Live Edge TV Stand Wood Slab

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Introduction: Live Edge TV Stand Wood Slab

About: Love to spend time in my workshop, transform ideas into the real world !

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.

Step 11: Bring Your Work in Your Home

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    2 Discussions

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    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    1 year ago on Step 11

    This is exquisite! I especially like the twist you added to the bowties. Wonderful job.

    KJ

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    seamster
    seamster

    1 year ago

    This turned out very nicely! Great looking table, and it looks super sturdy too : )