Christmas Gifts 2012 - Adirondack Chair, TV Frame, Toy Box

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Project by Djstep posted 01-07-2013 04:40 AM 2581 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Christmas Gifts for 2012, luckily I had until this weekend to finish up the Toy Box.

TV Picture Frame – My sister mentioned in passing that she wanted one of these things about 6 months ago and was having a hard time finding a mount for her TV. Figured I would surprise her with a custom one and it ended up being a huge hit. Simple but very sturdy construction allowed me to mount the TV to the back board (after cutting holes for cords) and simply use some french cleats to attach the whole assembly to the wall. Worked great. I became interested in distressing/antiquing techniques for paint recently am happy to say that my girlfriend shared some interest and I think we found her a new hobby. Tried to use milk paint at first to get a chippy look but was having issues getting it to chip the way I wanted we wanted it do so we added some clear and dark waxes to get it grimy looking.

Adirondack Chair – Design for this chair came Quick and Easy Products and was my first real adventure in woodworking aside from some picture frames and the workbench. The magazine left some to be desired as far as instructions and dimensions but it all came together in the end. My dad was shocked to see it sitting on the porch! Have a few more ready to be assembled.

Toy Box – Said I wanted to make my niece a toy box one day and was told by the boss that the “one day” was to be sooner than I planned. So simple construction with pocket holes and some stub tenons. The panels are bead board framed in a simple trim. Tried out the Rockler torsion hinges and am quite pleased with the ease of mounting and operation. Price is steep but the lid will never slam on little fingers.

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 03:38 PM

great looking gifts.
i’ve been wanting to build a toy box maybe oneday.

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 03:21 AM

Nice TV frame, like the idea.

Did you do anything for ventilation? How much heat builds up?

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 01:02 PM

I cut a large portion of the back panel out during the TV install for cables and ventilation. There is also is about a 1/8th inch gap all around the TV. Seems to dissipate heat well enough, doesn’t get that much hotter than it did prior to mounting.

Another thing to consider is the speakers. I didn’t think about it when building it because I use a receiver at home. Luckily the speakers on this TV were forward facing. Think you would have to accommodate downward facing speakers by cutting slots in the inner and outer frames to reduced distortion.

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