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Blog series by DocK16 updated 03-18-2009 11:11 PM 7 parts 30897 reads 60 comments total

Part 1: Base Cabinet

12-21-2008 07:58 AM by DocK16 | 9 comments »

With flat screen TV prices dropping like gas and the holidays fast approaching the guys at Woodsmith Magazine were right on target with this months issue featuring an Entertainment/Media Center. I have been looking for unique set of plans for for an Entertainment Center for some time and this months issue arrived the day after the wifey and I agreed a new flat screen would be our Christmas present to each other. If you’re not familiar with Woodsmith check out their website which has...

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Part 2: More case work and cut list

12-27-2008 04:24 AM by DocK16 | 5 comments »

Work on the entertainment center is pushing ahead slowly. Even with a few days off work finding shop time is difficult with holidays and company. I spent most of the last weekend milling lumber and widdling away at the cut list which consist of over 250 pieces not counting the hardware and lighting. Anyway I offer this pictoral progress. Here is the about 80% of the cut list stacked on my portable cart. Still have some large sheet goods to cut for sides, top center section, and all th...

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Part 3: Drawers and Doors

12-31-2008 04:42 AM by DocK16 | 6 comments »

Progress is slow but I just have to keep telling myself how big this project is. My original plan was to finish this in time to put the new TV in it for the Super Bowl (GO STEELERS) but I doubt seriously if that is going to happen. Rushing things usually results in do overs. I spent this past weekend milling maple down to 5/8” for the 4 drawers. They also had to be edge glued since they are 8 inches deep. The plans call for the same joinery used on the case work (tongue and dado) bu...

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Part 4: Twin Towers

01-06-2009 07:12 AM by DocK16 | 9 comments »

Casework is complete ending construction of major componets, twin towers on either side of the center console are starting to show the final form. The center piece will be fitted between the top of the towers forming a connecting bridge. Still a long way to go with most of the trim, all the finish work, hardware, glass, doors and panels remaining. I have been thinking of ways to make this piece a little unique and I hope to have a few suprises before it’s all done. Thanks for fol...

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Part 5: Seeing Double

01-22-2009 02:28 AM by DocK16 | 13 comments »

Haven’t posted any updates to this blog series due to home computer crash, so I’m borrowing my son’s laptop to post a few pics. I stated in my last blog I hoped to do something to the original plans to make this a unique piece. I’ve been saving a large piece of 8/4 spalted maple for something special and I think this is it. I was able to resaw it twice and get two bookmatched pieces for the doors and enough to finish the drawers. Other progress includes trim work ...

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Part 6: "Finishing" Up

02-11-2009 06:03 AM by DocK16 | 8 comments »

I can see light at the end of the tunnel with this project but still have hardware and lighting to pick out before final assembly. It has been several weeks since my last blog but a cold snap and empty propane tanks makes for slow work. Plus propane is still going up in price not like gas. Throw in a computer crash (I’ve been gettin my LJ fix on the office computer) and it really slows down the blogging and comments. I was able to start the finish work this past weekend after sever...

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Part 7: Finished (well almost)

03-18-2009 11:11 PM by DocK16 | 10 comments »

This is the last blog on my Media Center Project as taken from Woodsmith Magazine late last year (with a few changes) I’m still waiting on some back ordered hinges from Rockler. I wanted to get this into the house for the Super Bowl but I guess March Madness will do. Wifey not too hot on the spalted panels, but she may have to live with them. Final version turned out to be quite massive having to add to height and width to accomodate larger TV than original Woodsmith plans. Bring o...

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