CHERRY TV ARMOIRE
It all starts with building a box.
SHOP OWNER: Bryan Cowing
LOCATION: Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
I made this TV armoire for my wife’s friend. She saw one similar that she liked at the local big box furniture store. I used the same dimensions and color as the one at the store. I made the trim with available tooling I had on hand, as I couldn't reproduce the furniture store trim.
The interior is just an empty box sized for a 27" TV. It measures 24D x 43W x 72H. The sides are solid cherry as is the front and all trim. The drawer box and back is birch veneer plywood, as is ceiling and partition above the drawer.
I used biscuits as a third hand to help position the crown molding while installing it. I used my Foley Belsaw planner/molder to mill the crown molding.
I cut the dentil molding with the aid of an old Sears router jig, using a 1/2" core box bit. I never used the jig before and had it hanging on a wall for the last 12 years. I needed to drill the base to attach my Porter Cable router, as I sold the Sears router long ago. It’s just a simple plastic jig with some stops, springs, and an index pin.
The front pocket doors ride on Accuride flipper door slides.
To make the rosettes, I used a rosette cutter, which I picked up from an old furniture factory for $35.00. The cutter has very heavy blades welded together and cuts a nice profile. I use it in my drill press set at slow speed, with the cherry clamped.
To make the fluted face molding on the front, I used a ˝” flute cutter in the shaper. I used a router bit to shape the blocks below the fluted face molding.
The stain color is cordovan from the ML Campbell Woodsong II line. This awesome stain dries in 30 minutes. I followed this with three coats of a pre-catalyzed satin lacquer.
This shot shows the furniture store TV armoire on the left, and my finished version on the right.. . . Bryan Cowing
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