Building a Credenza #9: Getting to the good part

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Blog entry by Blake posted 06-27-2010 07:19 AM 6784 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was Christmas.

The hardware arrived. Including Blum “Blumotion” drawer slides and Blum Euro hinges. Also vents for the electronics and shelf pins.


The Middle Shelf

I made a quick jig for drilling the shelf pin holes.

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The middle shelf in place:


The 5th leg

I decided to add a fifth leg in the back to support the weight of a large TV added to the already massive 6-foot long cabinet. It will not be attached to the floating back panel.



The vent

I glued the leg in place and while I waited I cut the hole for the vent. This will allow the heat from the electronics to escape.


The vent in place:


The back of the cabinet is done and ready to flip back onto all fives:


Detail of the 5th leg:



The 5th leg where it attaches at the top of the cabinet:


The Cabinet Doors

Here is the gorgeous Jatoba stalk for the fronts of the cabinet:


The grain will run continuously across the front of the cabinet from left to right through the drawer fronts and doors.


The stock has been arranged and cut as it will be divided on the face of the cabinet:


Once I had the pieces cut for the cabinet doors I joined them with a biscuit jointer:




And finally I have doors! I didn’t have time to do the final fitting and install the hinges but At least I was able to see them in place before I left for dinner.




Total Building Time So Far: 70 hours

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 06-27-2010 07:21 AM

This is looking really sweet..
Cant wait for the oil..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 08:56 AM

Looking real nice. Looks like 70 hours of pure therapy.

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 11:55 AM

Great idea with the vent for electronics.
Getting closer to completion,
It’s looking super !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 02:18 PM

That is looking great.
Can’t wait for the TV and beer.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 02:18 PM

Great job. Looks like your joints are good and tight.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 06-27-2010 02:24 PM

Your workmanship and design on this is a class act.

-- Joe

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 06-27-2010 02:46 PM

What an awesome piece of furniture! That grain is incredible in the boards. Good call on the layout.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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matt garcia

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#8 posted 06-27-2010 03:26 PM

Wow, that is some gorgeous lumber!!! Did you float about it? Nice piece!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 06-27-2010 04:10 PM

Blake, your work on this Credenza is incredible.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#10 posted 06-27-2010 04:15 PM

Blake: Some great phiotos and progress

Nice job.

By the way thats flip it back on all fives, not fours. LOL

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Damian Penney

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#11 posted 06-27-2010 06:59 PM

This is looking really nice Blake – one idea I’ve seen is to cut some slots in the bottom of the cabinet to aid ventilation so cold air comes in the bottom and out your top vent. Might be worth considering as some components (comcast cable box I’m looking at you) can get pretty hot.

Fantastic piece though :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#12 posted 06-27-2010 07:55 PM

Thats looking really nice, I cant wait to see it finish.

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#13 posted 06-27-2010 10:06 PM

Thanks for sharing the build details on this fine piece. Question: Didn’t you flip it back on all fives? ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 06-28-2010 12:34 AM

when you are finished with this godius piece I know the right spot for it Blake….LOL
I have lineed the sofa and the single malt up
patienly waiting for the final act to be revealed from a great auther and performer


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#15 posted 06-28-2010 03:10 AM

Blake you rock! The fifth leg looks goog, great detail. Awesome hardware you got. Those doors are going to look great.

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