Mid Century Modern TV Buffet

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Project by MasonJay posted 12-22-2020 05:28 PM 840 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It took many many hours out in the garage working on this to finally get it complete in time for Christmas. We needed a TV buffet/console that served as storage for miscellaneous items but also could conceal the any electronics we use. Initially we planned on an open console slot on the top right instead of a drawer. Half way through we opted for the new design and decided to just hide any dvd players inside the door. In the left side we have a small void cut out of the back to route the power cords. Over all as my first major furniture build, I’m happy with the results.

We made it out of sapelle wood. The top/bottom, sides, drawer faces, door front, and base are 5/4 sapelle while the adjustable shelves, middle divider, and back are from a sheet of 3/4 sapelle. We even have enough ply left over to build matching end tables. Win Win.

The main body is butt joints w/ help of dominoes to reinforce (thanks to a coworker who was whiling to spend that money). Otherwise everything else is just simple joinery that I had to take my time with to get just right. I finished it with oxmo polyx which gave it a nice smooth sheen. I used threaded inserts on the main body with furniture bolts through the base. I don’t have a photo of it but there are slots routed out in the base that will allow for expansion/contraction of the wood. The photo shows just the simple holes drilled for the bolts but I came back and elongated them.

Hinges and drawer slides are soft close which we were glad we did just for that nice feature. I do wish I focused a little more time on the fit and finish of my drawers, there are a few mistakes that are minor that could have been prevented.

Still can’t figure the photo orientation thing out. Sorry for the neck pain.

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#1 posted 12-23-2020 03:33 AM

You’ve given the wood a very harmonious feel. It’s lovely and looks quite practical as well. Great job.

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#2 posted 12-23-2020 02:21 PM

Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 12-23-2020 02:32 PM

You certainly deserve to be happy with the results. Very nicely proportioned and very nicely executed. I am generally not a fan of mid-century modern but I will have to rethink that after seeing your beautiful piece of furniture.

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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#4 posted 12-26-2020 05:41 PM

Very nice!

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#5 posted 12-28-2020 02:56 PM

love it – great photos too

-- Greg Simon

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