TV Stand/Credenza with shhhhhh,…. two secret compartment jewelry boxes

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Project by CampD posted 01-23-2016 04:20 PM 5732 views 22 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This TV stand is a complement piece to my bedroom bedside table/nightstand After I had finished the bedside nightstand, the wife liked the idea of the hidden compartment and mentioned that she’d like a place to hide her more valuable pieces of jewelry with the intent that they’d be more out of sight when we traveled for extended periods of time. I already had this piece on the drawing board, so I just incorporated the two hidden compartments with the addition of the two removable jewelry/valet boxes.

I designed and built this to be as true to an early Stickley design as I could, but with my design touches. The case is solid quarter sawn white oak, raised panel doors and side panels – I hand-planned the rabbits on the side panels just for practice. The top has full length splines joining the top boards together. The bottom, back and center divider are oak ply – I like to add some ply for added strength. All plywood panels are let-in to dados with no exposed ply edges. All joinery is traditional mortise and tenon with oak plugs.

solid ¾ oak front with ½ hard maple sides, maple has some curl and figure. Hand-cut dovetails. I added a little 21st century touch, with the addition of soft-close hidden drawer slides. Finish on the maple is brown transtint dye with one coat of BLO.

This maybe my new favorite finish for white oak. One coat of Hand rubbed dark walnut stain – from a can. One coat of hand rubbed BLO and finally two coats of brushed amber shellac – again from a can and 220 sanded in between coats. all finish was applied before assembly. This process is more time consuming but produces a far superior finish, but is actually easier to apply on an assembly with this many angles and pieces than it is after final assembly. The plus is, that during assembly glue-up the glue squeeze-out clean-up is a breeze.

Secret compartments
½ baltic birch plywood for strength and stability with magnetic catches and keyed-alike locks. Same transtint dye and BLO for the finish.

His and hers jewelry boxes
Again, I built them to an early 20th century style. I made the case parts thinner than normal to maximize inside space, my thinking is they really aren’t going to get much abuse – well, it’s also what I had in the scrap bin. 3/8 quarter-sawn white oak sides joined with corner splines, ¼ floating bottom and full ¼ top. The same finishing process was used as was on the cabinet, except it was done after assembly. Felt lining and curly maple dividers. I haven’t fully decided which style of catches I’ll use yet.

Since I finished these pieces, I’ve gotten requests for other pieces of furniture with these types of hidden compartments, so stay tuned for what I come up with next, Thanks for looking!

-- Doug...

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#1 posted 01-23-2016 04:43 PM

That is a fine example of quarter sawn oak and a beautiful piece of furniture. I also finish before assembly, like you said, a better finish and clean up a breeze.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 01-23-2016 05:00 PM

Great wood and great project, cool idea on the hidden jewelry compartment.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 01-23-2016 05:28 PM

I like that rustic design. Wood also looks old-very nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-23-2016 05:34 PM

Beautiful wood ! I’m guessing quartersawn oak but some of it is so vivid it almost looks like lacewood. (How did you find it?) You did it proud. I also like the hidden compartments. They are handy for more than jewelry.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#5 posted 01-23-2016 05:49 PM

Beautiful wood ! I m guessing quartersawn oak but some of it is so vivid it almost looks like lacewood. (How did you find it?) You did it proud. I also like the hidden compartments. They are handy for more than jewelry.

- calisdad

It’s all quatersawn white oak, got it at my local hardwood supplier. It’s the finishing process that really brings out the fleck/rays of the oak, once you apply the BLO it shines!
Yes the boxes could fit other “special” items.

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 01-23-2016 08:25 PM

looks great nice wood

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#7 posted 01-23-2016 09:29 PM

Beautiful piece of furniture, the fleck/rays are outstanding!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 01-23-2016 09:47 PM

Very cool,a excellent piece ,the quarter swan owk tops it off,Beatuful.


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#9 posted 01-23-2016 10:17 PM

Beautifully done.

-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 01-23-2016 10:34 PM

This is a fantastic piece. I wouldn’t be able to go to sleep with it in the bedroom because I wouldn’t be able to close my eyes due to looking at it. Outstanding!

P.S. I may try your finishing formula. :)

-- Art

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#11 posted 01-23-2016 11:27 PM

I’ve tried so many combos to try an achieve the antique look on white oak and this process is what I was looking for. I think it’ll age beautifully.
I noticed I didn’t have a pic of the cab with the doors open and the hidden compartment closed. I’ll have to take and add it.

-- Doug...

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#12 posted 01-24-2016 12:52 AM

Amazing looking wood. I totally love that quarter sawn oak.

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#13 posted 01-24-2016 01:24 AM

VERY nice.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 01-24-2016 02:17 AM

Man that’s a great looking TV cabinet! I love A&C furniture, and you really did it proud! And that ray fleck really pops!

The finishing process I’ve had some success with involves applying a water-based dye, then sanding it back. Apparently the rays are denser and don’t absorb much dye. Then apply an oil-based stain, then finish with shellac. It’s a lot of work, but your system sounds intriguing—and it’s hard to argue with your results!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#15 posted 01-24-2016 03:13 AM

I think that’s the best looking quartersawn oak I’ve ever seen. Well made.

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