Building My Entertainment Center #4: Thx for the math Sam on making Ovals for my top

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 04-15-2011 02:29 AM 10326 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: The top has been glued up and drawer and doors making progress Part 4 of Building My Entertainment Center series Part 5: A set back on using dye stain. »

If you are addicted to this site like me you probaly did not miss this post.

Sam Sakouri was kind enough to share this post with us on making ovals. There was some great discussion as well as a lengthy explanation from Sandy; ( an MIT Graduate. ) Some people are too smart LOL….

Therefore, I decided to put a small curve on the end of the Entertainment center and figured it was a perfect time to give Sam’s formula a go. I sure didn’t want to mess this top up being it was 2 inches thick and 80 inches long. It worked perfectly or at least that’s what Blondie tells me. She likes the soft curve on the top. This should match the floating glass top idea from Lumberjock Storemore

I then proceeded to flatten the panel with my Jack Plane and now have it sanded to 150 grit, both sides. ( I cheated a little on the bottom of the top, being we won’t see much of it. ) I had the color picked out for the top but after watching a Woodwhisper video and using a color recommended by a fellow wood-worker I need to try a new mix some up with some of my dye’s … It had an orange and some yellow mix into it and it look great.

Once I have the color figured out this weekend I can mix up the West System Epoxy and add some dye to it and fill in all those great knot-holes on the top. Rob, from Tule peak Timber has been guiding me to take wood to the next level and using dyes and epoxies.

This weekend I hope to get the 2 book matched doors mounted and the drawer installed as well. I finished sanded the doors to 320 thus far. I will be starting on the base this weekend as well.

Just a quick hello to my buddies on here, and thx for taking the time to help and read this blog the encouraging comments from everyone.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 04-15-2011 02:39 AM


You’re making progress!

I really like those curved ends… really cool… Much better than straight line square lines…

Thank you… keep it up!

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

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#2 posted 04-15-2011 03:52 AM

Nice work Ken, just cut out a arch top today myself, will post at later date. Enjoy watch your progress, take care …BC

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#3 posted 04-15-2011 04:37 AM

i am following your project with great interest and i am glad you are doing it in a series of steps
i like your approch to this no point in jumping into this and have to redo or correct things
i am watching and good luck with this and listen to BLONDIE !
till next time


-- Kiefer

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 04-15-2011 04:46 AM

Very nice work, Ken.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 04-15-2011 12:51 PM

Like the cuved ends Ken with a thick top like that it adds elegance very nice

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

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#6 posted 04-15-2011 02:06 PM

Great job Ken and inspired styling.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#7 posted 04-15-2011 04:18 PM

looking good – keep it going…

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#8 posted 04-15-2011 05:06 PM

Good job sir.
I’m still watching.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 04-16-2011 03:08 PM


I love the blend of styling- the inclusion of the natural features of the wood and the modern curves of the top- and future glass addition.

“Blondie” has great taste! But then you knew that because she married you, right ;^)


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

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#10 posted 04-16-2011 04:27 PM

Thank-you, for all the kind comments and support. This site means the world to me. Sharing this project and hearing from all of you is a great feeling. I wish we all lived close for coffee in the morning at each other’s shops… LOL

I have finished my 2 week school for work and I’m off until wed so I have some shop times reserved LOL

Thx again.

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

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 04-16-2011 09:23 PM

Hi ya Ken,

The e.c. is coming along nicely, and you’ve done a stellar job on the top, doors, and the carcuss. It’s going to be one really nice set-up when you’re finished. I sure enjoyed building the one I did….I enjoy building anything…..:). Keep up the good work, and will continue to follow this blog until it’s done….So far…so good..

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

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#12 posted 04-20-2011 12:24 AM

Ken you is making good progess.

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