My Second Project: Poplar TV Stand

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Project by thefrozenwoodworker posted 03-01-2013 10:20 PM 4141 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second woodworking project after my bench. You may notice some similar design elements :) After our TV stand was broken, all other projects were set aside and this became project #2, despite my protests that I was nowhere near furniture-level work. Trial by fire. All hand-tools, hand-sawn, chopped mortises, chiseled tenons, and hand-planed.
There are 11 screws total: 8 to hold the top on with small blocks, and 3 for added support between the bottom stretcher and the shelf. The rest is mortise & tenon skirts to legs, with a small dove-tailed stretcher at the bottom. Haunched upper tenons.
I might have liked it more in the “natural” color of the poplar. It shows off novice joinery, but it is pleasing to have something in your mind appear as a physical object :)
Feel free to offer suggestions on design / flaws. I enjoy the input from this community, and I learn a lot from others comments.

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 10:36 PM

I think you did an excellent job on the staining and the build looks very good as well. A great project for you new bench.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 11:55 PM

Nice job for a second project…I like the stain…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 02:08 AM

Looks great!

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 03:41 PM

Nice joinery, but I’m most impressed by the finish – it’s hard to make poplar look that good

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 03-03-2013 12:38 AM

Very impressive finish. I plan on doing most of my projects out of poplar and am very curious as to what your finishing technique was. Did you use any form of pre-sealing treatment like shellac? Also what type of stain did you use?

-- paxorion

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#6 posted 03-03-2013 01:53 PM

Paxorion: this is Minwax “red mahogany” 2 coats, and Minwax paste wax two coats. I didn’t get the preconditioner, looking back I should have tried a sample with that. It doesn’t show up in the picture, but one whole skirt just didn’t take the stain well. I would say there are bands of very “thirsty” wood and others so tight the stain didn’t absorb well at all, and it totally depends on the cuts you select or have available. I will try to take another picture of the more “blotchy” areas for you. I would try the actual pre-stain conditioner on a sample. And do a bigger test piece if you can as our test piece was small and didn’t exhibit much blotching

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