New wide screen TV - maybe....

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 09-03-2013 01:10 AM 1740 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I spend all “my” fun money on tools and wood. If it comes down to a TV or something to fix the house, the house comes first. Plus, my wife and I have this wealth building philosophy: If it still works, don’t spend the money on a new one. That is why I am still driving around in my 2001 Altima. And that is why I still have an old 32” tube TV.

This little project may remedy that problem. ;) I actually built it with a TV in mind.

The Body is Cedar that Jordan P very kindly gave me. Is that Western Cedar? I think so. Since the end grain on cedar seems to be a bit too porous for me, I found a thin off cut of Cherry to frame the top.

As to the slot on top, Well – I don’t really have a drill press yet and I didn’t own any chisels. I took the unimpressive route and dissected a slat of wood. I ran it vertically on the table saw several times (no Dado either). I used my sled to keep the pieces stable.

I said I didn’t own any chisels. I bought some starter chisels when I picked up the hardware up at Lowe’s (by the way – there’s got to be a better choice of small hardware someplace!). I cut some small grooves in the lid and and body top to fit the hinges. It came out better than expected but not perfect. The lid still doesn’t seat exactly. I’ll work on it.

I chose to sand the corners and edges to soften the appearance of the box.

Here is the thing that really caught me off guard. Even, this inexpensive Cedar has grain movement. I added one coat of tung oil mixed with mineral spirits. I learned this trick recently. It is supposed to allow the first coat to penetrate better. 2 more coats of hand rubbed Tung oil followed by three coats of “Oil and Urethane Top Coat” from General finishes and whamo! 3-D grain movement.

I suppose you can call this my first box although I view it as more of a collection box not worthy of being categorized as a box to be compared with the masterpieces I constantly see on parade here at LumberJocks. Still, the inspiration to try a real box, a box worthy of being called a LumberJock’s box has imbedded itself in my mind. I’m going to make one a reality but I’m going to pay very close attention to the boxes with fitted lids before I start.

Now to the change at the bottom of the box. Apparently my 12 year old angel, Victoria, is tired of the old tube TV. That’s her first day contribution. I love that little girls heart!

Thank for looking and teaching me something about chisels! I thought I had enough info to at least try. Jordan – Thanks for the Cedar my friend!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 01:21 AM

LOVE the enthusiasm! I think your box is nice, and I hope you fill it quickly. Big, flat screen TVs have really dropped in price, and you can get a pretty big one for $600 or so. Keep up the good work!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 01:34 AM

thats the way to do it
make it a family event

although around here
mine would be full of I.O.U’s

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 01:45 AM

I think you’ll have a new TV in no time flat. Nice Job.

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 01:53 AM

Thank you kindly Jerry! I think that box will fit $600. My dream is to actually find out. – ;)
David – Good to see you around. Don’t build any boxes for IOU’s. LOL. You may end up with enough IOU’s to buy a TV but I see a problem with using those for currency.

You two are a prime example of fine box builders. David, my jaw hurts from it hitting the floor after seeing some of your creations.

Thanks for the kind comment Carver!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#5 posted 09-03-2013 03:45 AM

Hi Mark. Nothing wrong with being frugal. We had a 34 yr old dryer!
that is a nice bank. I hope it fills fast. If you put in 10’s and 20’s it will hold a whole lot more than $600.
Maybe when it is full, yo can call it the tool fund! and find a nice used flat screen TV that you can share the wealth on!!Estate sales are great for some nice TV’s with not many miles on them.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 11:01 AM


Everyone who builds Boxes, had to build a first one.

Some are for Jewelry, Tools or Tea or even to hold there Phone
Yours is an especially special, ‘specialty box’, with a purpose all it’s own.

Heck, that box is Big enough to hold a College Fund.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 09-03-2013 11:35 AM

Gotta tickle you Mark that your daughter was first to donate… nice. Hope it fills up fast bud

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 09-03-2013 04:15 PM


Nice build on the “piggy bank”....Keep putting them pennies in there….You’ll eventually get there with the TV purchase….. But….you do know if you buy a big, flatscreen TV, you got to have an entertainment center to go with it…...Example: Go to my Projects page and look at the e.c. I built for this couple when they bought their “big” flat screen….....That means you can’t buy any more rozen or strings for your fiddles…!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#9 posted 09-03-2013 09:14 PM

Good job, good approach and good luck! You’ll be surprised how fast a daily contribution of your loose change at the end of the day will add up.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 09-03-2013 09:58 PM

Excellent job. Now, fill ‘er up.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 09-03-2013 11:16 PM

Jim, you say frugal, my brother in law calls me cheap. I just replaced the heating element in the dryer. It was nothing $25 bucks couldn’t fix. That and YouTube. ;)

You know Len, I wasn’t thinking “box” when I built it but I suppose it qualifies. What’s funny is that my main project is the end table. I just knew I wanted a collection box for the tv so I began to just cut the wood. No measurements, just a setting the table saw up with the fence and started cutting. I just said “that looks big enough for a tv.” I just built in between glue ups on my end table.

Thanks Buster! I thought my daughter’s donation was cute and heartwarming all at the same time.

Rick, love that entertainment center! Love the woofer hole. Brilliant! On the othe hand. Bite your tongue! I had to cover my fiddle’s ears.

John and Jim – thanks guys. I can’t believe that I happily picked a nasty dime off the ground today.

Thanks much my friends!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Rick Dennington

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#12 posted 09-04-2013 01:17 AM


The next time you’re playing a gig for bucks, set you up a “Tips” jar, and fill that piggy bank up with tip money…..Remember…..In order to get tips, you have to play request….Like Orange Blossom Special, Maiden’s Prayer, Waltz across Texas, and of course the stand by…..Faded Love….lol….

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#13 posted 09-05-2013 12:41 AM

Hey Rick, but everyone has to know those tunes. In order of non-Irish tunes the audience requests – Devil went down to Georgia, freebird, and OBS. ;) I never spent the time making an Irish fiddle tune out of freebird but it might be a hoot.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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