The TV Stand is finally complete. I am pleased with how it turned out and want to thank all those who gave me design and construction advice. In particular Chris Wong, Matt Gradwohl and Scott Meek from Woodchat as well as Mark Spagnuolo. Thanks also to everyone who has spent the time to create great woodworking instruction and content online.
Now for the good stuff. This is an original design and is constructed from solid cherry and maple with a few walnut accents. Everything is finished with shellac and a wee bit of paste wax.
100+ individual parts.
60+ mortise and tenon joints
~50bf of Cherry and Maple
The same board was used for the drawer fronts as well as the panels on the sides and back, with the best bits used for the drawers.
The top is split to allow cables from the TV to pass through into the case. I trimmed the sapwood, following the grain, to mimic a live edge and provide clearance for plugs. The amount of figure in the top was a pleasant surprise.
Breadboard end worked well as the two boards are not connected to each other.
The entire case is frame and panel construction. I like the way this looks but it certainly made this a much more complex piece.
The top is held on with screws through the top blade at the front and a dozen shopmade wooden cleats.
I made the drawer pulls from some scrap walnut. They are a simple design but I didn't want anything that would distract from the figure of the drawer fronts.
The drawers are a dowel reinforced rabbet construction and ride on a center guide made of maple. All of the drawer sides and backs were re-sawn from 6/4 maple stock. (Note- It is possible to re-saw just over 7" on a std jet 14" bandsaw)
The back is of the same construction as the rest of the case and I tried to use as nice a wood as possible as the location that this piece will be in leaves the back visible.
The back panel for the center shelf is vented, as is the shelf above it. This is to prevent the receiver from overheating.
Wiring is accommodated by the split top and by oval holes through the back edge of all the shelves/dust frames.
All set up and ready to go.