Upgrade from TV trays (Entertainment Center)

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Project by jeff_wenz posted 01-24-2012 08:23 PM 6374 views 36 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were given a 40” TV from my in-laws (won in a raffle). The problem was we had an “old style” TV stand that didn’t fit one of these “new fangled” flat panel TV’s. So our new TV sat on a couple TV trays butted together for a while.

I decided on the Woodsmith issue #169 Wide-Screen TV Cabinet plan. Plans can be purchased here if you do not have this issue.

It is made of oak (dyed black) and cherry. The dimensions are 75.5” x 20.5” x 28” tall. I intentionally made it large enough to hold any future upgrades in TV size (like 60” or larger – oh yeah!)

For the top, I wanted to use some cherry plywood I had left over from another project. I banded it with 1/4” of oak (dyed black) and 1.5” of cherry. Since these pictures were taken, my wife has managed to clutter (oops, I mean “decorate”) the top.

The glass is decorative (texture is called “rain”). I bought the glass from a local glass shop. The bottom drawer holds DVD’s and CD’s. The 4 shelves are adjustable. I made access panels in the back to allow for running cables amongst the different components. The panels are held on by magnets.

The top has multiple coats of brushed on poly. The rest of the piece was sprayed with laquer.

I am happy with how it turned out.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#1 posted 01-24-2012 08:30 PM

Although the TV trays added a “unique” feature to your room I have to say that this looks much better. I will be borrowing the idea of double banding plywood like you did. Very well done. I also like the clock in picture #2. Did you make that as well?

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 01-24-2012 08:49 PM

Looks great. The double banding adds a lot to the look.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 01-24-2012 09:16 PM

For the banding, I dyed the 1/4” wide oak first, then glued and 23 guage pinned it to the solid cherry. Then I just cut the 45 degrees cherry/oak together and “framed” the plywood. The 1/4” black banding creates a nice transition, I think.

I did make the clock. You can find it in My Projects.

Thanks for the kind words and encouragement.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#4 posted 01-24-2012 09:22 PM

Very nice project Jeff….I did the same stand but to look at your and mine, you wouldn’t know it was the same plan.

Don’t sell yourself short on the old ‘stand’...they kinda have a rustic appeal to them :)

Great job.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#5 posted 01-24-2012 09:26 PM


I liked the “rustic appeal”, but my wife sharply disagreed and quickly grew tired of the look. That and she also wanted her brown fabric back…


-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#6 posted 01-24-2012 10:55 PM

What a beautiful piece. Very nice. It looks quite classy in the photo. Well done!


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#7 posted 01-25-2012 01:01 AM

That really looks great. Good choice for the top/bottom, it really sets it off.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 01-25-2012 04:39 AM

This is a outstanding piece with very classic design.


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#9 posted 01-25-2012 04:39 AM

Really nice job. When I make one next year, I can only hope it looks this good.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#10 posted 01-25-2012 04:48 AM

There you are a1Jim! I’ve been waiting for you to see this project.

Alex – by looking at your projects, you’ll do just fine.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#11 posted 01-25-2012 04:54 AM

Very nice cabinet! Congratulations for the nice work. I really like the color combination, by the way…how do you achieved the deep black tint on the oak? Can you share the technique used?



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#12 posted 01-25-2012 05:05 AM


I used black Transtint dye mixed in water. I brushed it on heavy with a foam brush, let it sit about 5 minutes, then wiped the excess off with a rag. I did this about 3 times to get the darkness I desired. I then brushed on a light coat of shellac to lock in the dye. What I really like about the dye is you can still see the grain of the oak (can’t tell in the pictures).

I hope this helps.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#13 posted 01-25-2012 05:51 AM

looks great, good job

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#14 posted 01-25-2012 07:06 AM

Great work, I know how much effort goes into building one of those! ;-) I really like the banding on the top, makes me wish I had done something like that.

-- Marc,

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#15 posted 01-25-2012 11:20 AM

A very fine piece of furniture and an example of great workmanship and skill. I am sure you realize your skill in woodworking means you don’t have to put up with the cheap, poorly constructed foreign made furniture that is now in virtually every furniture store in the nation. What’s more you don’t have to put up with what the stores offer, you can build to suit your current and future needs. Nice work, Jeff.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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