Mid Century Modern TV Stand | Woodworking

Mid Century Modern TV Stand | Woodworking


today I’m gonna go over how I built this
TV console and then ultimately turned it into this TV console so I originally
built this thing about five years ago and it was kind of a rush job when we
had to rearrange our family room long story short we wanted a play area and we
needed something long and with some storage so I built this thing kind of
quickly and never quite finished it flash forward a few years and I was
giving it to a friend of mine and I wanted to finalize it before I send it
packing so let’s start by going over the construction in detail and then I’ll go
over what I did to fix it up and put the finishing touches on it the top and
bottom of the case are made up of two pieces that are cut to 7 foot 10 inches
long and 1 foot 9 inches wide each of these will get to dados that run back
to front across the entire width for a couple of vertical partitions and one
more data that stops short of the front by about an inch and a half and that’s
because a pair of sliding doors will go in these grooves that you see here if we
flip it around to the back you’ll see that one side has a quarter inch rabbet
along the very back for a back panel while the other side has a half inch
groove that’s inset about four inches and this is gonna hold a false back
panel so that we can hide some cables and a surge protector out of sight
behind it next we can bring in the side pieces
which are identical except that this one again has a quarter inch rabbet in the
back for the after mention back panel and let’s go ahead and bring those
panels in now and that’ll take care of the back and here you can see that the
false back has a large hole cut into it to feed the cables through and this
could be made quite a bit smaller if you wanted next we’ll bring in our three
vertical partitions in the two cubbies on the left we’re gonna put three
drawers the drawer boxes are made out of half-inch Baltic birch plywood and it’s
the same style that you see me use plenty of times just five pieces
reinforce with glue and screws and the drawer fronts are going to be made out
of solid hardwood they just get this little cutout for handles for the two
cubbies on the right I drilled in some shelf pins before I installed them to
accommodate a pair of adjustable shell and then I used quarter-inch plywood to
make a pair of sliding doors to hide everything behind on all of the exposed
plywood edges along the front I used the strip of hardwood and on the
sides some adhesive edge banding and I’m not a huge fan of that stuff so I’m
gonna be replacing that and then for the original base I just screwed on a few
little feet and this was supposed to be a temporary solution but like I said I
never actually got around to making a base so that’s something else that we’re
gonna do in this video right so over the years this thing’s
taking a beating from kids toys being thrown at it people bumping into it and
for the most part it’s wearing its scars like a champ except for the edge banding
so the first thing that I did was get a heat gun to remove all that stuff you once it was off I sanded away the glue
and any finish along the front edges so that I could get to work on making a
more substantial solution to do that i milled a piece of five quarter inch
walnut to just a hair thicker than 3/4 of an inch thick and then I ripped it
into strips that were equally wide all right I know we’ve seen a lot of
drawings already but let’s cut back to one more so that I can show you some of
my ideas before we get any further first I tried a couple ideas with tapered
splayed legs but none of them are really doing it for me so then I tried out a
more simple base and this felt like it fit a lot better I played around with
the idea of doing some champers in the top and bottom moldings I guess they’d
be and I really liked this bottom version but the more that I played
around with it I actually ended up working my way back to just keeping
everything square in the end okay so back in the shop here I’m marking a 45
degree miter cut which I could make over on my miter saw next I could clamp that cut to my case
so that I could mark exactly where the other mitre cut needed to be placed and
then I could cut that again at the miter saw so I made the top and bottom front
pieces first and got them glued on and because the moldings only need to wrap
around the two sides in the front and not the back cutting the sides is super
easy you just cut a mitre leave it about an inch longer than it needs to be glue
it on and after it’s dry you can just use a flush trim saw to get it even with
the back and then the last thing to do for the
molding was flush it up on the top using a router and a flush trim bit and then
sand it lightly just making sure not to go through the veneer of the plywood top for the base I’m going to be using some
eight quarter inch walnut which I’ll cut down into pieces that are an inch and a
half wide and an inch and a half thick next I needed to start cutting my bass
pieces to length so to start I cut four legs to three inches long and while I’m
doing that let me take a second to thank Squarespace for sponsoring this video so
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look alright thank Squarespace okay so once my legs were cut out I marked them
up so that I knew where each one would ultimately reside and then I clamped
some of them in place so that I could mark out the length I’d need each
stretcher to be once I was happy with the four outside
stretchers I cut a few more that are gonna go between the two ends to join the four legs to the four
outside stretchers I use some Domino’s and then clamp them up with a long strap
clamp for the centerpieces though I use some pocket holes just because it was
easier to position them exactly where I wanted them on two of the center stretcher pieces I
Morriston some figure 8 desktop fasteners and this is what I’m going to
use to attach the base to the cabinet and in this shot here you can see that I
glued on some cheater blocks to keep the center from sagging and you’d have to
get really low to see these plus they’re pretty much obscured by shadows so I
really recommend something like this for any long spans where there could be a
lot of weight it’s funny that I never felt like it was
worth the time to finish this piece during the five years or so that we used
it yet as soon as I’m giving it away for free mind you it becomes this urgent
matter and maybe I should take that as a lesson they always say treat others the
way that you’d like to be treated but for some of us perhaps a more beneficial
piece of advice would be to yourself as well as you treat others I’m sure I’m
not the first person to say that thanks for watching


