Simple TV Shelf

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Project by Dave Pearce posted 02-18-2010 05:29 PM 2762 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This shelf came about because we needed something that allowed us to put the VCR and DVD player underneath the flat panel tv we had on our dresser. The DVD player and the VCR were both different in height and the base of the tv was a little too wide (not to mention, heavy) to try and balance on one or the other. The DVD player and VCR fit neatly inside while the tv sits on top.

The shelf is made from rough sawn cherry, and everything from the initial flattening, jointing, cutting, and joinery was done using hand tools only. I decided I wanted to complete something without resorting to power tools for once. Initially, I wanted to dovetail the ends, but I was short on wood, and instead opted to rabbet the joints together. The center divider is set into a dado which I made using a crosscut saw and my router plane.

The top, sides, and bottom were all created from smaller lumber, edge-jointed to provide the width necessary. I used my combination plane to make all the rabbet joints. All the surfaces were planed and scraped with a cabinet scraper and finally a handheld scraper to smooth off the surfaces. No sandpaper was used. The finish is boiled linseed oil (about 4 coats), with about three applications of furniture wax as the topcoat.

The cherry had some really nice figure in it, but was especially tourblesome to plane with my smoother, so the cabinet scraper and hand scraper worked wonders on finalizing the finish.


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#1 posted 02-18-2010 10:41 PM

Good job! At first glace, I wondered about the legs . Then I read your explanation and it made very good sense. Nice work!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 05:15 AM

This came out beautifully, I’d rather watch the grain than the TV! Quite an accomplishment to complete a project from rough to finish. Great piece

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#3 posted 02-19-2010 04:03 PM

Thanks for the nice comments guys! Yeah, it’s definitely different going from rough boards to finished projects with nothing but planes and saws, but it was strangely rewarding. I’ll be doing more of that type of work in the future, that’s for sure.

LittlePaw, I thought about putting some nice legs on, but the tv was already high up before putting it on the shelf. I needed to minimize the amount of neck strain required to watch the tv, as per instructions by the boss!


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