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Project by Frederick Desroches posted 09-02-2020 06:59 PM 829 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My girlfriend wanted to buy a new TV cabinet. I feared that she would buy som IKEA furniture that i absolutly hate. So i made a plan and she accepted it.

Made out of walnut and figured cherry. Its my first “big” indoor furniture and i am happy with it.

I just hope that our two bunnies will not destroy it. So far they ignore it :)

Here are some challenges i faced for this build.

First, buying wood during the pandemic was not so easy. All stores were closed. I finally found one who was willing to prepare the order for me and leave it for me outside.


Second, i already had the figured cherry board in stock. It was salvaged from a cabinet by a friend. He tried to plane it but resulted in a lot of chipping. The board was 5/8 thick and i needed at minimum 1/2. I passed it in the planer like 100 times removing 1/64 on each pass.

- I used some small domino to join the cherry board. I did not think about it while making the rounded profile on the panl… And the domino popped out… Damn

- I dont have a miter saw, because of the lack of space in my 12×12 shop. So the 45join of the molding around the top was a challenge to make perfect…

- Also installing the molding around the top allowing for expansion/contracton of the top was also challenging. I used dominos with a larger opening on the tabletop side. Dominoes are not glued on the table top side but rather attached to a dowel thats not glues on the domino, only on the panel. I hope that this is clear !

- And the hinges. I used euro hinges. And i had to buy 3 different one before understanding the difference between INSET and OVERLAY hinges… Now i know !

-- Fred, Canada





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#1 posted 09-02-2020 07:53 PM

sounds like you were quite challenged.im surprised all the wood suppliers in your area were closed all ours in socal have been open the whole time being considered essential. ive had your same problem with bisquits but not dominos so far,not fun.looks good,i like the cherry and walnut combo,two of my favorites.glad you saved your girlfriend from ikea hell-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Frederick Desroches

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#2 posted 09-02-2020 10:01 PM


sounds like you were quite challenged.im surprised all the wood suppliers in your area were closed all ours in socal have been open the whole time being considered essential. ive had your same problem with bisquits but not dominos so far,not fun.looks good,i like the cherry and walnut combo,two of my favorites.glad you saved your girlfriend from ikea hell-lol.

- pottz

Thanks you !!

Here in Quebec, Canada, all non-essential business were closed for about two months. Big Box like home depot remained open but they dont sell walnut or any ruff lumber. In fact appart from construction wood, or deck wood they have very limited choice. We rely on specialised small businesses for that matter…

-- Fred, Canada

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#3 posted 09-03-2020 01:24 AM

Nice work. And thanks for sharing the trouble-spots too. Good to share, but don’t focus on them.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#4 posted 09-03-2020 02:59 PM

That looks very nice. Is it difficult to open the doors without handles/pulls?

You might consider building a 45-degree crosscut sled for future projects. That would probably obviate the need for a miter saw.

Sorting through all of the Euro hinge options can be maddening. At least the next time it won’t be so challenging.

-- Ron Stewart

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#5 posted 09-03-2020 04:11 PM


That looks very nice. Is it difficult to open the doors without handles/pulls?

You might consider building a 45-degree crosscut sled for future projects. That would probably obviate the need for a miter saw.

Sorting through all of the Euro hinge options can be maddening. At least the next time it won t be so challenging.

- Ron Stewart

Thanks !

In fact my girlfriend is suposed to choose tha handles. As soon as she does i’ll install them.

Good point about the 45-degree crosscut sled, i should build one !

-- Fred, Canada

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