|Project by Dinger||posted 03-18-2012 01:29 AM||1879 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
This was my very first piece of furniture. My wife and I walking through our local cheap-o furniture mega-store when we spotted their version of this piece. Then I uttered the famous last words: “I could build that!” I didn’t like their color and I DESPISE veneer covered particle board and then have someone charge me $300 bucks for it. So my wife encouraged me to do it! We needed it for our media for our tv and more room for decor. We both win.
The shelves are made of various widths of red oak plywood trimmed with 1×2 red oak attached with biscuit joints in front. The stiles are 1×3 red oak with 1×2 rails attached with pocket screws. The shelves are then attached with biscuit joints to the side panels. If I could do it again I would have used a dado for each of the shelves. I think that would’ve made it far more sturdy. It has a bit of side to side wobble. The copied piece used another set of 1×3’s perpendicular to the rear stiles, probably to prevent this :) One feature I did copy from the original is the inverted top shelf to complete the illusion of thick shelves. The finish is a dark walnut stain followed by a light sanding and a brown mahogany gel stain (which I’m fairly certain could be achieved with Minwax’s English Chestnut, but whatever) followed by two coats of poly. I have a lot to learn about finishing!
The was my first big project and it was a blast. My wife came out to see the finished project and said “Wow, you know how to do that?” Always the tone of surprise :) My next few projects will be some shop furniture that is desperately needed. Thanks for looking. Any pointers or thought would be GREATLY appreciated.
-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."