I am looking to build this TV stand.
It is basically a open faced stereo cabinet with a left and right
compartment that each hold 3 glass shelves.
http://www.studiotech.com/jsp/productDetail.jsp?prodID9 Until now most of
my projects have been of the bookshelf or shallow cabinet type built using
pine or MDF so I need some pointers about wood selection..
My issue is what should I build it out of? Should I use solid wood, plywood
or veneer over mdf?
Previously I have always worked in solid wood. However the side pieces of
this unit are around 28x24 which I would assume is outside of the size I can
easily get in cherry or another hardwood. I am assuming I will have to
join the wood with either with biscuits or some other method.
Question - I don't have a joiner if I buy finished cherry in 8 inch
widths to get the edges be straight enough to join?
Mdf over veneer
I like Mdf and have used it to build speaker cabinets in the past however
this items were always painted. I would like to stain this project. I
have never used veneer before. I never would have considered veneer over
mdf however I noticed this was the method that the manufacture of this stand
used to make the cabinet they sell for $700. They veneered the sides and
used a black end banding. I know very little about veneer so I ordered 2
veneer books today and will do a lot of reading tomorrow when the come.
Question - For the sides I assume I want a continuous piece of veneer
and do not want to seam two pieces together? I only checked a few sites but
pieces that are over 25x25 seem to be very expensive. Rocker has 36x96
inch pieces for $60. This is basically as expensive as hardwood plywood.
Am I missing something here? I assumed this method would be less expensive
but if I need to use large sheets of veneer it appears this method is no
I have seen plenty of projects use nice plywood but the edges of the plywood
were always hidden by the projects design. This project has a lot of
exposed edges. This seems like a ok method to me, at least better then
veneer over mdf. This makes me wonder why the manufacture of the stand that
is my inspiration used mdf and veneered the whole thing.
Question - would the method be better then the veneer over mdf? If I
buy the veneer to match the plywood will it real match and will I not see
I have seen some pricing around the internet mentioning $4.00 per board foot
for cherry or $96 for a 3/4 inch sheet. I have 3 23.5x28 sides(and middle),
two 22 x23.5 inch bottom pieces, two 18x28 inch back pieces a 10x40 inch
top. If my math is right I will need two sheets of plywood or 30 BF of
lumber. The plywood I set up with cut list pro and there is 40% waste on
the second sheet and 25% on the first. Total cost around $200. The 30 BF of
wood only costs $135. It appears to come out way cheaper if I use real
wood. Now of course this assumes that I every piece is the exact length and
the correct width to glue up to the right width with zero waste. I know
this will not be the case and there will be a bunch of waste but I appear to
be way ahead of the plywood method by using real wood. Does that make
sense? I know part of the reason for the price shift is to the fact that I
am just tripping in to the second piece of plywood and there will be a lot
How should I be building this? My thought at this point is to use real
wood. Because the project is small enough the cost of real wood seams
reasonable assuming $4.00 per board foot(this may be a big assumption I
don't know till I price) and I can find wood that is already milled to be
joinable. I have never glued up panels so I don't know if I am expecting