First project :)

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Project by David W posted 03-29-2015 11:01 PM 2148 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finally getting my shop set up it was recently broken into, and I’ve spent the last few weeks replacing most of the things that were taken or damaged. As a result I have not been very productive to say the least. Using the few remaining tools I had, pretty much a skill saw,mitre saw and Drill :( , I decided to make something to keep my mind from imploding. The first project to come out of my little shop with no small amount of swearing and throwing stuff is this 56” Red Oak T.V. stand based on a design by David Radtke(remodeler,cabinet maker). I’m self teaching myself as I go, so I spend a lot of time looking up how to do things as I progress through a build. As a result, it takes me quite a bit longer than most to finish a simple project and I redo pieces frequently. I’m learning quite a bit as I struggle along and having a supportive wife makes me feel less crappy about all the small mistakes I make. The finish used was a dark walnut Danish Oil( even though it doesn’t look very dark to me?) and a top coat of Minwax wipe on poly. I’m kinda happy with the way it turned out and I’m sure I’ll get better as I learn more.(hopefully :) ) Sorry i don’t have any real pics of the various stages, I just never seemed to remember to break out my phone to snap any.

Play safe LumberJocks :)

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#1 posted 03-29-2015 11:30 PM

Very Nice.

-- Be yourself everyone else is already taken.

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#2 posted 03-29-2015 11:40 PM

Looks great. Sorry to hear about your shop being broken into.

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 12:00 AM

Nicely done. Particularly impressive with only a skil saw, mitre saw, and drill.

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David W

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 12:28 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone :). Hopefully the insurance company gets back to me soon so i can replace my stuff and get to work on the wall to wall bookshelf/Display shelf my wife wants me to design for her.

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#5 posted 03-30-2015 02:43 AM

I like the inward tapering front legs. It gives it a little something extra.

-- Nathan, Fort Worth TX

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#6 posted 03-30-2015 09:07 PM

You did a fine job. Looks great!

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#7 posted 03-31-2015 02:41 AM

Very nice for a first real project. When you get tooled up again, I look forward to seeing some great stuff.

I can see that you might have learned something that I learned when finishing a similar piece of furniture. Are the drawer fronts made of oak veneer plywood? It always tends to stain a bit lighter than solid oak. It could just be the fuzziness of the pictures, but they look like the drawer fronts are lighter.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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David W

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#8 posted 03-31-2015 03:05 AM

Not sure how to reply to a post so i just put this here.
@ CueballRosendaul – Yes, the drawer fronts were done with veneered plywood which I then edge banded. I wanted the contrast in colors as I thought it might give it some character. Not sure how successful it was but I like it. Thanks for the nice comment. Everyone around here has been really kind to me.

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#9 posted 03-31-2015 03:08 AM

Nice job….

-- I don't think I'm ever more "aware" than I am right after I hit my thumb with a hammer. Questions about solid surface? Just ask.

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#10 posted 03-31-2015 02:23 PM

I really like the design you used. The craftsmanship looks crisp and clean

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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