Introduction: Live Edge TV Stand Wood Slab
All that project begin when I bought my new 65'' tv. I know all my inspiration would transfert in big amount of work ... I've learned so much during all the processes and encourage everyone to create their own.
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Step 1: Design / 3D Models
It's always good to have a complete design before beginning your work ...
Unfortunatly, you will face deviation and or issues when you work with live edge wood. But still, having a general idea where you want to go, it's always the first step of a good work !
Step 2: Flattening Wood Slab
In my case, I've found my woodslab (Birch) in a local lumberjack company. They dry it and sell it to anybody for project ... The Birch slab cost me 200 $/can. It was about 4 in. thck. x 36 in. x 80 in. long.
Most of the time or every time, the drying process will generate a bend in the slab that need to be flatten.
I have search over the internet for the best way to flatten a large woodslab. Finally find out the best and cheaper way was to build a router table as the flattening tool ....
The router table cost me around 40$/can. to build ...
When the setup done, be prepare and enjoy about 4 to 6 hours of router :-D
Step 3: Legs
Since I'm not well equiped with a welding machine at home, I design and draw the legs and make them build by a local worshop.
Step 4: Amplifier Support
Once again, since I did not have the appropriate tools, I had the support made by a workshop.
The design was done by my self ... I was scare to see the support bend with the amplifier weight ... so I done finish element on it ... To eliminate the deformation, I need to add two flanges ... one at the front and one at the end ...
Step 5: Dovetail
My wood slab had a big crack at the end ... 2 options was there for me ... fill it with epoxy or do some dovetail.
I chose the dovetail option ... The idea was to make them original ...
I glued together Rosewood and an a thin piece in the midlle to come out with a unique finished ...
The only thing left was to cut them in different size.
Step 6: Bark Removal
No special technique with that step ... All you need is a couple of tools and patience ...
Step 7: Painting Leg and Support
I sent my different parts to a powder coat painting process ... that way, it end with a robust and clean finished !
Step 8: Carving the Dovetail
Since every dovetail were custom size, the only way for me was to aligned them on the table ... and draw the perimeter.
Then, I use a router to make the first rough carving ... Make sure to ajust the height to let the dovetail go over the top a little bit. (allowing final sanding)
Finished the carving with a wood chisel.
I good tips is to make a little draft angle in your dovetail ... that way, when you will insert them, the fit will be almost perfect !
Step 9: Final Sanding and Varnishing
I've done 3 layers on the bottom, and about 5 layers ton the top ...
Step 10: Legs and Support Assembly
Finally, it was the time to assemble everything together ...
Aligne each part attentively ...
Mark and pre-drill every holes needed ...
Screw them and enjoy your the last time you'll see your TV stand bottom way.