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Project by spamfilterman posted 09-09-2010 05:12 AM 8646 views 12 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My tv stand is finally done. It took a lot longer than I had hoped, but I think I’m happy with the results. This is easily my biggest and most ambitious project so far.

The majority of the box is mahogany plywood. The top is a solid mahogany glue-up. The drawer boxes are birch ply, and the back panels are also ply. This thing is dang heavy.
I used the self-closing/easy-closing undermount sliders for the drawers. They’re stupid expensive, but they’re awesome. You can’t really see them, and they’re really smooth.
The wood for the top has some nice character. I had trouble taking a good picture of it. It is the first glue-up I have attempted.
The drawer fronts took some time to make. As you can see, a wooden lip forms the drawer pull. I went through a few pieces of sandpaper on those. :-)
The finish is a couple coats of natual Watco danish oil, followed by some coats of Arm-r-Seal.
Thanks to my friends who helped me.

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 06:04 AM

Looks great! Very nice work. How did you make those drawer pulls, bandsaw? Thanks!

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 07:05 AM

Wow! You are the first person to eeever say that it took longer than he thought it would. Looks awesome!! Nothing like watching tv and letting your eyes drift down occasionally and admire the work.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 08:18 AM

Nice job! Very interesting drawer design.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 12:13 PM

Nice Work, I like the combo of Watco under Arm-R-Seal…...used it on my daughters toybox, and it has held up great. I also like the drawer pulls… you cut those on a bandsaw????

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 01:17 PM

those drawer pulls look tough, but make a very striking design. love it – i’m a big fan of integral pulls.

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 01:33 PM

looks good man

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#7 posted 09-09-2010 01:51 PM

That turned out really well. The color is awesome.

-- Blayne -- Stillwater, OK

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#8 posted 09-09-2010 02:30 PM

Nice stand, great drawer pulls

-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK,

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#9 posted 09-09-2010 02:33 PM

Great build, awesome top. Beautiful finish overall. Nice looking furniture.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 09-09-2010 03:34 PM

For the drawer pulls….

Each front is assembled from multiple pieces. The smaller fronts are 4 pieces:
- the large flat with the lip
- the smaller sloped piece
- a thin connecting strip that is glued between those two
- and a strip behind the back at the top to give it some strength (and the illusion of thickness)

So I shaped the lip and the big slope on my SCMS actually. I traced the profile on the top and bottom. Then using the depth stop on the miter saw, I made a cut down close to my line, scooted over the piece, changed the depth stop, cut, moved the piece, changed the depth stop, etc…. just did that a few times… :-)
That left the pieces stepped, which I spent a couple hours sanding. There’s probably a better way (maybe the bandsaw if I had one), but this seemed fairly safe.

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#11 posted 09-09-2010 04:08 PM

Where there’s a will there’s a way. I’m finding in all my experiments there’s no right or wrong. Just whatever works for you! Again, great job!

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#12 posted 09-10-2010 02:32 AM

I just have to make sure my wife doesn’t see this- OH will she want one!!!

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#13 posted 09-10-2010 04:36 AM

Beautiful color. Unique drawer pulls. I’ve never seen anything like them! Very nice.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#14 posted 09-13-2010 03:31 AM

I know what you mean about taking longer than you figured. It took me forever to come up with a design that would work for the one I built, and about 40 hours over several weeks to build it.

Like you I am big fan of watch under a varnish finish, especially on mahogany. It give the finish so much more depth.

I especially like corner treatment you gave the piece, it add a lot to the design.

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#15 posted 09-14-2010 01:26 AM

wonderful my friend it tuned out beautiful i think. i kept looking for you finished work to see how it turned out and then i just stumbled over it while meddling.

great work—love the pulls too

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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