|Project by CampD||posted 01-23-2016 04:20 PM||2774 views||22 times favorited||25 comments|
This TV stand is a complement piece to my bedroom bedside table/nightstand http://lumberjocks.com/projects/176274 After I had finished the bedside nightstand, the wife liked the idea of the hidden compartment and mentioned that she’d like a place to hide her more valuable pieces of jewelry with the intent that they’d be more out of sight when we traveled for extended periods of time. I already had this piece on the drawing board, so I just incorporated the two hidden compartments with the addition of the two removable jewelry/valet boxes.
I designed and built this to be as true to an early Stickley design as I could, but with my design touches. The case is solid quarter sawn white oak, raised panel doors and side panels – I hand-planned the rabbits on the side panels just for practice. The top has full length splines joining the top boards together. The bottom, back and center divider are oak ply – I like to add some ply for added strength. All plywood panels are let-in to dados with no exposed ply edges. All joinery is traditional mortise and tenon with oak plugs.
solid ¾ oak front with ½ hard maple sides, maple has some curl and figure. Hand-cut dovetails. I added a little 21st century touch, with the addition of soft-close hidden drawer slides. Finish on the maple is brown transtint dye with one coat of BLO.
This maybe my new favorite finish for white oak. One coat of Hand rubbed dark walnut stain – from a can. One coat of hand rubbed BLO and finally two coats of brushed amber shellac – again from a can and 220 sanded in between coats. all finish was applied before assembly. This process is more time consuming but produces a far superior finish, but is actually easier to apply on an assembly with this many angles and pieces than it is after final assembly. The plus is, that during assembly glue-up the glue squeeze-out clean-up is a breeze.
½ baltic birch plywood for strength and stability with magnetic catches and keyed-alike locks. Same transtint dye and BLO for the finish.
His and hers jewelry boxes
Again, I built them to an early 20th century style. I made the case parts thinner than normal to maximize inside space, my thinking is they really aren’t going to get much abuse – well, it’s also what I had in the scrap bin. 3/8 quarter-sawn white oak sides joined with corner splines, ¼ floating bottom and full ¼ top. The same finishing process was used as was on the cabinet, except it was done after assembly. Felt lining and curly maple dividers. I haven’t fully decided which style of catches I’ll use yet.
Since I finished these pieces, I’ve gotten requests for other pieces of furniture with these types of hidden compartments, so stay tuned for what I come up with next, Thanks for looking!