TV Credenza

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Project by BburgBoy posted 09-08-2019 12:08 AM 1027 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My version of Woodsmith Magazine TV Credenza. Several Lumberjocks have built this and modified in varying degrees. The original design was far too big for my space, so I shortened the width by 15 inches. Body is constructed from alder and alder plywood. A first for me. I was struck by the warmth of the wood and slight reddish tinge. Top is constructed from cherry.

It was fun and challenging to finish the unit. The plywood alder finished darker than the solid alder in my tests. So, for the real deal, I covered everything with sealing shellac. Then I applied some very dark red stain to the solid wood attempting to match the plywood. Worked pretty well. The cherry top and alder base got two coats of General Finish water based dye….Using dye was also a first for me and I like the way it masks the grain, as opposed to accentuating grain, which one gets from a pigmented stain. Another good lesson.

Everything got two coats of oil-based polyurethane, which I diluted with mineral spirits….another first for me. I’ve always used polyurethane straight from the can. However, I really liked using a diluted mix – it flowed easily and gave me plenty of time to eliminate brush marks.

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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#1 posted 09-08-2019 02:03 AM

I like the way the top and the feet have the darker tone. It is nice parallelism.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 09-08-2019 10:09 AM

Magnificant combination between traditional furniture design and modern electronics.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-08-2019 08:31 PM

Wow. That’s beautiful. Really well done. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 09-09-2019 12:12 AM

Great combination of woods. Beautiful job!

-- AJ

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#5 posted 09-09-2019 10:49 AM

I enjoyed your commentary. I will try diluting the Poly. I have played with stains in the past but it has been 30 years.

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#6 posted 09-09-2019 02:15 PM

Great job Larry! It came out fantastic :-))

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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