Arts and Crafts TV Stand

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 484 days ago 2083 views 25 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tv stand I made for our home last year(1st pic) led to a couple of recent commissions. Of course they didn’t really have a tv stand in Stickley’s day, so it’ really just a down-sized sideboard. This is the first piece I ever drew up on graph paper and designed myself. Of course, most everything A&C has been done before. I just borrowed elements from different sideboards I liked. People seem to like the legs. They are probably Greene & Greene/Japanese inspired.

Details: Of course its made of quartersawn white oak. The outer shells are all solid wood, mortise and tenon joinery. The dividers and shelves are cabinet grade qswo plywood. The poplar drawers are made with locking rabbets. Drawers are also fitted with dividers to accommodate dvds and cds. Also drawers have full extension ball-bearing slides. Usually I like wood slides, these are better suited in this case. Finish is watco dark walnut danish oil and satin poly.

The latest two I made were for the same couple I made a sideboard for. Every time I deliver one piece, they order a couple more. It was rewarding to see my work come together in their home (last pic).

Questions and comments always welcome. Peace out, Red

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#1 posted 484 days ago

Wow! Awesome work. Pretty cool to have your hobby pay back some tool money. Your my hero Big Red.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 484 days ago

I like the inset doors and drawers looks great.
That is a good piece to show off for new work.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#3 posted 484 days ago

Top notch stuff. The wood, design, and construction all look great.

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#4 posted 484 days ago

Awsome effort

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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#5 posted 484 days ago

That 1/4 sawn is beautiful…that grain just pops…

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 484 days ago

Pretty slick!

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#7 posted 484 days ago

Very nice work. Looks great

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#8 posted 484 days ago

Derek, Ive seen where some will use a dark brown paste wax on their A&C pieces to give it a slight antique look. Have you ever tried it?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#9 posted 484 days ago

Those are both magnificant pieces and look so appropriate together. And you’ve done something I don’t and never have done well; and that is, to plan and orient the grain of each panel the same direction and correctly; praises to you. Your locking- rabet jointed drawers appear to be absolutely perfect.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#10 posted 484 days ago

All of your projects are first class. I love the look of this stand!

-- Robb

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#11 posted 484 days ago

wow..That oak is beautifull…and yes..the workmanship..awesome…Are the drawer fronts solid oak, if soo, must be some wide sticks your getting ?

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#12 posted 484 days ago

exceptional pieces!

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#13 posted 484 days ago

Gorgeous design and craftsmanship!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 484 days ago

Thanks for your kind comments guys.

lysdexic- I’ve never tried the brown paste wax, but it’s intriguing. When I started making A&C stuff, I wrestled with the finish a lot. Some folks say that in order to get the fumed oak look, you don’t want the ray and flecks to “pop” as much. If so, I guess I’m not going for fumed oak. I love the rays and flecks to “pop,” and so do my friends/clients. The danish oil works really well, but when i use it I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make the figure show even more. As for the poly, I just can’t ignore its durability.

Widdle- The drawer fronts are solid, as well as the side panels. But your right, it’s tough to get QS in wide pieces….with figure. Most of the these two tv stands came from the same log.

Handtooler- Trust me, there are a lot of things I need to improve on, but I have come a long way with grain selection and layout. It’s especially crucial with the QS stuff. I literally lay out most of the stock before I start, and mark parts with a lumber crayon. And I try to stay mindful of how its gonna lay out throughout the build.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#15 posted 484 days ago

Very nice BRK. I’m with Handtooler, I’m working on a towel cabinet right now out of QS red oak and I royally screwed the grain layouts :/. It’s not easy to do especially when you have a limited supply of wood. Still trying to get better at the lumberyard as far as picking boards that match goes.

-- Matt, Illinois,

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