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My first go at Mid-Century Modern

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Project by Jim posted 10-27-2020 05:17 PM 774 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some friends of mine wanted to create a mid-century modern stand were they could house their LP collection and have a turntable on top. This is the result. I’m not a huge fan of MCM, but I think this turned out nice. The case is solid black walnut with figured walnut veneer panels for the doors and back. The case is 36×36 with 6in legs. I used maple splines (exposed on the front) to attach the 45 degree corners. The shelf is rabbeted and screwed in from the sides as we were concerned with the weight of the albums. I covered the screw heads with square ebony plugs. The handles are also hand made from ebony (what a mess that dust is). I turned the tapered legs myself.

-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN





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MrWolfe

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#1 posted 10-27-2020 05:23 PM

Beautiful grain on the front panels.
I also really like the square plugs covers and the ebony handles.
Well done and such a classic design.
Jon

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pottz

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#2 posted 10-27-2020 06:12 PM

nice work,love walnut a great wood for mcm.what was your finish choice?

-- 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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Bernard58

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#3 posted 10-27-2020 07:47 PM

That turned out well. Nice design and a beautiful home for the LPs and record player. Only thing I would have done differently is to mirror the veneer on the doors on the front, like you did for the back. Would have been more balanced and striking.
But otherwise very well done, and a clever idea to hide the screw heads with the ebony plugs; a good example of how you can turn a potential aesthetic downside into something quite attractive! Don’t tell anyone there are screws behind :-).

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium - http://www.delaeywood.be

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HerbC

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#4 posted 10-27-2020 08:54 PM

Nicely done. Great selection of materials.

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#5 posted 10-27-2020 10:05 PM

You don’t have to love MCM to see the awesome results you got – well done!

-- Bstrom

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#6 posted 10-28-2020 02:26 AM

Nice work. Those panels look great.

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

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#7 posted 10-28-2020 10:19 AM

Really nice! Spline joints are a nice touch.

-- Petey

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grovemadman

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#8 posted 10-28-2020 01:57 PM

Excellent work! The finish and joinery are outstanding…

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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madburg

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#9 posted 10-28-2020 02:01 PM

Looks good. Well matched grain.

-- Madburg WA

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#10 posted 10-28-2020 02:59 PM

How did you accurately cut the slot for the spline? Table saw?

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#11 posted 10-29-2020 11:58 PM

Well done, It durned out nice. I am a huge fan of mid century Modern, unfortunately the wife isn’t.

-- Ty

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Jim

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#12 posted 10-31-2020 04:42 AM

Yes, I used the table saw to make the splines. One lesson learned though, I cut the splines to fit tightly, but when I added glue, they swelled up and it was difficult getting it all together (even with 2 helpers).


How did you accurately cut the slot for the spline? Table saw?

- BlueRidgeDog


-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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Jim

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#13 posted 10-31-2020 04:49 AM

Yep, bonehead mistake. I didn’t notice that I had the 2 sides of the door’s veneer oriented in the same direction. I meant to have them opposite so I could choose the sides I liked best to face out and still get the mirrored effect.

BTW, kudos to Darrell Peart for these plug cutters. Makes GnG style square plugs fairly easy.


That turned out well. Nice design and a beautiful home for the LPs and record player. Only thing I would have done differently is to mirror the veneer on the doors on the front, like you did for the back. Would have been more balanced and striking.
But otherwise very well done, and a clever idea to hide the screw heads with the ebony plugs; a good example of how you can turn a potential aesthetic downside into something quite attractive! Don t tell anyone there are screws behind :-).

- Bernard58


-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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