Shop TV Cabinet

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Project by chrisstef posted 05-16-2016 03:36 PM 1774 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife was kind enough to buy me a tv for the shop as a valentines day gift. As soon as I got it I wanted to build something to keep the dust out and to christen the “new” shop with.

The carcass and door frames are all cherry and the center panels are bookmatched curly birch. Carcass joinery is dovetailed and the doors are cope and stick Face frame over the top. Finish was a bit more involved than should have been for a shop project. It consists of a coat of brown dye sanded almost all the way back, then a coat of early American maple dye, wash coat of shellac, 3 coats of gloss poly rubbed out with conservators wax and synthetic steel wool. Overall dimensions are 44” wide x 28” tall x 6” deep.

There’s some mistakes of course but overall I’m happy and I was able to prove to myself I can build some nicer things (even if it takes me 3 months). The cope and stick doors were a first for me as well as bookmatching thin panels. In the future ill probably shy away from bookmatching figured lumber. The figure hides the boookmatch and the tear out off the planer was awful. My thumbs are still burnt from all the card scraping.

Thanks for looking.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#1 posted 05-16-2016 03:41 PM

Dang Stef! Deluxe tv cabinet! That will really give he shop a nice touch of man cave pimpness. Your finishing skills are getting pretty advanced man.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 03:41 PM

Very cool Stef. If I had a TV in my shop, I might be out there more often. Don’t think I would get any more work done though!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 05-16-2016 03:42 PM

Nice! Hey nothing wrong with a couple really nice looking pieces of shop furniture, did an awesome job on that finish.

-- How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 03:44 PM

That really turned out good. The shop and it’s upgrades are starting to come together. Won’t be long now, and it will be nicer than the upstairs.

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#5 posted 05-16-2016 03:51 PM

At least it didn’t take as long as the bench.

Prett sweet by the way.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 05-16-2016 04:02 PM

That come together nicely. You just need some tool cabinets on either side to match.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 05-16-2016 04:02 PM

Stone cold stunner. Awesome job, Demo.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#8 posted 05-16-2016 04:20 PM

Great Job, Next on the list a nice easy chair?

-- Putty

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#9 posted 05-16-2016 04:21 PM

Beautiful results from your skillful work.

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 05-16-2016 05:43 PM

Whoa, lookin good!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#11 posted 05-16-2016 06:58 PM

Nicely done Stef!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#12 posted 05-16-2016 07:08 PM

Beautiful cabinet Stef. When you inviting me over to watch TV?

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#13 posted 05-16-2016 07:23 PM

Good looking cabinet, Stef.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#14 posted 05-16-2016 07:40 PM

Thanks everyone, its much appreciated.

Bob, youre welcome anytime brother. Netflix and chill?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#15 posted 05-16-2016 08:37 PM

Shouldn’t even bother putting a TV in there, looking at that is better than what’s on the tube most of the time anyway! Great job!

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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