"Treebeard" TV Stand

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Project by TZH posted 01-27-2012 11:18 PM 2525 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this tv stand “Treebeard” from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Our daughter snagged a 46” flat screen tv, and the stand she has it on is about ready to fall apart – scary! So, decided to make her a stand, and this is the result. Five different woods involved – the base is honey locust, the pedestals are douglas fir resin roots, the middle shelf is pine beetle kill ponderosa pine, the top is cottonwood, and the inlay is rocky mountain red juniper. All pieces are finished with 4 coats each of hand rubbed Minwax gloss poly with one coat of dewaxed shellac after the first poly coat. The top of the cottonwood piece is epoxy glaze – not really too happy with the way it came out – may need to do some more work to get it to where I want it to be. I routed out the oval in the top, filled it with quartz pieces from our property, sea shells from the shore at Old Saybrook, CT (my wife’s aunt has a cottage there), and pieces of turquoise my Mom and Dad gave me a long time ago. Filled the voids with epoxy glaze and voila. The bottom four pieces are held together by an all thread metal rod, and the top is held on by a “shelf” bracket which fits into a routed slot on the underside of the stand’s top. Works very well, hides the bracket, and holds it very tightly – just can’t lift the stand holding onto the ends of the top. Stands about 36” tall and is 48” wide at its widest. The top is almost 24” deep. Please forgive the poor photos – I ain’t no photographer, that’s for sure! Thanks for looking.



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#1 posted 01-27-2012 11:45 PM

That’s as unique as they come.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-27-2012 11:56 PM

Wonderful work.
I especially like the top.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 12:12 AM

That’s one badass TV stand! Looks like you are having fun with that epoxy. I like the “trunk” growing in the middle of the two slabs. Very creative indeed.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#4 posted 01-28-2012 01:45 AM

Beautiful workmanship. It’s great.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 01-28-2012 04:29 AM

now this is a very unique piece and i really love it, and i can feel your creative and your wifes creative spirit in this, your daughter must love this, what a wonderful gift to get from her dad…..if this is the type of work you do, im all for it, this is my kind of wood work…thank you…very inspiring…grizz

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#6 posted 01-28-2012 01:22 PM

This is a work of art! I love so many things about this. I hope the TV doesn’t cover all that great work on the top you did. What a great stand! Congrats!!!!!

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

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#7 posted 01-28-2012 01:35 PM

Thumbs up!

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#8 posted 01-28-2012 02:47 PM

What an eye catcher, I’m not sure what people are going to be looking at the TV or the stand. LOL

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#9 posted 01-29-2012 08:41 PM

Very cool! I do have a question, what is a “resin root”?

-- Rick

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#10 posted 01-29-2012 10:02 PM

Thanks, everyone, for the positive feedback. Daughter saw it for the first time last night and loved it (phew – one more load off my mind). She did put a condition on her acceptance of the gift, though – she said I’m required to sign it, but now I can’t decide where :). Rick, a resin root is a root ball that’s weathered over the years and literally (I don’t know how, but it does do this) turns to resin on the inside. The roots of this piece are very so old and weathered, I expected them to be totally dry on the inside. But when I drilled the “thru” hole to accommodate the all thread rod, and when I used my router planer to level off the tops and bottoms, the inside of the roots was literally soaked with resin. I don’t know if “resin root” is the actual “right” term used by others, but that’s what I call them. Hope that helps.



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#11 posted 01-30-2012 11:18 AM

I love it,the natural feel is pleasant as a summer day,and the inlay is beautifull.Shalom and a blessing

-- BarnwoodBARNEY Texas USA

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#12 posted 02-05-2012 11:20 PM

Very artistic, beautiful piece of work.

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#13 posted 02-05-2012 11:30 PM

Very unique piece. Beautiful

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#14 posted 11-15-2013 10:03 PM

Tolkien would approve. Even the Entwives would be moved by this. Truly a piece of art.

Come back to me! Come back to me! And say my stand is fair!!!

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