TV credenza

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Project by Oldtool posted 04-14-2017 12:25 AM 980 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

TV credenza for a new yet to be purchased flat screen TV. This project has been both an adventure into more hand tool work, and some experimentation in materials and finishing.

For the most part, this cabinet is solid cherry, with my first time use of a secondary wood – pine for the top supports ( no photo, but there are three 1X4s running the length of the top under the cherry top as the carcass top & dovetailed into the side panels ), first time using plywood – 1/4” cherry hardwood on order from Home Depot, for the back panels ), and some finishing methods: boiled linseed oil all over to darken the cherry & enhance the grain, 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal on the outside with wax finish, and just wax finish on all interiors over the BLO.

The moldings were cut with molding planes, and the arch in the center has a bead cut with a scratch stock. The top molding was an assembly of two separate profiles:

The base molding used a single profile plane.

The door panels were cut using a panel raising plane on the front & a moving filletster plane on the back – as the panels are a heavy 7/8” thick. I guess I should mention here that I do not plane all lumber to a predetermined thickness like 3/4”, but simply hand flatten one side then create a parallel second side – stopping when both sides are flat regardless of thickness. The only components I planed to same thickness were the parts of the door rails & stiles, which are M & T’d together, and needed to match. The rail & stile groves for the panel were cut with an Old Womans Tooth plane:

The top panel profile was cut with the moving filletster, a couple of rounds, and a block plane.

Hardware is from Horton Brasses, although only two door pulls & four hinges were needed, but I like the Horton products for authenticity, quality & value.

That about sums it up, thanks for viewing.

Updated final results ….....

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 09:38 AM

Fantastic work!

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 11:37 AM

Beautiful piece, with a lot of excellent hand tool work (Amazing) I like the documentation photos. Keep up the good work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Daniel Solowiej

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 12:56 PM

A useful piece of art, luxurious and modest at the same time, a good aesthetic balance.

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina,

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#4 posted 04-15-2017 02:19 PM

very nice

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 05-04-2017 10:19 AM

Nice work, Tom … especially the moulding. good job! Great looking Old Woman’s Tooth!

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