100 thoughts on “Mid Century Modern TV Stand | Woodworking

  1. This is Joe Lindeman, Karna's husband, and what you said about treating others and treating yourself about how you would like to be treated that is a very wise thing that you said. Thank you for your videos and the way you do them and may God bless you and your family.

  2. Love your work. May i ask? How do you choose overall dimensions for your carcasses? I mean whats your thought process around deciding on height and width for the dimensions… just wondering if you go by eye and feel or if u sometimes use some kind of variation on golden ratio? Great work !

  3. Weird question.. but does the saw dust ever affect your Apple Watch? Like get stuck in the ports or under the case? I ask because I always take mine off before going into the shop, but I figure if it’s water resistant, it must do the same for dust as well.

  4. Hey chris ive got a challenge for u.
    So i am, in year 12 currently at school and i am making a bookshelf but it aint just a normal shelf its a unique one, with a unique design i was wondering if your interested in giving it ago and try to make my design.
    By the way love your videos they have shown me many new ways of doing things and your designs are truely something else keep up the good work

  5. Your work is so precise and beautiful. Would you consider doing a tools/tips/techniques video? It would be amazing to hear your perspectives on everything from pencil marks to fastener choices to glues to tools, and anything else you think might be interesting. Thanks!

  6. Your work is excellent, both in your woodworking and videography, but please stop talking with an upward inflection at the end of every sentence.

  7. by looking at the dimension , i dont get why american still using that measuring standard, 1 foot 9 inch? why dont you guys say 53cm?like the rest of the world? how easy is that,

  8. Wow! Six hours and still no comments from the Safety Police about wearing a glove while using a table saw?!? There must be a YouTube troll convention going on somewhere.
    Awesome as always, btw.

  9. What finish did you use on this? Any worries about the walnut fading? I’m making a table of walnut and have been getting paranoid about it fading and needing to be refinished in a couple years

  10. Treat yo self, don’t cheat yo self! No, but seriously treat yourself to a new table saw blade, that thing is dirty! 😉

  11. For splinters(shallow ones), use an exacto knife or very sharp(clean) blade, make an incision on top of the splinter going the opposite direction it went in and than flick the splinter out. If you have really calloused hands it really beats tearing up the skin with tweezers. After rereading this it sounds a little unclear. Im sure theres a video of this…

  12. Just waiting for the safety nerds to comment, "Gloves and power tulz are eevul! Yu'll kyll your hole nayborhud." 😉
    Nice work!

