More $0.51 cull lumber furniture

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Project by Darryl Jones posted 03-19-2014 03:48 AM 5113 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those of you that frequent lumberjocks, you might remember the chest of drawers that I built for my son from cull lumber purchased at home depot for $0.51 each. Well, I made this tv stand for my kids out of the leftover material. I used some very deformed 2×6s to make this project (I guess you could say that I am getting better at milling stock).

My kids came to me and asked that I make them a TV stand for their room because the TV was formerly on top of the chest of drawers which made watching TV and playing games from the bed difficult. So I set about designing (actually more like looking at other stands for inspiration and inventorying the materials I had on hand for dimensional limitations) the stand had to be relatively short and it had to have enough space for the Xbox and ps3 to fit along with games and accessories. after looking at a ton of TV stands, I decided that I wanted this stand to look like the chest of drawers that I had built earlier with one wide drawer and an open shelf. Most of the dimensions were chosen based on materials that I had on hand for example, the bottom is a dust frame that I had made many years ago for a project that never materialized. The dust frame was 30” wide and that became the width of the shelf and the drawer opening.

The top was made from 3 pieces of spruce 2×6 that were milled to just over an inch thick that were edge glued together. The top was then leveled with a card scraper and random orbit sander, the ends were planed with my block plane and sanded smooth. The curves and taper on the legs were cut on the bandsaw and smoothed out with my oscillating spindle sander. The sides panels and shelf are made of 3/4” spruce laminations. The shelf and the bottom are dadoed into the side panels. The side panels and aprons are attached to the legs with dominos. The top is attached with shop made wooden buttons that fit into mortices in the top rails and side panels. The drawer rides on 12” full extension slides. The drawer sides are 1/2 spruce (re-sawed fro the 2×6s) that I joined together with a locking dado type joint. The joint turned out to be not quite strong enough in spruce and I broke it when I first opened the drawer because the shellac coat was still a little tacky and it got stuck. so I glued it back together and inserted a no. 5 domino that I flush cut and sanded smooth. The dividers are also 1/2” spruce dadoed into the front and back of the drawer box. The two compartments on either side each hold approx. 20 DVDs or video game cases. The stand was then stained with Varathane premium wood stain (awesome product by the way) and topped with three coats of unwaxed shellac which was then block sanded and waxed.

All in all, I feel that the project was very successful. The wife and kids loved it and the finish came out great (the last pic shows the finish before block sanding and waxing)! As always enjoy and feel free to leave a comment. I do really enjoy the comments by the way.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 03-19-2014 03:59 AM

Wow, awesome. I am extremely impressed! I can’t make something that nice with the nicest stack of hardwood from the lumber store and a set of plans! You made this from cull lumber and your brain? Simply outstanding!

-- If it ain't broke, take it apart and find out why

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 08:03 AM

Well done, like the look of the legs with the soft curve. It really adds to the overall effect. ... I’m sure the kids love it….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 11:13 AM

Very nice, I like the design and finish….You did a great job.

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

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 11:41 AM

you’d never know that this came from the junk pile at HD. VERY impressive.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 11:55 AM

“All in all,” great job and very nice looking. I agree, your project is very successful.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 03-19-2014 12:06 PM

Nicely done.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 03-19-2014 12:08 PM

I didn’t know HD had a cull lumber pile like that. I’ll have to look for it. Very impressive what you’ve done with it.

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#8 posted 03-19-2014 12:39 PM

I was not aware of the cull pile either. On my way to check it out ….

Very impressive work you’ve done with the TV stand..

-- jroot

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Darryl Jones

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#9 posted 03-19-2014 01:18 PM

Thank you all for the incredibly nice comments. I always enjoy reading other woodworkers reactions to my projects.

For those of you rushing out to check out Home Depot’s cull lumber cart, you should know that they have changed their policy on this. The policy used to be that they cut the really deformed 2x stock in half and offered it for either .51, 1.01, 2.01, etc. now when items are placed on the cull lumber cart they are marked down 70% off. This is not exactly a deal considering the amount of work you will likely have to put in to make this material useable. On the flip side, they no longer cut the material to smaller lengths/sizes. Just an FYI.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#10 posted 03-19-2014 02:51 PM

I do a lot of work with the cull bin too, but I had no idea it could turn out this nice. You did an amazing finish job – it looks fantastic. I mostly hunt the cull bin for sheet goods – I’ve gotten oak/birch plywood at 70% off or better. And cedar; I made two cedar chests from cull supplies, and they turned out pretty nice.

Again, really nice job. This looks awesome.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#11 posted 03-19-2014 03:54 PM

Very impressive amazing how great the Spruce looks after finish. You transformed the ugly Duckling materials in to Swan materials, great project congratulation, thanks for sharing.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 03-20-2014 12:18 AM

That is a great looking TV stand! And to think it cost you only 51 cents—can’t beat that!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 03-20-2014 01:55 PM

That finish looks great! Did you use blotch control, or something similar? I can’t imagine myself staining a 2×6 and having it come out so consistent.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#14 posted 03-20-2014 08:05 PM

I used varathane stains

This stuff is awesome! Spruce normally blotches like mad and I have applied water based stains using a brush before but it obscures the grain more like paint. But this product achieves the desired color in one coat, you can brush it on like paint (what I did), and it behaves like a stain offering an even consistent transparent color without obscuring the grain of the material underneath it. As a side note, if you plan to apply the stain with a brush (I used a foam brush) you should probably spray your seal coat on to keep from disturbing the color layer. I used a 1lb cut of shellac as a sealer. I will definitely use it again and I encourage all to try it.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#15 posted 03-21-2014 06:49 AM

Very Nice! & Well Done! Thanks For Posting.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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