Armoire/TV stand.

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Project by Chris posted 03-04-2013 01:35 AM 815 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My penance for purchasing some new tools was to build a armoire for my daughter. It will be used for clothes and a tv on top once I build the top part. This is the chest of drawers lower section.

It is red oak that I did not really want to stain but that is what she wanted. It is nothing fancy as I am still learning. The top is red oak ply with edge banding. Face is solid red oak as is the fronts. Sides are red oak ply also. Finish is red mag., and 2 coats clear gloss then 2 coats clear satin. Brushed on.

Part 2. The top will be 40 inches tall with doors to enclose the tv. I want it taller because later she may just want to use it as shirt/clothes storage like a closet.

I did not have plans, just kind of thought it up. I do not know what style this would go with but she and I like it.

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 01:45 AM

Staining the oak was a chore because it kept coming back out of the pores. I had to periodically wipe the bubbling mess until it stopped. Most of you probably already know this but I did not. Live and learn..

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 01:53 AM


This looks great – I’m glad you stuck with it and persevered!

Here’s a hint when staining oak – use a sanding sealer prior to staining. It seals those pores and provides a very consistent surface to apply stain to.

I really like either Zinnser’s “Bullseye” or Cabot’s “Quick Dry” sealers, but pretty much all of them work very well.

Good luck with the next one.

Great build!


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#3 posted 03-04-2013 02:27 AM

Thanks for the tips Bob.

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 02:35 AM

I did use minwax prestain conditioner on the wood first, but it did not seem to stop the oozing out. Maybe slowed it. I had to wipe it down with my stain rag for about an hour and a half after. I will try a sanding sealer next time. Thx.

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#5 posted 03-06-2013 05:21 PM

Turned out really pretty and I like it too. Very lucky daughter to have one and you should be proud in making it.

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#6 posted 03-06-2013 10:59 PM

Thx I appreciate that.

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