What prompts the desire to replace a “This End Up” TV stand that has been in service for the past 11 years? Purchasing a new TV, of course! I’ve always been an advocate of building your own furniture. It makes me sick to look at the construction of most furniture these days. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad that there is a budget friendly option out there, but it pains me to pay good money for poor joinery and particle board. My wife and I were looking at TV stands and couldn’t quite find what we were looking for in a price point that we were willing to pay. By the time we found an option that was solid wood and a style that wasn’t so modern that we’d regret in a few years, the price was way out of reach for us. Not that I don’t have enough things to keep me busy in the shop, but who doesn’t like a furniture project every now and then? So here are a few details. Like most of my furniture projects, it is a collaboration between the lady of the house and yours truly. We approach these kind of projects like the DOT.
- Identify the objective
- Draft a plan of attack
- Rethink the project, maybe we won’t do it after all and just sell out to the cheapest bid
- Finalize our design
- Wait an absurd amount of time to begin construction
- Finally start at a snail’s pace and blame all lack of progress on the weather…
All kidding aside, this has been on the to do list for about 6 months. Like everyone else, life gets in the way more than we ever anticipate. I’m currently in the planning stage and will be making a series of this build. Here are the details that have been settled on. The wood of choice will be cherry, a stain will be chosen closer to finish time, and the piece will then be finished with my own danish oil recipe. It will have a shelf for the blu ray player and Wii to live on and two drawers underneath for movies, music, and controllers. I’ve also designed a little surprise to help with routing those annoying component cables. So where am I currently in the build? I’ve finished the design and am finished detailing the drawings. Lets see if I can’t start cutting wood within a week! Or two… Or maybe I’ll just leave you hangin’ and surprise you at the end of the project!
If all goes well the finished product will look something like this! Not grey of course…