|Project by tool_junkie||posted 03-04-2012 06:50 PM||2522 views||13 times favorited||24 comments|
Just finished my first major woodworking project – a media cabinet from woodsmith shop plans.
Many thanks to all those who helped me along the way, and special thanks to James Calpperton for his valuable advice on staining birch plywood.
The cabinet and the top is made of birch plywood; the face frame and doors are from “premium quality boards” from Menards (I think pine).
Cost: I didn’t keep track of every penny, but a safe estimate is less than $250 on material cost.
Tools Used: Mainly used a circular saw with a guide to cut all the cabinet parts. Router to make dados for the vertical and horizontal dividers of the cabinet. Used a friend’s table saw to cut the face frame parts and trim the top to correct dimensions. My table saw needed extension wings and didn’t support wide pieces to be cut.
Reasons I undertook this project: We needed a new media cabinet and equivalent size cabinets at furniture stores would cost around $600 to $800. So I thought I could do it much cheaper and better, and so this project started. Worked on it off and on (including no work on it for a few months) and a year later we have this nice cabinet sitting in our living room.
Stain Color: Half and Half mix of General Finishes Georgian Cherry and Java with three coats of Arm-R-Seal Semi Gloss. I wanted to keep it two tone but wife wanted it in all dark color and of course she won. You can see the two tone pictures here: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/30708
You can probably spot a few flaws in the pictures, but I am overall happy with it.
One down side though, the TV now sits a bit higher than we are used to, but that can be solved by buying new couches… oh wait, I mean, building new couches… LOL!