I haven’t done many Blogs on Lumberjocks. A cpl of buddy’s on here suggested I write one on the progress of an Entertainment Center I’m building. We need a new for the new 64 inch plasma TV were buying. The design is a mixture of plans from a Wood Smith book and some ideas found on here. For example the Floating Glass Shelf comes from fellow LJ Storemore, http://lumberjocks.com/projects/41018.
I had to change the plans to ensure my Electronics would fit along with looking proportional with the new TV. I never really kept a detailed log of neither time spent nor money spent on projects. Like most of us I’m sure, I always had an idea but not detailed journal like this. I told myself on this project I was going to TAKE MY TIME! So far, so good. I am sure it is taking me longer than our professional cabinet workers on here, but thus far it has been fun. I hope this does not bore you.
• 7 hrs; planning and picking out wood for project & making double raised side panels for case.
• 2 hrs; sanding side panels.
• 2 hrs; gluing & sanding side panels.
• 4 hrs; cutting out dadoes & rabbets with router on case top & bottom & sides for partition’s and shelves.
• 2 hrs; laying out & drilling holes for top and partition’s and shelves.
• 2 hrs; starts cutting and laying out 2-inch thick top with rough edge.
• 6 hrs; making partitions and jig to drill holes for shelf pins.
• 5 hrs; glued and screwed case together, started cutting face frames and bottom rails for assembly.
• 5 hrs; finished gluing on the face frame & installed solid wood filler strip on the bottom of case.
• 5 hrs; sanding and more sanding and more sanding YUK! Cut and glued all shelves with hardwood fronts.
• 4 hrs; started base and flushed routered shelves and sanded.
• 2 hrs; planning size and style of doors & drawer by laying out of wood for Book match and best grain flow.
• 6 hrs; made 2 raised panel doors and drawer front along with locking dado drawer box.
So far this has been fun and challenging at times working by yourself with a big object. I worked under a sun shade outside the door of my shop so I could move around inside the shop and work. I am using Knotty Alder from Rob, @ (www.tulepeaktimber.com) for all the solid wood and ¾” Ash Cabinet Grade Plywood for case.
Money spent thus far;
$300; lumber from Tule Peak Timber, 5/4 & 8/4 Knotty Alder. $180; 2 sheets cabinet grade Ash plywood. $42 Trans Tint dyes $14 screws $9 wood conditioner $10 shelf pins $17 soft close drawer slide $58 stand-offs from Helefe for floating glass shelf.
Thx for reading, all comments welcome.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"