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So this was my first real furniture building project, and I am very happy with the results. Of course, it is not perfect by any means, but I learned a ton. This is actually a test build using building lumber in order to perfect the design before I move to hardwood. But it turned out so good, I painted it and put it into service as a TV stand.

This was built using 2×4's, Sande plywood, and select pine for the rails and styles. I rough cut the 2x's using the miter saw, then planed down to a desired thickness. I then ripped everything to width and cross cut to a final length. I used dowel joinery, using an old Craftsman turret drilling guide. And because of the care I took during the milling process, glue-up was a breeze and everything turned out very square and true.

The rails and stiles for the doors were cut using the table saw. Easy, just took a little bit to setup. However, the tongue and grove was perfect in the end.

The top is the part I'm most proud of. It is poplar, planed down to 1/2 inch. I used Varathane wood stain, then I put on three brush coats of poly, sanding in between coats with 220 grit. After that, I summoned the memories of my grandfather who used to refinish furniture by hand rubbing with boiled linseed oil and pumice. I've never done a rubbed out finish before, and I must say it came out pretty good. Not perfect, but I am very happy with it. I know the mistakes I made, and I'll fix them in the future.

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Very nice. Good work.
 

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Very nice. Good work.

- Madmark2
Thanks! Fun project. I eventually mastered door placement, so I should be able to get all the doors centered and even on the next go-round.
 

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Looks good. I'm not much for painted wood, but considering it was construction lumber, that looks great.
 

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Very nice
 

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Welcome to LJ,

You did a great job. How did you find decent 2×4's? Ha.
 

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Welcome to LJ,

You did a great job. How did you find decent 2×4 s? Ha.

- Peteybadboy
I know, right? I must have gone through 20 boards for each straight board. I do have concerns that these boards will twist over time, but its truly just a test build.
 

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Two things: "And because of the care I took during the milling process, glue-up was a breeze and everything turned out very square and true." If you learned nothing else this lesson will serve you well as long as you are building furniture. You learned it early.

2. Usually the only one that doesn't know it's perfect is the builder. No need to point out the faults. I don't think I've ever made a "perfect" piece of furniture. The errors get smaller and you get better at fixing them.

Nice work. You are very ready to move to hardwood.
 

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Looks good. I m not much for painted wood, but considering it was construction lumber, that looks great.

- Ocelot
Thanks, Ocelot!! I hear you on the paint. I'm looking forward to my refined design in some nice hardwood.
 

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Nice work on the TV console.
 

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I've done the very same thing on a number of pieces using construction stock - smart move to get the skills going. Used Milk paint with a water based polyurethane topcoat on all of them and it is very durable.
 
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