  13. Enjoyed the video, Chris! I really like how you decided to just leave the base in 90 degree angles. I think it was the right move on this piece. You must've been twitching by the end of it though…not using odd angles. 😉

  14. Chris, I've been watching you for a few years now, really like that you have a shop now, although the garage is more my area. This is a beautiful piece albeit an orginal temporary solution. Hope it's new home appreciates it 🙂

  15. Those 'upgrades' really move the piece up a league. Looks very classy-retro, if you see what i mean? Bet you want to keep it now! 😉

  16. Always look forward to your videos. Great work, music and a great explanation of how n why, do's n dont's, and a good feeling when it's complete. Thanks as always.

  17. I think I am ready to build something for my parents living room! We just bought large screen flat tv for my father birthday and it needs a tv stand!

    P.s. Fingerstyle music YAY!

  18. I do excactly the same with cars

    I decide to get rid of it because it has problems but manage to sort the whole car out to sell it

    🤣

  19. amazing video as always such refreshing ideas. Someone probably asked this but are you drawing your designs in a draw program or is it an design sort of autocad program?

  20. Really nice video. What a pleasant departure from the frenetic sped up videos that you can’t see what is being done. Beautiful piece and sentiment.

  21. I don't usually read comments so apologies if you've already answered this, but what software do you use for the animations? I find them super helpful and might like to use it for planning my own projects. Also do you feel like it has a steep learning curve? I appreciate your vids. Keep up the stellar work.

  22. Really nice Chris. The first incarnation, the second is even better, the fact that you improved it before gifting it is best of all.

  23. Love that you don’t use dub step/trip hop music and pointless slow Mo montages like 94% of all YouTube videos… thank you 🙏

  24. I've been watching your videos for a while, first comment. Love your designs, and the tempo of your videos are PERFECT. Thanks. For inspiring me to get more involved in something I love.

  25. it's the old story….in a small town with a really great mechanic, the only truck that doesn't run, is his….because he never has time to work on it…..

  26. What brand is the router base plate that you used when flush trimming the edge banding? I need that tool in my life!

  27. Really well done. I really like the updates and how it transformed the piece. Very good sentiment to wrap the video up. – Jim

  28. I am so surprised how much your videos can communicate such a pleasant feeling. I watch them whether to help me focusing on something before sleeping or when I felt worried about something.

    I'm just so grateful for what you've said at the end of the video. "Treat others as well as you treat yourself". Even if someone have said that before you, I heard it from you and I couldn't be more grateful. It's an advice I should have applied a long time ago.

    I broke up yesterday from a 3 and a half year long relationship. We lived together a time and I became more like a "fanboy". Where I should have been a boyfriend.

    Boring part ahead :/ (Always giving attention, giving the most of me to her while letting down a part of me behind. Without noticing she wasn't paying as much attention to me than before. It wasn't a healty relationship anymore.. I have to say that she gave me a lot more than affective attention, she litteraly changed how I was, how I behaved.. Just who I was. I'm not the same and I've done mistakes (actually a lot of them) and she probably did some too. All of that, just to say she did not profit of me, she is a awsome person.) First real break up..

    Everything to say to you Chris Salomone, a huge thanks to your works that go much further than woodworking and helped me so much..
    (And even if I told myself not be sorry for anything anymore, I'm sorry for my broken english and I hope you haven't suffered too much to my frenchly broken english.)

  29. For things like splinters, you should definitely buy fine point tweezers! They are often sold as “ingrown hair” tweezers, but for anything small like a splinter they are WAY better than normal tweezers. I highly suggest try them out. Even if its to help raise the splinter end from the skin so that a normal tweezer can grab the splinter easier….

  30. Incredible camera work and lightning. Do you have a cinematographer there as well? I have never seen more professional wood working videos.

  31. Your pieces are absolutely amazing and inspirational. I hope you can teach me how to make those angled legs because I still cannot get it right.

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