TV Stand: Complete (Sans Stain)


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Today is a good day. I finished the TV Stand build! Now all I have to do is clean it up and stain it.

I decided to add hardware to attach the top rather than glue it. It’s quite sturdy! I’ll post a picture when I get the stain on.

No need to elaborate further, the pictures tell the story. If you have any questions about this or any other thing on this site, feel free to ask.

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TV Stand: The End is Near


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It has been a while since I posted. At least it feels like that anyway. Going on vacation can really throw off my perspective on time!

The last time I posted I was just starting the sanding phase. I managed to sand all the pieces starting with 100 grit to 220 grit to 400 grit all the way to 600 grit, and am I glad I did that! It is incredibly smooth and looks great! I’ll have to sand over it again once I get it together but I really don’t mind doing that.

The best way I could figure to glue this together was to lay the legs down and glue the shelves in that way. One shelf at a time, then do the other side. After that I glued the top braces I made as an after thought. I added them because I wanted more surface area contacting the top of the stand. If my words don’t make sense maybe the pictures will. Also, I used the two scrapers (shown in pictures) to clean up the excess glue. They make quick work of glue clean-up without doing too much damage to your sanding job.

Lastly, I started cutting the cross-braces. I only got one side started before I ran out of time. Hopefully by the next post I’ll be ready for the finish! A respected friend of mine recommended ‘danish oil’ for a finish. I’ve never used it so I’ll give it a try on the frame I made.

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TV Stand: A Story


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It had been raining and cool for quite a while, spring teased with intermittent sunshine. Closing in on 9:30 AM the house was quiet while some slept upstairs. The shop however was active!

‘Cowboys From Hell’ blasted through the shop speakers and the smell of sawdust filled the air. ‘Pantera’ was never one of my favorites but that didn’t mean I wasn’t occasionally blown away by them. With my ear muffs on and the sander buzzing, I started sanding with 100 grit sandpaper. Most of the pieces lay patiently on the table finished and ready to be sanded. With exception to the cross braces, of course. “Those, I added, will have to be cut once the stand is together.” “This will ensure a tight and neat looking fit.”

“Round one of sanding done!” My hands feeling numb from what felt like hours of sanding. I walk over to my cell phone, still blasting music, and unplug it from the speakers. Excitedly I took a photo of my work, It all looks so nice sitting there on the table.

I can’t wait to finish this thing!


Hey, thanks for visiting. I thought I would try my hand at making a mini story rather than the mundane, “I did this, then this, then this,” posts I have been doing lately. Maybe I will do more, maybe I won’t. I suppose everything depends on how much time I have. Hope you had a good weekend. Enjoy the week!

TV Stand: Top


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This week the TV stand top was glued together. The inside of the maple and center insert (oak) was rabbet jointed as shown below. Then I glued them together using titebond. I’m going to add some hardware to the underside of this to reinforce all the glue joints.

This project turned into more of an experiment than anything else. I’m still not sure if I like the maple and oak contrast. There are techniques and joints I would rather use but I just do not have the equipment for them yet. I like to see what I can do with what is available to me, first.

Next step will be taking this to a mill and having it planed down smooth. Unfortunately, I do not own a 24″ planer yet so paying someone to run it through quick is my only option.


Bass Guitar: Fretboard Lifting


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A friend of mine had an old Ibanez Gio with the fretboard lifting off the neck. Rather than remove the whole fretboard I just lifted it and cleaned it out the best I could. Next, I used hide glue to reattach the fretboard and clamped it for 24 hours. Below are the before and after photos.

I still need to clean it up and I spoke with him about getting a new nut on there (as you can see he put a hurting on the thing!) I am going to go ahead and do that. Hope this helps someone.



Picture Frame


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I made a picture frame out of some scraps left over from the TV Stand boards. The main goal here was to use up as much scrap wood as possible and to experiment with finishes for the TV Stand since its the same wood.

Nothing too special here. I wanted a rustic looking frame so I didn’t mind if it wasn’t square or cut equally. There are oak dowel rods through the corners (I improvised since I don’t have a frame clamp)  I rabbet jointed the back for whatever we decide to put in the frame.

The last picture is a bird that flew into my French door. I thought it was going to die so I took it to the garden. After a few minutes it regained its senses and flew away. Happy ending!





TV Stand: I’m just going to drag this project out


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Here is a short update on the TV Stand progress:

I cut all the legs to final length and width. The top pieces have been cut to fit with the exception of the center oak piece. I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

The last picture is just a place I like to go and hike. Enjoy.

TV Stand: Let the Sawdust Fly!


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The sawdust flew today and a few days ago as I began cutting, planning, jointing and bringing all out mayhem to rough-cut wood! The pictures below show the legs, cross braces and the center piece of the top for my TV Stand I mentioned in previous posts. I ended up going with some really old oak my friend had stored under his cabin since probably the 1960’s or 1970’s (please correct me if I’m wrong.)

I have captioned the pictures which should be visible if you hover your mouse over the pictures or click on them.

That oak board, as you can see, was really warped from being exposed to the elements. It took a considerable amount of time but I now have it close to being a square piece wood. I still have some planing and finish work to do and it will likely end up being thinner than the maple pieces for the rest of the top but you wont see it since I will make the top surface flush. I’m trying to decide which side of the oak to show. If you have a preference leave a comment, ‘Side A’ or ‘Side B.’

I really like how the x-braces came out. They look nice and thick, not cheap to my eye.

There is still a lot of work ahead but I feel good about the progress. I’ll post more as soon as there is more to share!

TV Stand: Design Change


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After a visit to my personal wood stockpile I realized I didn’t have the amount of oak I need to make this stand. However, I do have a copious amount of maple.

Strength was one of my main design aspects so not having oak was a bummer. That is why I decided to redesign the stand slightly. As you can see below the top is no longer just planks glued together to make on solid top.

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It will now be five pieces of wood as follows: The outer pieces will be cut at 45 degrees on the ends to make a frame-like box. The inner piece I’m planning on being walnut (if available). The inner piece will connect to the outer pieces using a dado joint as shown below.

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Lastly, I moved the ‘X’ bracing in toward the center of the stand 1″ rather than have them flush to the outside of the legs and shelves. I think this makes a more interesting and elegant look. I’m really hoping to start cutting some wood this coming week! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

TV Stand


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My blog isn’t exactly jam packed with posts on a regular basis and nor do I want it to be. However, I have a lot more going on in my life than just instrument building and repair. So I have, at least temporarily, decided to blog about some of that other stuff as well as instrument building.

Over the holidays I drew up plans in Autodesk Inventor 2016 for a TV stand. My old stand is one of those box store kind and is now sagging quite heavily in the center. Truth be told it was actually meant to be a coffee table so I can’t complain too much about it sagging. In any case the goals of the new stand are to be strong and eye pleasing.

This is still in the design phase and if you have any suggestions on how to make it better please comment or message me. Shown below is my rough design. I will likely make it out of oak with some cherry accents.



I’m weighing the options of how to attach this shelf to the legs. One option is a biscuit joint. The problem with that is I do not own a biscuit joiner. The second option is widening the selves by half and inch on both sides (or one inch total) and cutting dado slots in the legs (where the red boxes are) and simply glue the shelves in the slots. The third, is an idea to use dowel rods. I would drill through the legs and into the selves then smear glue on a cherry/oak dowel rod (to match the leg wood) and push it through the leg and into the shelf. I realize it may not be the strongest of ways to attach the shelves but I’m only holding a Blu-ray player and a few DVD’s.

I will start cutting parts as soon as I settle on a good design.

Thanks for looking and Happy New Year!