Flat Screen TV Stand

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Project by JoeinDE posted 05-25-2009 05:24 AM 5045 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first large furniture build with any degree of complexity. As always comments and critiques are welcome. I used a plan purchased from U-Bild. I built this during my first week of furlough this year and finished it during this past week.

The top, shelves and sides are 3/4” maple-faced ply. The face frame and drawer fronts are maple. The molding is poplar and oak. There are two coats of Minwax Cherry stain followed by three coats of Minwax wipe-on clear gloss poly. I used Minwax pretreatment to help the maple stain more evenly. I didn’t have any pieces of maple long enough for the horizontal parts of the face frame (poor planning on my part) so I did a glue-up pocket hole joint. I hoped that it would be less visible than it is.

Other things I learned during this project
1. My 18v Ryobi 7.25” cordless circular saw does not have the juice to cut through 3/4” ply sheets. I ended up cutting the two full sheets of 3/4” ply with my jigsaw.
2. Even with a Woodriver straight edge clamping guide, it is hard to cut a straight line with a cheap jigsaw (Shopsource) cutting through 3/4” ply. The full sheets were literally too big to fit down the stairs into my basement workshop and I wasn’t about to take my table saw apart to bring it up to the garage. The vibration from the jigsaw was enough to unsettle the guide even with the highest level of clamping pressure. The next time I need to cut full sheets I am going to buy a corded circular saw.
3. Even if you think you’ve sanded all of the sawblade marks out, you should check by wetting the surface before you start staining. I got burned by this when I made my bookcase, and I was much more diligent this time, but I still missed a couple of spots.
4. The plan called for installing the central drawer glide supports after the face frame had been secured to the rest of the structure. In retrospect I would have secured them to the face frame before securing the frame to the structure. There was no way to clamp the supports during the process of gluing them into the structure and, despite my best efforts, the right side one ended up not parallel to the right side of the structure. This led to an inability to install the interior drawer slide on the right drawer.

All told I spent a little less the $200 on materials for this piece.


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#1 posted 05-25-2009 06:15 AM

Looks good to me. Remember, you only have to please the man in the mirror. Nice finish on the top.

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

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#2 posted 05-25-2009 06:33 AM

Hey Joe
Nice tv stand It looks great. Some of the woods you used tend to blotch when finished . If you have that problem in the future you can apply a 1 lb cut of dewaxed shellac to help prvent that. Keep up the great work.

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#3 posted 05-25-2009 08:34 AM

Looks good. Love the story. Finnish turned out good with the pretreatment. Like jim said, That maple will blotch when stained if not sealed first.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 05-25-2009 12:43 PM

Joe, you did a pretty good job on this piece. Maple and poplar both are prone to blotching, if stained. But it looks like you did a good job with staining and blending the various woods. This piece has a nice design to it.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 06:01 PM

Great design Joe. It came out really well. There’s no way you could buy that for $200 in a store, but if you can build it, why buy it!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#6 posted 03-03-2014 03:16 AM

Great job on this TV table! I bet that Anne really likes it. I was really laughing out loud when I read your commentary about cutting 2 full pieces of plywood with a jig saw! I can’t imagine how long that took you to do. I hope by now you have a corded circular saw or a table saw. Have you ever gotten together with Kelly? I know he inherited your Grandfather’s table saw and he also does some woodworking.
Uncle Dennis.

-- Dennis, Fort Wayne

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#7 posted 03-01-2015 08:30 PM

Very nice.

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