Building My Entertainment Center #6: Problem on the Top fixed and making progress.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 05-21-2011 08:11 PM 11289 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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  • Entertainment Center making progress.

Well after some trials and tribulations with the streaking on the top while applying the dye stain, we have fixed it! Thank-you my fellow Lumberjocks for all your help and support.*

As mentioned in my previous blog, I rehand-planed the top and started over with a lot of sanding. I felt the streaking was unfixable and too far-gone to pass Blondie’s or my inspection. It did allow me to buy some new tools. I purchased and love the new and improved Earlex 5500 turbine sprayer along with a gravity feed gun for small jobs. I sprayed 3 light coats of stain and 2 coats of Seal Coat and I’m really happy with the top now.

I have mounted the doors and drawer face. To all the professional cabinetmakers that make these doors & drawers that are inset all the time, wow. My hat is off to you. I have almost got them dialed in with the gaps. I was surprised how long this took me. Admittedly, I was being very careful when drilling the cup holes and setting it up as I did not want to make new doors. I have learned when doing inset doors and drawers to really watch how much sanding you do on the face frame. This can cause some real headaches on your gaps being uneven if your too aggressive.

Yesterday I finished sanding & applied both coats of Charles Neil Blotch control to the case and it has dried overnight as suggested. Today after I return from a friend’s house, we have to fix my Air CompressorvI will spray the case. It has some small cracks at the bottom and Sears after only 5 yrs no longer make tanks for them. We may have to cut the bottom out and weld in a new one if it corroded to much, but that’s another story and not woodworking related…( Sorry… rambling )

I will light knock any whiskers there are down with 220 and start spraying the stain on the case. While drying I will work on sanding the doors and drawer face.

So far, approx 93 hrs spent making this project. Almost done, and our new 64 Samsung is awaiting her new home.

Thx for the helping and all comments welcome.

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

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 08:14 PM

VERY nice bro! good job. Perfect reveal with the door….

-- Childress Woodworks

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 08:43 PM

Very very nice.
It ls looking to be a wonderful piece of furniture.

Who is the little guy in the top left corner of pic #1? With the orange shorts and red hair. Looks like a story behind that. Maybe a shop gnome.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 11:51 PM

Hi Ken,

That’s looking real good.

Sounds like this has been a learning experience on several levels. The next project will be easier, as you will have this to draw from.

The bad news is there’s always so many new mistakes and lessons to learn…DOH!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 05-22-2011 12:00 AM

very very nice

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

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#5 posted 05-22-2011 03:52 AM

Eric thx bra, I havent forgot that I’m coming down to see you! Got side tracked.

Steve, thx yes there is a story behine the little guy. When I show people him I pull his pants down and he shoots a stream of wee wee out. Great joke !

Pat thx hope all is well in San Diego.

Lee, your correct. We are always learning and trying to take it to the next level. Sometimes , no most times I’m my worst critic. Like most of us I suspect.

Roger thx, look fwd to chatting more.

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

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#6 posted 05-22-2011 04:10 AM

Hey Ken, beautiful color stain very rich tone…glad to see your working through the small delays, it going to be a beautiful piece of furniture. Thanks for posting…Wilson

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#7 posted 05-22-2011 03:33 PM

looking great!!

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#8 posted 05-22-2011 04:44 PM

Thx Wilson. I mixed 4 parts med brown with 7 parts Orange General Finishes Dye Stain…

Ken how are you buddy? I read your post on Facebook about the hawk. Wow…. Do you know about the website witht he Bald Eagle cam? The kids would love it. It runs 24 / 7 really neat. Hard to believe how long you and I have been out of hight school. Cya soon when I come back to Michigan.

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

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#9 posted 05-22-2011 06:30 PM


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

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 05-23-2011 02:33 AM

Ken, you are doing a wonderful job!

Thank you for taking the time to take the pics, etc.!

I love the way it’s coming together!

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

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#11 posted 05-23-2011 02:17 PM

Wow Ken, this is beautiful! The top looks terrific-all the joints are super!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 05-24-2011 12:30 AM

Ken you’ve definitely nailed it this time nice job!

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

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