|Project by Renaissance_Man||posted 02-14-2017 09:15 PM||256 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
My eldest stepson got a new TV and gifted us with his old one, which was too wide for our existing entertainment center (a second hand cheap particle board big box special). So I built a new one. Nothing fancy. It’s 1/2 inch birch plywood and resawn common pine from Home Depot, held together with glue, brad nails, and a few Spax screws holding the two middle shelves in place. There are some pocket holes in one non-structural area. It’s my first foray into anything with a face frame.
It’s very much paint grade. I like stuff that’s stained, but inevitably I make mistakes, and then I gotta putty, and there goes the idea of stain. Still, it turned out fairly well. I hate stuff that sits out from the wall, so it’s made to fit over the baseboard and there’s a hole in the back with notches in the shelves for the wires, and it sits more or less flat against the wall. The top, sides, and shelves are the plywood. The back is a piece of 3/16 floor underlayment. Really like that stuff. It’s cheap, smooth on both sides, and has few voids. I am not a fan of MDF or hardboard.
As usual with stuff I build, it’s a bit out of square (in my defense, the square I used up until this project … wasn’t). Something shifted during assembly and I didn’t find out until after the glue had dried. However it’s barely noticeable on a hard floor and not at all on carpet. Still, I had to use some putty and sanding/planing to try and fix everything not quite lining up (1/16 error or so in a couple of places now puttied and hidden under paint).
Lastly, this is the first project I got to use my recently acquired Stanley Sweetheart low angle block plane on. Very pleased with it, but on the other hand, I have scant experience with planes. Still, it worked great right out of the box.