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Project by Knowl posted 11-25-2009 09:25 PM 3484 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been buying tools from classifieds and stores for quite a while now in hopes of being able to learn to build my own furniture. I’ve always been inspired by The New Yankee Workshop and Woodwrights.

I was wanting to rearrange my livingroom to open up the breakfast bar to the kitchen. But I had a huge 6’x7’ entertainment center in front of it that wouldn’t fit anywhere else in the room due to the number of windows.

I really only needed something to hold my 50” plasma tv, satellite box, dvd player and vcr since all the kids have now grown and moved out and we didn’t need numerous game players hooked up.

So I decided to attempt my first piece of furniture. I designed it to hold just what I needed. I also designed it to be curved so that I wouldn’t bang my leg on it when heading down the hallway from an angle.

I used a faux leather on the top for the TV to sit on. Then I used my router to round over and cut in a line down all the legs and on the edges of the shelves. I painted all these routed edges black to tie in the black faux leather top. Also the black hid the fact that I used plywood for the shelves. I didn’t want to use expensive materials for my first try at making something. The legs I made out of hemlock fir.

The stand is 25” tall and 48” wide. The perfect size for the small wall I wanted to move the TV to. I think for my first try at making furniture my design and construction turned out really well. The TV weighs about 100 lbs and it is sturdy enough to hold it just fine.

I learned a lot during this project and will use what I learned from my mistakes to create an even better piece next time.

Knowl

-- Deborah, Nevada, www.knowlopportunities.com/about.html





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 09:49 PM

Hey Deborah
Looks like a great first project. just wondering how those top legs are connected?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Knowl

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#2 posted 11-26-2009 03:51 AM

Thank you. The top legs are glued and nailed at the minute. I had planned on putting corner braces made out of wood and screwing them in from underneath at the tops. However I couldn’t drill thru the corner pieces I made. I kept breaking bits. My husband wanted to set everything up and rearrange the house for me while I was away for 4 days, so I just glued and nailed them for now. I can still put the pieces in the top corners for better support with the TV on the stand. On the bottoms I just glued and nailed straight up thru the second shelf.

The other problem I had was that even though I got wood filler to cover my nail holes that said it was stainable. It didn’t stain right at all. It stained way lighter then the wood. I need to find a different brand or type for the next project.

I’m disabled and in a wheelchair so I don’t shop for myself. I just have to rely on what ever my husband brings me back when I send him shopping unless I know an exact brand name and what store sells it. Most of the time I go online and order from home improvement stores and then just have him pick up my orders.

Knowl

-- Deborah, Nevada, www.knowlopportunities.com/about.html

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 11-26-2009 04:02 AM

I would suggest maybe counter sunk screws with wooden plugs next time. Keep up the good work

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-26-2009 04:32 AM

great first project .

it looks like it does the job ,
and i’m glad you are going to re-inforce it .

any help you need ,
just ask away .
and have a great holidays .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Knowl

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#5 posted 11-26-2009 08:35 PM

Thank you. I originally wanted to do “pocket screws” if that is the right word. But I didn’t have one of those little jigs that allow you to drill the holes in the proper angle.

One thing I wonder is if you use that type of screwing style on 3/4” thick boards, will the size of the pocket holes weaken the boards? It seems like it would take a lot of the strength out of the legs if you made holes in so much of the wood to put the screws in. I had also thought of using more of a mortisse type connection.

My next project is going to be two bench seats with storage for large pots under the seats to create a breakfst nook in my small eat in kitchen. I have bought piano hinges for the seats to be able to open Does this seem like the proper hinge for what I want to do? Thanks Knowl

-- Deborah, Nevada, www.knowlopportunities.com/about.html

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#6 posted 11-27-2009 01:02 AM

Hi Deb,

I didn’t realize your TV weighted 100 lbs. Now I am worried about you not putting the braces on that you talked about.

I wonder if you could find some small wrought iron bookshelf brackets to put on it. If you can you might even be able to do that without even taking the TV off.

Here’s what I had in mind.

Another idea would be to put another piece of 4” wide plywood across the back to join the two back legs and then screw through that to the wall studs.

I’m just worried about those joints giving out if you have a small earthquake or something and your TV landing face down on top of you and or husband.

Take care,

Bothus

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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Knowl

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#7 posted 11-27-2009 01:25 AM

That is a great idea. Thank you. I think it would look much nicer then what I had originally planned. However it would take quite a bit to make that TV fall. It’s very sturdy even though it doesn’t look like it would be. And the weight of the TV makes it even more so. I have grabbed the TV and shook it and it doens’t even move. But I do believe that over time it could all loosen up just from moisture and normal expansion and contraction.

The TV stand was a temporary piece of furniture just for staging purposes while we have the house up for sale. To make it look more roomy in the living room. After we move I plan on either creating a new piece or using the original entertainment center again, depending on the amount of room we have in the new livingroom.

Thanks again, Knowl

-- Deborah, Nevada, www.knowlopportunities.com/about.html

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johnpoolesc

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#8 posted 11-27-2009 01:33 AM

great 1st project.. a tool i just picked up that helps with that type of joinery is a pocket hole jig. ten times faster then mortise and tennon and way strong. you will find with time that nails are only good to hold a joint together while the glue dries.. when you move the joint, nails tend to loosen.. if hubby doesn’t do a good job shopping, use his card and go online.. (he’ll improve)..

again, great start, thanks for sharing

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#9 posted 11-27-2009 01:41 AM

My first project was a cinder block with a piece of plywd sitting on it…:)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Knowl

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#10 posted 11-27-2009 07:12 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions and encouragement. I also love your statement miles125 of Architecture is frozen music. To me that makes the best description of the art of building designs. I showed your drawing, bothus, to my husband of the rod iron brackets and he also likes that idea. Hopefully he can find some. I explaiined to him the length they would need to be so that two could fit in the width of the top shelf. Thanks, Knowl

-- Deborah, Nevada, www.knowlopportunities.com/about.html

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