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Craftsman Style TV Stand

Listing #3425   Listed on: 09/05/2011

Company Name: Custom Woodworking by David Tully

Contact Name:   David Tully

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This is a custom made Craftsman style tv stand, for a client. It's made from solid 3/4" rift sawn red oak. The client needed it to be 24" in height 24" in depth and 54" in length. The hinges are 3/8" inset in antigue brass. It was finished with 2 coats of hand brushed poly, to match a hope chest my dad had made for the her over 15 years ago. I'm 24 and have only just started building pieces for other people outside of the family, please let me know what you think thanks. Other pieces to follow.

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Posted By: D. Baker     [09/08/2011]
Keep in mind you did ask for our thoughts. My first thought is that all of the wood used is not rift cut. The center and right stiles are not. Three boards if not the entire top is plain sliced. The end panels and back are plain sliced. There do appear to be rift cut pieces. One rule of thumb is that within one board of rift cut you should not see the "flame" appearance. In this forum you can look up and see what constitutes plain sliced, rift cut, and quarter sawn cuts. It's really very interesting and tells you about what degree the grain should be in relation to the face in each. In the third board from the right on the top the grain at the center is parallel to the face which never happens in rift cut and is indicative of plain sliced. This is just an opinion but I'd rather see a better hinge for this style of piece and no plain slice. If you paid extra for rift which is typically higher than plain sliced then you need to contact who sold it to you for a partial refund.

Posted By: D. Tully     [09/08/2011]
No its quite ok I did ask for your thoughts. Like I said I'm only 24 and have only been building for others for a short time. I know I still have alot to learn and believe me I'm open to learnig whats out there. As for the hinges they were what the client wanted... I didn't really care for them either. And the refund well I actually asked my local sawyer for all plain sawn but he didn't have enough for the entire project, so he gave me what he had at a great price. I also planed for the end panels and back and also top to be most if not all plain sawn because that's what she asked for. Thank you for the comment I appreciate it and I look forward too increasing my knowledge base about woodworking in general.

Posted By: steve     [09/09/2011]
A good looking piece in general, however you did not sand the saw marks out of the end cuts on the top.

Posted By: steve     [09/09/2011]
How much did you charge the customer for this?

Posted By: Terry     [09/09/2011]
Your piece looks beautiful. I have been a furniture maker and designer for 30 years and I will tell you this.....we all have our own styles, our own preferences to material choices and finishes. Some very old school and some new school. You will never stop learning and never stop developing your skill. From what I see, you are off to a great start and your father should be proud. We all learn as we go...sometimes a hard lesson and others a mishap gone well. these forums are a great schooling method. Looking forward to see more things from you.

Posted By: D. Tully     [09/09/2011]
Thanks Steve and Terry I'm glad you both like it. Steve, there were no saw marks to sand out of the ends... I used a straight edge with a flush trim bit in my router after rough cutting it to length. And before I answer the price question, I'll ask what you would be willing to pay for a piece like this? Once again thanks for the feedback.

Posted By: Jeremy T.     [09/10/2011]
What's more important, was your client happy? Looks nice but the doors and hinges are not craftmans style, the finish is way too light for my taste.

Posted By: steve     [09/10/2011]
My point is that your piece is really nice and you should not undercut on price. Did you recover your true cost of material and labor plus a reasonable profit - are you sure you covered both and was fair to yourself?
By the way do a zoom on the last picture you posted and you will see saw marks on the ends for sure - not sure why if you say you flush cut with a router but picture indicates you maybe flush cut on one end but not the other.

Posted By: steve     [09/10/2011]
My point is that your piece is really nice and you should not undercut on price. Did you recover your true cost of material and labor plus a reasonable profit - are you sure you covered both and was fair to yourself?
By the way do a zoom on the last picture you posted and you will see saw marks on the ends for sure - not sure why if you say you flush cut with a router but picture indicates you maybe flush cut on one end but not the other.

Posted By: McKay     [09/10/2011]
Steve, I believe that you are actually seeing the medullary rays that become so vibrant when using quarter sawn white. I do not think that it is saw kerf.

Posted By: steve     [09/11/2011]
I believe you are correct after I look at the directional patterns on each board.

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