|Project by JeffK||posted 2240 days ago||8126 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
This project is responsible for my introduction into woodworking. My wife saw a TV stand/entertainment center in a Pottery Barn magazine that she liked, problem was, it cost around $1000. It was a pretty simple design, and my wife liked the dark color. I have a few friends that are woodworking enthusiasts, so I asked if they would be willing to help me build it….in their shops. :-) They were all receptive, but we couldn’t work out the logistics…I wanted to build it for my wife for our first anniversary. Since I couldn’t build it in time, I convinced my wife that she should buy me a table saw, and I would build her entertainment center.
So, I went to sears and spent $200 on a table saw. I ran into a few problems with that saw along the way. I ended up using three different saws to build the TV stand. I really like Sears tools, but their ~$200 table saws aren’t the best for building furniture. I will say they were great about me returning three different saws over the course of 6 months. I’ve since sold my last sears model and purchased the Ridgid TS3650.
I finished the TV stand in November of 2006….just in time to buy a new TV on “Black Friday.” I have since started on the two towers that will sit next to it….Another project on it’s way…
It’s a pretty basic design made of Poplar posts and face frame, with white birch plywood for the shelves. The guys at Austin Fine Lumber and Hardwood are fantastic, I picked out some 2” rough cut poplar and my salesman ran it through the planer himself to get me as close to 2” as possible, because I wanted the face frame and post’s widths to match. I used Dowels on the face frame joints, and I cut a blades’ width notch out of the face frame to support the plywood shelves. In hindsight…I would have re-thought my plans a bit. It was a pretty tough final assembly and glue-up. I wish I would have invested in a pocket-hole jig. My father-in-law loaned me a dowel jig, so that’s what I went with. I’m not looking forward to the final assembly of the two towers! :-)
I stained it with two coats of Olympic mocha brown wood stain, and three coats of semi-gloss Poly.
All-in-all…I’m pretty happy with it. I had never used a table saw before this project, so I learned a ton! I really only used the table saw and miter saw for the project, since I bought pre-milled face frame.
-- JeffK, Austn, TX "I’m happy to say 'I would have done it differently,' because that means I did it in the first place!"