TV Stand

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Project by Manitario posted 03-20-2018 04:46 PM 948 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’ve had a “temporary” plywood box holding up the TV for the past 2 years. Last year I started to build a proper stand which was to be an oak carcase with a shou sugi ban finish. Unfortunately, the flaming process caused dramatic cupping of the wood, and I abandoned the project to the scrap pile. I started this year with the same design, however in bleached white ash. The ash bleaching process turned out well but was super tedious (used Daly’s wood bleach) and I essentially got to a point during assembly of the carcase where I realized that it wasn’t going to look the way I wanted it. So another potential TV stand got abandoned to the scrap pile.

Finally, more out of frustration than anything, and wanting to get a functional stand completed, used this large slab of “scrap” oak, turned the cherry legs and used the remnants of the bleached ash to put this together. Finished with 4 coats Minwax “tung” oil, bleached ash finished with 3 coats of Osmo white wood wax.

I like the look of the bleached ash, it preserves the grain and look of the wood more than if I’d painted it, and it is a whiter finish than white stain that I experimented with. The bleaching process was a huge annoyance though and any touch up you want to do once it’s done is very, very difficult to get a uniform result. There’s a great FWW article from July 2017 if anyone is interested in the process.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 03-21-2018 03:10 PM

Again, a sparse, simple look, that probably fits well in your home. Nice piece of oak for the purpose, and the contrast with the ash is interesting. You definitely have your own style.

Your stand problems are reminiscent of my speaker stands at my vacation home. Folding chairs… (-:

I am hoping to make some pine prototypes, and then some cherry ones for the permanent thing…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 03-21-2018 03:50 PM

Thanks Jim. It’s a good hobby except for when things fail, especially after putting a bunch of time into a project. Glad that this is not my day job!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 03-22-2018 03:07 PM

I am not very adventurous in the WW shop, so I don’t tend to get a lot of total failures. But I have had them.

Like the drill press table that started out looking wonderful, and then developed a warp. To the dust heap it went. I went back and revamped my old table instead, and that fortunately worked… (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 04-29-2018 10:57 AM

Wonderful tv stand, really love the top.
So fine that you share your troubles and throw aways, since I think that’s a big part of any good project.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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