TV Stand

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Project by riverguy posted 630 days ago 1643 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Lovely Bride said we had to somehow make the rats-nest of wires and cables connecting all the TV components disappear. And we needed a TV stand. So I decided to build one from stuff I had been saving for years for “that special project.”

Since we live in a redwood and oak forest, how about a redwood and oak TV stand? I had some 60-year-old recycled redwood wall boards that needed to be run through the planer on both sides to remove the paint, and some oak trimmings from other jobs, so that’s how it began. The legs are fabricated as shown in the photos, the sub-woofer sits on its own nice, solid shelf and is open all around for good sound transmission. The DVD player, cable box and Roku sit on the shelf and the back of the shelf has a false wall with cable cutouts at the bottom. That piece is not attached to the cabinet, allowing for modification for later additions or changes of components and their cables. The compartment behind that false wall houses all of the cabling and routes only the TV Co-ax and the power cord to go to the wall outlet down through one of the legs. The speaker wires are routed through small holes in the top that come through underneath the speakers. Remember, not wires showing!

Inside the bottoms of the legs are casters whose wheels protrude only 1/4” below the legs. So the wheels are practically invisible, but the cabinet is easy to move about.

Anyway, I know redwood is not the ideal wood for cabinets or furniture, but in this instance, the cabinet is not in the path of heavy traffic or use, and hey, it was all free! It was a fun weekend project.

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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#1 posted 630 days ago

That is very nice looking—great job.

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#2 posted 630 days ago

Free is always good. Great job on this piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 630 days ago

Beautiful project. I always love the contrast of two very different woods.

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#4 posted 630 days ago

Thank you all for your kind words. After looking at some of the elegant, amazing work presented on this Forum, I’m reluctant to post projects like this, but I do it because it’s a simple piece any woodworker can build and change around to suit specific needs. This one is for a 50” TV, but it could be proportioned for any size.

I LOVE building just about any kind of furniture (or my lamps, too) out of two contrasting woods. I use a lot of African mahogany and wenge for that reason, and have made quite a bit of furniture out of AM and oak, too. I especially like using these woods on mid-century style furniture and craftsman-style pieces.

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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#5 posted 630 days ago

This is very cool.

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#6 posted 630 days ago

Great job, I really like the style.

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#7 posted 630 days ago

Beautiful Project Riverguy…. What is Redwood like to work with?

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#8 posted 630 days ago

awesome stand

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#9 posted 630 days ago

OK, THIS one gets a “favorites” tag! The better half is constantly wanting me to build something like this for our 47in. Currently we only have some cheap plastic laminated thing. I like the open space you built into this. I have some really big and old speaker units I want to design into mine and your design is giving me some ideas on how to do this. Thanks!

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#10 posted 629 days ago

Very nice solution for hiden cables. As long as Bride is happy.

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#11 posted 629 days ago

Staryder, redwood is definitely not what one would consider appropriate for furniture, but since this was mostly a fun project and this piece isn’t going to be subjected to any rough handling, I went with it. Redwood saws like butter. It is soft, so the saw goes through it with practically no resistance. It sands easily, but I use a belt sander all the way down to 120 grit and then finish with a random orbital, but with a very light touch or you’ll get that wavy look where the sander takes out the soft grain and leaves the hard.

It doesn’t splinter easily, so there is little tear-out with a sharp blade. It splits easily, so any screws need the correct size pilot hole. I’ve used it lots in construction, but this was a first in furniture!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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#12 posted 629 days ago

I like it. Great one.

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#13 posted 629 days ago

HorizontalMike, I left it open for two reasons. One is to avoid yet another space to fill with “stuff,” but mostly because my Lovely Bride thoroughly dislikes the appearance of speakers, and the thought of a sub-woofer stuck in a corner of the room was just not gonna work. So I made the sub a kind of part of the table, but it needs open space all around it for proper acoustics. Now if you have some old speakers that you want to disguise, you could make an acoustically transparent wood grille to hide them behind and make it out of a wood that matches or compliments your table. I may still do something like that with the sub in this table . . .

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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#14 posted 629 days ago

Crisp and neat. I like it very much.

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#15 posted 629 days ago

Wow – Love the style. Awesome craftsmanship.

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