I’m back baby! After taking a very short break from some shop frustrations (see my last post), I got focused on what I needed to accomplish to move the TV console project forward. And I am glad to report that I am back on track. But, before I get to the actual woodworking, I thought I would show how the design of this project has matured.
With the initial design of the TV console project completed, I felt a little uneasy about it. The first thing I was concerned with was the height of the original design. While the balance of the SketchUp illustration was pretty good, I suspected that this project would come off almost like a piece of toy furniture. At 19 3/4 inches, the initial design was was less than two feet tall. So I drew it full size on a piece of MDF and enlarged the design going with a size that simply felt better. First some perspective on how small the initial design was…
The new design is only about five inches taller, but this size successfully moves it away from being toy like in appearance. The width remained the same.
Balance and proportion are so important when designing furniture (or anything else, I suppose). With the original design, a few things just seemed to be a little out of whack: the face frame and the bracket feet.
When I drew the TV console full size, I went with face frame stiles that looked more appropriate. I also enlarged the bracket feet about an inch. I actually adjusted the size of the feet twice before settling on the final size. I want to start looking at furniture design books to better understand traditional rules of design.
With the design nailed down, it was on to the woodworking. I was most frustrated last Saturday; my very strenuous attempts at making my glued up panels flat had failed. By Tuesday, I had located a cabinet shop that could plane my panels. I finished gluing them up, delivered them to the cabinet shop and had them back by Friday afternoon. The cost: $25 – money well spent.
The only components missing from the case are the shelf dividers. There are two of them and they will take a little time to fabricate since they are 1/2″ in width. That means I will have to plane down some of my mahogany. I am going to attempt this on my jointer which has been giving me fits lately. It is not adjusted properly – when jointing board edges, it cuts a taper.
I will also need to add a dado to all three cross pieces for these dividers to reside in. All of this should keep me busy during the coming week.
What a difference a week makes. I am now pleased with my progress on this project.