Most of my time lately has been putting finish on parts and beginning to glue up sub-assemblies. So far I am really happy with how much easier it is to finish the individual parts.
Blue tape does a good job keeping the shellac off of the tenons. I have been applying the shellac with a brush and then wet sanding with 320 and progressively finer scotch brite pads. I have found that the pads resist clogging much better than sand paper does, but the 320 does the initial leveling a bit faster. As long as I keep the 320 grit lubricated with mineral spirits its seems to work ok.
The end assemblies are finished and glued up. I am pleased with the overall look.
The back frame is glued up and I am in the process of getting finish on that. Luckily, 4 of the 5 panels can be removed for that process.
I finally got around to buying a spoke shave. Found one on Ebay for $20. A few minutes of tuning on a diamond plate and it was ready to go. The XX Coarse DMT Dia-Sharp plate is awesome. It cuts much faster than the X Coarse Duo-Sharp.
I have also made and fitted the drawer guides into the shelf assemblies. I ended up just cutting the mortises for those by hand with a chisel and router plane. It was probably faster than setting up a jig for the router and I had a lot more control over the results.
Dry fit and ready to go. I am thinking about just attaching them with two screws so that they could be removed/replaced in the future if needed.
Now that the TV stand is really starting to come together and most of the details have been worked out, I have been starting to think about the next project... next furniture project anyway. There are a few house projects that are higher on the list. The pictures above are of a Birdseye maple dresser that my wife would like a matching side table for. I don't plan on trying to duplicate the carved details but I think that the leg profile and some of the trim details will be included. I need to get a good picture of the top, it has pretty heavy figure that looks terrific. Whenever I get far enough along on this design to need lumber I think I will probably be calling the guys at Bell Forest Products as they seem to know there way around Birdseye maple.