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Project by dbray45 posted 04-10-2015 02:53 PM 1294 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this a while ago but didn’t get around to putting it up here. It is all ash. The shelves are fixed using running dovetails. A note about these – if are going to do them and make them tight, you better have at least a 5 lbs sledge hammer ready. The first I did were a little loose and glued them up without a problem. The third, it is glued and that is where the sledge came to bear. It stopped half way in and stayed there. After a little persuasion, it went in correctly. After that, the glue was was not used (or required) for the rest of the shelves.

I made a piece of molding for the apron or base but my wife didn’t want them on there.

The shuttered doors were made by hand – a chisel – to set the slats.

Thanks for looking.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#1 posted 04-10-2015 02:56 PM

Really nice! How long did it take? I agree with your wife—without the moulding you can clean the floor better!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#2 posted 04-10-2015 03:47 PM

The shelves took about 12 hours – mostly routing the dovetails and making the edge moldings (hand planed ash). The console took about 10 hours. Making the shuttered doors was the longest. There is some reinforcement under the console because the TV weighs about 50 lbs. and there was pressure on the top of the doors from the weight. There is a molding under the bridge part that will support the bridge but it is secondary, held everything up while I bolted everything together.

The finish took about a week or two, three coats of semi-gloss poly.

The console is on casters so I can pull it out anytime I need to get in back.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 04-10-2015 07:16 PM

That is very nice and makes a great addition to your home.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 04-10-2015 10:51 PM

Nicely done and looks great!

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 12:28 PM

Thanks guys.

The special order ash plywood had some issues, I guess it is the times that we live. When I put the TV on the top, a chunk of the veneer caved in. It seems that several knot holes in the substrates aligned allowing a substantial hole – which had to be filled and repaired.

Another mistake I made, I had the vendor make initial cuts to make my life easier – I have limited space and full sheets of ply are really difficult and dangerous. In doing this, I overlooked the inspection phase. Had these not been cut, I would not have accepted them, they were dirty, had footprints, etc… The response from the vendor, “Well, you could always paint it!” My reply – First and last time I buy this crap from you!

-- David in Damascus, MD

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