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My Hardwood ADA Stand

I really like the design aesthetic of the ADA stands, but I've never been a fan of the gray laminate finish option. I decided that I would try the same thing, but with a hardwood veneer, since I didn't have the tools (at the time) to make it out of solid hardwood.

Anyway, the only requirements my wife had was that it match the furniture in the room it will be going in, all of which is dark. Ok, I thought to myself, I can do that.

As you'll see in the pictures below, the stand started out as 3/4" MDF and was assembled with countersunk screws.Then I filled the holes, sanded smooth and went to work with the veneering. I don't think I would ever do a whole table like this with veneer again, but it did turn out relatively well. If and when I make another, it will be out of solid wood. This particular veneer was mahogany, with an espresso stain, and urethane/oil finish. I also like the look of pulls, so I added a couple of simple ones to the finished product.

Another month or two, and I will have a finished tank/stand finally set up in the living room. I've been planning for 6 months now.

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 06:41 AM
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Nice Stand or...

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Hah, don't worry. Sawdust has been removed.

Thanks for the compliments!


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nice job man, stand looks awesome!


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you said you poly and oil. did you oil before or after poly? and if so what kind of oil did you use?

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oh super nice stand
fantasitic expresso finish

i really like ebony but i might change to expresso
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oh and did you route the veneer off or cut to size then apply?
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Love the simplicity of the ADA style stands. Very nice!

What style hinges did you choose?

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The "unfinished" look (before stain) is pretty sweet too.


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I would have to agree with you on that aspect Wasserpest. It is probably due to my liking of lighter wood better than dark wood, but I actually prefer the unfinished one.

The finished product is still very nice though.
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Thanks guys. Glad you like it.

doubleott05 - The finish was a combo so it was an all in one thing, which was nice. Although I did do a bunch of coats. Also, since I did not have many power tools at the time, pretty much everything was done with hand tools. I cut the veneer down by hand after it was applied to the MDF. Time consuming but looks nice when it's done.

MlDukes - they're just regular euro style hinges.

I kind of liked the pre-stain look also. Would have been nice to just put some watco oil on there and call it a day. But I had rules I had to follow!


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Just curious what you cut the veneer with. I may do a laminate for my stand, but I don't want to have to go out and buy a router for it.

I assume the rules to follow came from the boss-lady, a.k.a. wife.
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