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Project by TZH posted 284 days ago 1921 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For our Son’s (that’s him in the last three photos trying to help put it together) birthday this year we decided to do another TV stand like we did for his Sister awhile back. This is the result.

The slab shelves are cottonwood stained with Rust-o-Leum cabernet and the pedestals are ponderosa pine stained with Minwax deep red-mahogany that is more brown than red (we wanted that for the contrast).

I don’t know about anyone else, but the more I work with cottonwood, the more I like the grain for these types of projects. It’s certainly not the easiest wood to work with, but when a crotch (third photo) is available, it can look like pretty incredible.

The challenge in creating something like this for me is to get the individual pieces to flow together. He’s happy with the results, and so am I because he’s happy.

Here are some photos of the work in progress:

My router planer was actually the most used tool in my workshop on this project. I’ve made a couple of modifications to it in order to accommodate larger pieces:

That took care of the width, but length was still an issue. So, I “stabilized” my long runners more and the results were very satisfactory:

Thanks for looking.



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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 284 days ago

Awesome job. Cottonwood is harder to work with, but it can produce beautiful results as well. Looks great.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 284 days ago

This really is showroom quality. Very beautiful piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 284 days ago

Totally unique. Good photo work up.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 284 days ago

It looks amazing!
How is it held together?

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#5 posted 284 days ago

Now THAT is a tv stand! Great job on this …. especially with the work you did on the pedestal’s. Just all flows together perfect.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#6 posted 284 days ago

Very cool! I love the way this turned out. You certainly made a really great piece there. My hat is off to you

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#7 posted 284 days ago

Thanks, everyone. BubingaBill, it’s held together by lag screws. The lower shelf has two 6” lag screws drilled down into the bottom pedestal (the holes for the screws are covered up by the middle pedestal). The middle pedestal is held in place by two 6” lag screws driven up through the bottom of the lower shelf (holes on the bottom are not visible. The top shelf is held in place like this:

The long white thing is a double shelf wall bracket I purchased at Home Depot. They’re rigid and are strong enough to support the shelf and more. I routed a slot in the bottom of the shelf to accommodate the bracket. Measuring for the slot is simply a matter of securing the bracket to the top of the pedestal using deck screws, placing the shelf on top of that, tracing with a pencil around the bracket, setting the depth of plunge on the router, placing guides to accommodate the diameter of the router base, and going to it. The final step is to secure the bracket to the bottom of the shelf by driving two deck screws up into the shelf, itself. The only concern is using screws long enough, but not too long to go up all the way through the shelf. This stand weighs in at a hefty 100 lbs. +/- a few lbs. So picking it up by the top shelf to move it anywhere is not an option.

Hope this helps.



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#8 posted 284 days ago

Love your projects with Natural form and Live Edge, too often Mother Nature’s real beauty ends up in the burn pile.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- 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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#9 posted 284 days ago

Incredible colour an design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 284 days ago

love the cottonwood use. Im going into my woods as we speak. who would have thunk it?

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#11 posted 284 days ago

what a fantastic piece, i usually dont care for staining woods, but this came out beautiful…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 284 days ago

great looking piece

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#13 posted 284 days ago

Great job.

Scrolling quickly, at first that second-to-last picture looked like one solid piece of wood and I thought – holy crap, is he carving an Egyptian coffin?

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#14 posted 284 days ago

What can I say…another awesome project from the shop of TZH. The attachment looks clean and does the job wonderfully. Who would have thought that old cottonwood was so beautiful. Thanks for sharing and keep hanging out in the shop.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#15 posted 284 days ago

WOW – daily top three! Didn’t expect that! Thanks everyone!



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