#6 posted 03-29-2009 09:59 PM

Beautiful piece Kevin, those legs are awesome.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#7 posted 03-29-2009 10:23 PM

Wonderful piece! The lines look amazing. I agree with Todd about not using oak. The walnut looks great. As far as style I’d say it has some Asian flare but you definitely have your own concept here. Well done.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#8 posted 03-29-2009 10:27 PM

Gorgeous piece!

I also concur with Todd in the choice of woods.

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#9 posted 03-29-2009 10:46 PM

Wow! Excellent craftsmanship.

Love the style, wood you used, and the finish looks good too.

-- Kirk H. --

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#10 posted 03-30-2009 12:22 AM

Professional work, nice finish


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#11 posted 03-30-2009 01:34 AM

Great piece and excellent design. Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 03-30-2009 01:37 AM

Great looking TV stand. I love the design.

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#13 posted 03-30-2009 04:07 AM

Awesome design.. One of my favorites that I’ve seen. Great work!

-- Jason

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#14 posted 03-30-2009 04:14 AM

This is a great looking design. Did you do any calculations or use any estimation techinques to figure out how much load the top will take? I’m looking to design and buld a stand for my plasma but I’m a little concerned about how to make sure it’s solid enough. The TV weighs more than my wife!

-- Chris

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#15 posted 03-30-2009 04:41 AM

Spectacular! The shape of the legs helps to highlight the overall beauty of frame & panel construstion.
Great effort!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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