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Building My Entertainment Center #1: Building My Entertainment Center for new TV

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 03-28-2011 05:21 PM 6919 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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!"



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DonH

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 05:25 PM

Hi Ken

Nice project and coming along very nicely it seems. Look forward to seeing the final product.

All the best

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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childress

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 05:59 PM

lookin good brotha!

-- Childress Woodworks

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 03-28-2011 06:28 PM

That looks so cool!

It’s nice to see it from the very beginning…

Thanks for remembering to take pictures… something I find hard to do… most of the time.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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SPalm

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 06:47 PM

Lookin good.
That is really a tease to work outside like that.

Interesting how many hours go into a project. And how much money is involved. Nice to see someone else’s data. But please don’t make me document what I do. It would be disappointing.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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blackcherry

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#5 posted 03-28-2011 07:03 PM

There always a dark side to every project but the end result is something you made with your own hands and not from some factory aboard. Your panels came out great and even better is that you can work out side, were still a couple of months out til that happen here, envy. Keep up the good work and enjoy the project…BC

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 03-28-2011 08:15 PM

Hi Ken;

Great looking build.

You didn’t mention how long it took to keep accurate records like that! LOL That would take me as long as the build.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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degoose

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#7 posted 03-28-2011 09:19 PM

And you are loving every minute of it…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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lew

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#8 posted 03-28-2011 11:33 PM

This is going to be beautiful, Ken!

I really like the “curved” raised panels. Did you use a vertical or horizontal router bit?

And folks wonder why custom work costs as much as it does. Just can’t be done in an afternoon.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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plantek

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#9 posted 03-29-2011 04:14 AM

Looking good Ken.
Looking forward to seeing the end product.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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Roger

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#10 posted 03-29-2011 02:33 PM

looks good to me. nice project in the making. a great addition to hold that new tv. very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 03-29-2011 04:36 PM

Hi Ken,

Stellar job on the e.c build…it’s coming along nicely, and gonna be great for the new t.v….

You will get years of enjoyment out of that one, bud. I built an e.c for a couple I do some work for that I need to post on my projects…..get that puppy finished so we can see the end results….. Rick.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Ken90712

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#12 posted 03-29-2011 05:09 PM

Thx everyone, I have been meaning to do a blog. Its because of all the fellow LJ’s that have helped me improve as a woodworker no doubt. I watched 2 different videos this weekend on finishing. One by the Woodwhisper on dyes and the other Charles Neil on blotch control. I instantly purchased C. Neal’s product! I am considering attending one of his finishing classes. Of course, once it warms up east of the Rockies that is!!! LOL Sorry had to rub it in a little to the boys making comments about me working outside :>)

Agian, thx for the kind words and support.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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therookie

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#13 posted 03-30-2011 12:35 AM

wow nice price breakdown, not many people do that.

-- http://aewoodworks.webs.com

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Beginningwoodworker

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#14 posted 04-06-2011 01:51 AM

Nice start.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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