Building My Entertainment Center #3: The top has been glued up and drawer and doors making progress

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 04-06-2011 01:40 AM 10117 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well things kind of slowed down for me this past week. I have been on day shift going to Advanced Avionics for our company, to brush up on trouble-shooting problems on our Aircraft. I really prefer graveyard shift and getting off at 11am. Although I know, the hours in the day are the same. It seems I achieve so much more work getting off at 11am, than getting home at 3pm.

My last blog, I asked for help and advice on if I should do a natural edge on the back as well. Well thank-you everyone for all your help and advice! It was decided NO, it would not look good. A good friend from my childhood on Lumberjocks named, Ken C and some others suggested tying the natural rough edge to the sides of the top.

I did an experiment with that idea, before I cut the 8/4 to length. Blondie did not like it. (We know who really run’s the show, even though I tell you all I do!) LOL…

She felt it did not blend in enough due the grain change that stared right at you while looking down. So were back to the natural cut edge but we have decided instead of the ends being a 90* we will do a soft curve on the ends to match the curve of the floating glass top that the TV will sit on.

Thank-you, for the idea everyone!

Today I finished the second glue-up of the top after cutting in the biscuits yesterday and gluing two of the three panels up. When we have guests over that are non-woodworkers they always say, “you really need all those clamps?” Well we know we can never have enough. I had just enough once again, so time to buy more :>)

I received my Charles Neil Blotch control today, so I need to get the base built so I can start staining the case. The base and top will be stained a darker color than the case, giving it a two-tone look.

Now that the top is glued up, I can make the template for ½ thick glass top and order that on Monday.

I am now up to 59 Hrs of labor for this project.

New purchases
1 JE Mosner finishing brush $50.00, Rob tells me it makes you look like a genius, it better LOL

2 bottles of Charles Neil Blotch control $38.99

Thx for looking.

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

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

Looks good, Ken.

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#2 posted 04-06-2011 01:56 AM

coming along nicely. looks like a good glue-up. :)

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

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#3 posted 04-06-2011 02:14 AM

That is a mammoth top! You should have saved that puppie for a bench.

I like the choice you made about the edging. It is so nice to be the man and tell Blondie what you are going to do :)

I will be interested how the blotches turn out.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 04-06-2011 02:24 AM

Looking good so far Ken.


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#5 posted 04-06-2011 07:33 AM

Yes, I can see it on the ends too… Good decision by Blondie… :)

Looking good!

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

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#6 posted 04-06-2011 10:54 AM

Now that’s a top!

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

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#7 posted 04-06-2011 02:01 PM

looking good…

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#8 posted 04-06-2011 06:05 PM

Looking good said the fly on the wall.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 04-06-2011 10:30 PM

nice set of clamp´s ….. :-)

but realy get that electronkiller of that top …. its destroying the wiew to the wood …..LOL

its looking good sofare Ken


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