Entertainment Center from a new Woodsmith Plan

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 06-26-2015 02:05 AM 1485 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I liked the looks of this new Woodsmith plan, an image of their finished plan is shown below, so I purchased it.

I got my tape measure out beforehand to measure my bedroom where this entertainment center will be placed. The old TV stand was the first large screen TV I purchased with my first large television set. The stand is ugly. I will give it away and I will dump the TV since it shows signs of dying.

I am making the center cabinet first. I will add the two towers and the bridge between them later.

I have all the wood milled and most of the center cabinet built. I need to find a store where I can purchase the two sheets of glass for the doors this plan specifies.

I believe I counted fourteen clamps used to glue the face frame onto the case.

I am following the plan to the letter; including the molding and paint stain colors. I went ahead and bought all the hardware as specified in the plan from Lee Valley Tools. I bought hardware for the entire entertainment center even though I am currently only building the center cabinet. I could not find metal drawer slides for less money elsewhere. Besides they seem to be rated well.

I have a lot of small detail work remaining on these doors. For this image I just set them up so I could get an image of what they will look like in the spot they will hang.

Adding the bullnose trim should be the easy part. Cutting half laps for the muntins on the doors will be a test.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 06-26-2015 03:47 AM

I built this same project a couple years ago but I like the changes you made to the center cabinet, allows for more better use of space for components. The finished pic is impressive.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#2 posted 06-26-2015 10:45 AM

This is a very nice piece of furniture. Super nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 06-26-2015 03:52 PM

DocK16, I took a closer look at your blog covering your entertainment center. Well done. I was surprised that your wood was oak. It seemed from a distance that it had sap wood like cherry. You added lights in the bridge.

I am afraid I took up woodworking too late in life to acquire the skills you show with the variety of projects you have. Wish me luck.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#4 posted 06-26-2015 04:18 PM

Roger, thanks for the kind comments.

Wow, you turn pens, lots of them. Nice work. I am not certain I would have the skills or the patience to do such intricate detail work like that.

The mini-Jet lathe I have was given to me by a neighbor after her husband died. She said “Jim would have liked you to have it”. I am unworthy. I have bought turning chisels, jaws, a stand, etc for it. What I really need is personal instruction. YouTube instruction helps, but a personal touch would help the most help, I’m sure. Maybe that Woodcraft bowl turning class is what I should sign up for. Do you think that would be a good place to start? How did you begin?

I edited a photo I took weeks ago so I could show you my turning station. You might be able to make out my turning chisels on the south wall and the lathe setup in this cropped photo. This is a garage woodshop so things are stored in one spot and moved to their working station.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#5 posted 06-26-2015 08:20 PM

Great looking build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-30-2015 02:49 AM

This morning before the temperature rose to 100 degrees I applied the stains to these parts. The finish top and the doors got Georgian Cherry and the rest of the center cabinet got Java. These were gel stains from General Finishes.

I will have plenty left over for when I build the towers and the bridge on this project.

I decided to stain these at this time so the stain and the top coat finish will be on the parts where I will fasten the drawer slides and the Euro style door hinges. I stained the glass stop trim with Java, but I have withheld stain for the bull-nose trim until I fasten those on the cabinet. The 1 inch thick bull-nose trim that will fasten around the finished top will get Georgian Cherry per the Woodsmith plan and the 3/4 inch thick bull-nose that will go on the bottom portion of the cabinet and will be stained with the Java.

This is a close-up of the stained doors.

-- --- Happy Howie

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