TV Cabinet Red Oak, my first real furniture

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Project by Dan posted 07-21-2013 01:45 PM 1758 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a long project story made short. This wood is from the 225 yr old Red Oak i harvested 6 years ago as shown in my first posting “wood gathering”. This is my first furniture piece for solid wood construction. It was a about 56 weeks duration to make a “solid wood quarter sawn” all mortise and tendon frame with over 150 doweled joints (no Screws) with Walnut button plugs, with book matched half lapped dovetails door frames, My first attempt at half blind dovetail drawers fronts ! with full dovetail backs with solid cedar bottom panels, why? because i could, lol…This is not a production item : )

The top is book matched with bread board ends that float for seasonal changes and the crest is the cut-off match stood vertical (the first real brass screws are used here) with walnut finials. The top is held in place with dado groove in the top rails and rabbet edge oak clips and screwed to the top to allow for seasonal movement, humidity changes.

All interfaced joints of the rails and stiles and ends and center panels were dado grooved and rabbet edges allowed to move with humidity changes (free floating panels). The center panel is doweled pinned to the front upper and lower stretcher rails and supported with a bottom cross-member dado grooved from front stretcher rails to the back. This is also a load bearing member to support the floating shelves.

The 6 ship-lapped qtr. sawn back panels are removable by lift and pull out for the electronics wire access. Whew!! in all i remember i used 24 screws.

The finish is 3 coats of Minwax Golden Oak stain, 4 coats of rubbed and sanded lightly 1 part each Tung oil Varnish mix, finished to a satin and waxed top coat. a lot of dry time needed.

I am sure Norm Abram or David Marks would beat my time in two TV shows,,, LOL ! Thanks for looking!!

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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#1 posted 07-21-2013 01:49 PM

WOW…nice work!!!! Way better than anything I have ever made!

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#2 posted 07-21-2013 01:54 PM

Stine, congratulations on an excellent build, it’s very well done. The look is terrific, so is the finish. ‘Not a production item’ cracks me up. :-) it’s the journey, right?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 07-21-2013 02:32 PM

Beautiful. Nice work. You have more patience than I do to spend a year making one piece. And your patience paid off in spades. Congratulations.

-- Ron, Montana

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#4 posted 07-21-2013 02:38 PM

It’s very nice looking and the wood is beautiful. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 07-21-2013 02:56 PM

Great looking TV cabinet…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 07-21-2013 04:08 PM

Great job, I love working with quartersawn red oak. I like how you used wood tabs on the doors. I have been thinking what I was going to use to hold my glass in on my cabinet doors, I think a solution has been found.

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#7 posted 07-21-2013 04:29 PM

Excellent attention to detail. Well thought out.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#8 posted 07-21-2013 06:24 PM

Thank you all for the encouragement and comments, i have figured out how to post more pics of this assembly here. I hope to have better sharp pics here to see.

Woodmaster, i looked at your cabinet and that is going to be great in the living room. I made the walnut clamps to just lightly pinch the door screens into the frames with brass screws. At first i was thinking Glass , also. but, the heat build up inside the cabinet would be a disaster on the wood and the electronics. But if your using a thermocouple activated fan to power vent the heat out, it will be ok for the solid glass doors.that is if your closing in the whole back of the cabinet. add felt at the contact to glass , makes a cushion.
I also have a vent in the upper back panels to allow heat out.

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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#9 posted 07-21-2013 06:47 PM

Nice job! I like the vented doors, and the figure in that lumber is great.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 07-22-2013 05:33 PM

Dan great work thanks for the pictures. I am about to start 2 entertainment centers and you have given me some great ideas.

-- tim, the mountaineer

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#11 posted 07-24-2013 04:01 PM

Impressive work on that fine looking cabinet. Great design, build and wood choice.

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