Arts & Crafts TV Table

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Combine a favorite furniture style with one of today’s flat screens.

By Ben Svec

Overall dimensions: 48"w × 20"d × 29"h

The transformation of large screen televisions from 350-pound, 3'-deep behemoths to slim, lightweight flat panels makes them easier than ever to fit into any home decor. Keeping up with this change is this handsome table which sheds light on the latest approach to home entertainment. Accommodating flat screen TVs up to 42" wide, its thoughtful design provides open storage for a surround sound receiver, DVD player, and center-channel speaker. Two drawers below offer ample DVD storage while the back panel conceals the wall outlet and tangle of cords and cables.

Staying true to the Arts & Crafts aesthetic, I used quartersawn oak for this project. The dark stain allowed me to economize by substituting red oak for the more expensive traditional white oak. That said, the quartersawn lumber can present a dilemma when making legs: The highly prized ray pattern of the face grain ends up contrasting abruptly with the flatsawn edge grain. To fix the problem, I laminated the leg assemblies so quartersawn grain appears on all leg faces. I also glued up each leg to create through mortises without drilling and chisel work. Enjoy these techniques, and, of course, the finished project


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