|Project by Mark||posted 10-14-2012 11:19 PM||1147 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
This is my 3rd furniture project. I received the plans from www.thewoodwhisperer.com. Marc has posted the plan for download and 5 videos showing how to build this entertainment stand. My style slightly varies, but stuck to the plan for the most part. I made my piece with Maple that I bought from a local hardwood dealer. They delivered it to my house. The cost of the wood was approximately $300 in case you are considering building this. I had hoped to build this in Walnut, but the cost would have been more than double and using $300 in wood was nerve-wracking enough for me. I bought the 4” legs on ebay. My mistakes are my most valuable learning opportunities. I failed to place the top and bottom dados accurately and that caused re-work when I attempted my first dry fit. I wished I had more carefully selected the wood. My piece has knots in the front that I wish were more fluid without the knots. I wanted a contemporary style and I feel the knots detract from that. I purchased a shelf jig to drill holes for adjustable shelves. This made it super easy to install the shelves. The panels slide so that one section is always exposed. Prior to staining, I used Charles Neil blotch control. I followed this with 2 coats of minwax ipswich pine stain. I tested water-based colors and various stains before settling on the pine stain. I finished with 3 coats of semi-gloss Arm-R-Seal poly/oil topcoat. Overall, I am super pleased. I worked mostly weekends at a very slow pace. The duration of the project was approximately 6 months from start to finish. I took several week breaks during this time. Some of this was due to frustration (innacurate dados) and some due to other commitments. I find the forums in this blog very helpful and I find Marc’s site to be the best site for me to see projects completed step-by-step.