Entertainment Center #2: 2nd Post

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Blog entry by Dano posted 06-20-2007 03:42 AM 1099 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, that seemed to work OK so I thought I’d give you a little more detail about what I am doing. First, I work out of the garage which is shared by many of my other hobbies so space is at a premium. Due to this project I have added several pieces of equipment and I am in the process of building some jigs to help in construction adding to the garage congestion. Enough, on with the project…. The entertainment center is going to be 66 inches long, just over 22 inches high and 24 inches deep. It is being built out of red oak because it is readily available and cheep, emphasis on cheep. I wanted to build it out of the traditional quarter sawn white oak but at 3 times the price and being my first real piece of furniture I decided to go as frugal as possible. The design uses mortise and tenon joinery, will have 2 drawers on each side of which the bottom drawers will hold DVD packages. The two center compartments will have adjustable shelves with glass panel doors.

Some of the hurtles I have made since the start are, one, the four legs. I planned on using 2 inch square legs, one place in Oklahoma City has 10 quarter red oak, the only problem is that the smallest board they had was around 12 inches wide and 15 feet long. Some quick math placed the cost at around 200 bucks, not a good option so I glued up 3 pieces of four quarter oak for the legs. Next issue was trying t get square lumber, although I had a planner I didn’t have a jointer (I do now!) to square things up. A trip to Woodcraft by my lovely wife and I had a Jet 6 inch jointer, now if I just knew how to use it I’d have it made. I think I have it under control now but suffice it to say that there is now more saw dust in this world than there should have been!!

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#1 posted 06-20-2007 03:44 AM

Sounds like your having fun. Keep up the posts.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-20-2007 04:22 AM

Hehe….1st rule of woodworking…...always build items the wife wants…especially those that require new tools….

Congrats on your 1st succesful trip to Woodcraft….many more…:)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 06-20-2007 04:24 AM

Welcome to the hobby and to LJ!

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#4 posted 06-20-2007 04:29 AM

Thank guys, so far this project has gotten me a jointer, Forrestt WWII blade, Porter cable dovetail jig (still in unopened box) and a Bench Dog router table for the old Craftsman saw I have. So far the wife is supportive and I hope to keep it that way.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#5 posted 06-20-2007 07:17 AM

You should check out dvd’s on jointer use. The Gary Rojereski (Sp?) is good.

You need to learn how to square your own lumber ASAP….Otherwise everything is a lesson in frustration. I have a blog on squaring lumber and if you ask a few specific questions someone or many will answer.

Welcome to L.J.

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#6 posted 06-21-2007 02:27 AM


Thanks for the link and I’ll see about finding a video too.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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