Cedar TV Cabinet

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Project by TheDane posted 02-17-2012 07:33 PM 4172 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We decided to get rid of the 11 year old projection TV that was taking up so much space in our family room, and replace it with something a little more contemporary.

We just needed a new piece of furniture to put it on, and it needed to match the coffee table, end tables, and lamps I built a few years ago.

This cabinet is actually based (loosely) on plans for a small outdoor table from Woodsmith (issue No. 136). The joinery (except for the frame & panel doors) was done mostly with pocket screws.

I used about $50 worth of kiln-dried Western Red Cedar for the cabinet, and plywood scraps I had stashed in the garden shed for the back and shelves. I gave everything a coat of shellac, scuff-sanded, and shot it with 3 coats of water-borne lacquer. Total cost to build and finish, including hardware, was around $100.00.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 02-17-2012 07:36 PM

Nice job. Great finish too. You did awesome. Wife should love it especially since the big tv is gone.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#2 posted 02-17-2012 07:44 PM

Great work and that finish looks fantastic. Well done

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#3 posted 02-17-2012 08:13 PM


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#4 posted 02-17-2012 10:56 PM

It sure makes the room look bigger!

This is the first time I have used shellac under lacquer … really pops the grain, and actually reduced the number of coats of lacquer (I had figured on 5, but quit after 3).


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 02-18-2012 01:36 AM

Fantastic TV cabinet.

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#6 posted 02-18-2012 01:49 AM

Nice work and the wood grain look nice.

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 06:35 PM

Nice work, looking really good.
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-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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