Building My Entertainment Center #2: Need fellow LJ's advice & vote on top.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 03-29-2011 10:49 PM 12015 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Building My Entertainment Center for new TV Part 2 of Building My Entertainment Center series Part 3: The top has been glued up and drawer and doors making progress »

So, we have started laying out the 8/4 Knotty Alder top. The plan was to have the front edge natural like in the pics. This will match the mantle in our family room. The I started thinking, being I am trying to be creative. ( which is hard at times for me.)

Do you fellow LJ’s think I should use a natural edge on the back as well? Or just have a cut edge instead? The front reveal will be 1 ½” max, you well be able to see some of the back trough the family room Patio Door thru vertical blinds. ( Blondie likes sun in the house) I planned to do the back same or maybe 1 inch.

I will be cutting a soft curve on the ends to soften it up some. I plan on putting inlayed bow ties for the cracks and will be applying Epoxy to fill in the knots. The top along with the base will be a little darker than the case as I will be doing a 2 tone Entertainment Center.

Hope the pics help. I Look fwd to hearing what you think.

The first pic is the back of the cabinet.

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

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 10:56 PM

Hi Ken – challenging project

I would be inclined to square up the rear edges as the wany top front is the feature of this project. Dont want to overdo it. Just me maybe.

Very interesting project, this should be fantastic whatever the choices.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 11:14 PM

Go for the simple approach… have a feature at the front only…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 11:46 PM

Very nice top! I wonder where that came from! :) :)

Yes, I too vote for Front Only…

... if it were Front & Back, it would remind us OLD folks of Studebacker! :) :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 12:32 AM

Front only.

Don’t want no Studebaker.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 12:37 AM

I am agreeing with only the front, it looks better and it also gives it that feel that is wasnt thrown together


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#6 posted 03-30-2011 06:25 AM

I’m going against the grain here. I’d stick to your original idea. If it can be seen from both sides I think the two front no back look is best.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#7 posted 03-30-2011 07:53 AM

I vote front only as well

-- Childress Woodworks

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#8 posted 03-30-2011 08:15 AM

Front only. Love the look thus far!~

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#9 posted 03-30-2011 10:01 AM

Well so far so good on the Voting! Thx guys, keep them coming.

Blondie came home yesterday while I had them laid out on the top of the cabinet. I explianed what I was thinking as well as telling her I asked for advice from our fellow LJ’s. She said, “she thought that the Natural Edge should only be on the front.” We all know who runs things on our lives. LOL

So I’m thinking the great minds on here have steered my in the right direction. Thx Sorry about the typing just woke up.

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

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#10 posted 03-30-2011 10:50 AM

I can’t help but agree… front only gets my vote

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#11 posted 03-30-2011 01:39 PM

front and sides – is that possible a big miter that would allow the live edge to wrap the sides? you might not have enough material for that look though…

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Rick Dennington

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#12 posted 03-30-2011 03:26 PM

Hi Ken; Stellar job so far on the e.c. Looks like plenty of cubby holes to put all your components and other essentials. It’s gonna be beautiful when you’re done with it…The one I built for this couple was nothing fancy, but that’s what they wanted, so you build it to suit the customers…… Keep on keeping, my friend…It will last you a lifetime of enjoyment…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#13 posted 03-30-2011 06:52 PM

maybe you could rip the live edge off and reattach as a mitered edge that wraps the front and sides. Grain match would be my only concern since you would need to use the live edge from the back plank for the sides. You might be able to pull it off and I believe it would be very unique look…

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#14 posted 03-30-2011 07:10 PM

Good thought won’t hurt to try, if it looks bad I could cut it off and go back to original plans. Ken, Hope all is well out there in Michigan. God its been a long time since we were in High School together!!!!!

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

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#15 posted 04-06-2011 01:44 AM

Ken, the entertainment center looks good.

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