TV/Stereo Stand
by Alex Reid, skookum
Zushi, Japan

Here's a picture of my latest project:

  • It is a TV/Stereo stand.

  • I used maple and walnut.

  • My original intention was to make solid panel construction.

  • My wife wanted a little more design in it.

  • She was the one that suggested a "S" shape.

  • I thought about it and decided that it was a nice idea but the solid panels were out.

  • So I switched to a mission style.

  • The joints for the main cabinet are sliding dovetail.

  • The finish is just an oil/varnish.

  • This worked out a little nicer though because it provided:

  • More ventilation

  • Lightened the load

  • reduced construction material costs.

  • It was a little more labour intensive and given a chance to do it again I would try a different method with sliding dovetails.

    Finishing is not my strongest area as I tend to go with the easyiest route.

  • It was sanded to P320 and done with 3 coats of wipe on/wipe off oil/varish.

  • I was actually not quite sure about this one but in the end it turned out alright.

  • All the rails slide in from the back.

  • The sliding dovetails really give it structural strength.

  • The shelves are dado and rabett.

  • The bend was done on the bandsaw after all the machining (dovetail and dado cut) was finished.

  • So rather than viewing this as a bent piece look it as a straight piece that got a little extra shaping.

  • I went with the open air design specifically for ventilation.

  • Joe Lyddon:
    I think your entertainment center is just
    A W E S O M E !!

    Great design with plenty of air circulation to keep the heat problems to a minimum.

    I would like to add it to my Collection...
    Do I have your permission to grab your pictures and text for my collection??

    Joe, go right ahead and put in your collection.
    I would be very happy to be a part of that.

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