Sapele and Ebonized Walnut TV Stand

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Project by Reepss posted 825 days ago 3302 views 39 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The intent was to create a base where the legs appear to not touch the case and give the illusion of a floating case, topped with a floating top.

The Carcass is made from Sapele. It is dovetailed on the corners, and there are Air vents routed into the top surface. The doors are made from 1 single sapele board and was my first experience with flattening a board 14” wide. The doors are hung with barrel hinges and use a magnetic spring catch to open and close. The Sapele top is supported by 3 small ebonized walnut spacers to the carcass. The legs and stretchers are made from walnut which was ebonized with a Steel wool and vinegar mixture. All of the jointes are mortise and tenon. The carcass sits on 3 supports that attach to the curved stretchers. The finish is BLO and top coated with 2 coats of waterlox.

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#1 posted 824 days ago

Most excellent, I gotta build one of these for my TV room! Great job!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 824 days ago

You did a beautiful job. The design elements work perfectly with each other.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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#3 posted 824 days ago

I have to ask, why did you ebonize the walnut? I would imagine the walnut would not show it’s natural beauty with the black finish.

The project is a beauty never the less, very impressive. I would love to see what the shelves look like with components too.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#4 posted 824 days ago

Wow, it’s gorgeous, what a cool design.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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Charles Maxwell

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#5 posted 824 days ago

Superb design. Wonderful execution.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#6 posted 824 days ago

Great job love the flow of this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 824 days ago

Truly beautiful, great design, good color combination I love it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Tom Regnier

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#8 posted 824 days ago

You nailed the illusion of floating for sure…..great piece!

-- Rome wasn't built in a day..... it just looks that way!

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#9 posted 824 days ago

Beautiful cabinet. I like the floating effect you acheived.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 824 days ago

Very nice design and execution of the the floating affect. You really did a great job!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#11 posted 824 days ago

A super entertainment center and a good design.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 824 days ago

Excellent job on a wonderful design.
I like your bench and vise as well..

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#13 posted 824 days ago

Well done, indeed!!!!
I like the Japanese influences on the legs and the “floating” effect.
Well executed!!!!

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#14 posted 824 days ago

I am starting to like Asian designs. Very well done!

Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
(The greatest woodworking show since the invention of wood is now online!)

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#15 posted 824 days ago

Great work! I think you accomplished what you were after.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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