TV Armoire

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Project by Bob Costello posted 06-30-2008 11:57 PM 4324 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just finished this TV armoire to hold a 42 inch flat screen. The raised panel doors are on 270 degree hinges which is an inexpensive alternative to doors that slide back into the case, which rob interior space in addition to being costly. There are two full width interior shelves adjustable in 1/2 inch increments. The three drawers on are full extension slides. Approximately 70” tall, 48” wide and 25” deep. The box is 3/4” blondwood plywood (cheaper and better looking than birch at the time). The doors are MDF for the raised panels and poplar for the rails and stiles. The draw fronts are clear pine while the drawers themselves are 1/2” blondwood plywood.

Now I can get the flat screen off the living room fireplace hearth and into the family room where it belongs! (Although last winter it was nice to have a DVD of a fire on the screen rather than a real fire since we live in Florida!)

I wanted to have a finish like the painted finish on a Crate and Barrel type piece . . . smooth and durable. Still haven’t found the product to accomplish that. If someone has a suggestion of a good product and method to do this, let me know! This finish was an oil based enamel sprayed on with a conventional compressor driven gravity feed spray gun.

-- Bob Costello

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#1 posted 07-01-2008 12:43 AM

Beautiful piece of furniture!!


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 07-01-2008 12:59 AM

Your work is nice and tight.

I run black lacquer with a clear lacquer on top of it. The lacquers dry fast, hard, and smooth. If you want to produce the lightly distressed finish with some wear on the edges, the colors sand out with nice control and then you can clear coat that.

The final clear coat really “pops” the color.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Bob Costello

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#3 posted 07-01-2008 01:02 AM

Thanks, Todd! I’m going to try lacquer on my next project. The enamel I used was so thick and the thinning needed to make it work affected the final finish. Lacquer should solve that.

-- Bob Costello

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#4 posted 07-01-2008 01:11 AM

Nice project looks well finished.

Thanks for the post.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#5 posted 07-01-2008 04:53 AM

Really good looking piece!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 07-01-2008 05:30 AM

Nice project. Don’t be bashfull about the photos. I would like to see more. You might try General Finishes milk paint. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 07-01-2008 02:59 PM

Trifern might have a good idea. I know another professional woodworker that loves using milk paint and he has some great looking results. I have personally never used it or know how it handles.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 07-01-2008 04:38 PM

Great looking piece of furniture.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 02-07-2009 04:25 AM

Nice work!

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