|Project by Knowl||posted 11-25-2009 09:25 PM||4202 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
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.
-- Deborah, Nevada, www.knowlopportunities.com/about.html