Building My Entertainment Center #8: Finallydone and TV is up and running!!!

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 06-19-2011 04:04 PM 11420 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally finished the Entertainment Center.

Fist of would like to thank all our fellow Lumberjocks who helped and gave me advice and support throughout this project….
Woodwhisper for color ideas, Charels Neil for my streaking dye help, Storemore for glass top idea and Spalm, Blackcherry, Gary K, Childress, Ken C, Lee Jesbernger, Joe Lyddon, Degoose, Lew, Plantek, Don H, TDV, Rick Demmington, Mafe, Dennis Grossen, 3fingerpat, Beginningwoodworker, DCLW, Scott Byran & any that I forgot!!!!! You all have been supportive and people I respect and would call new friends!!!!

• Total money spent on materials for this project $1100. This does not include some new tools that I just had to have LOL…

Some quick amounts; 300 Lumber, 190, ½ inch glass top, 60 Dye Stains, 180 Plywood, 75 Enduro Var , 35 Seal Coat, 20 Screws, 38 Blotch control, 75 Hardware, 60 Spindles, 30 Black back and some odds and ends.

• Some tools I just could not live without LOL
The new 5500 Earlex sprayer, Hatachi Skill saw, Inlay kit & bits which I didn’t use, Porter cable ¼ sheet sander, Porter Cable Biscuit Jointer & a new hand plane.
Total hours spent = 120 hrs total. As some of you know, I had a cpl set backs using the dye. It started streaking something fierce. So I handplaned the top back down to bare wood and started over. End result I was very happy that choose to do this.

• I used the plans from Woodsmith’s book called, “Bookcases; Cabinets & Shelves. I changed the dimensions so my electronics would fit along with the thickness of the top. I choose to make double raised panels for the sides and raise panels for the doors as well. I Just love the floating glass top which came from Storemore, thx bro!

• New things I learned and tried as a growing woodworker.
Using dye stains and glaze. Working with Epoxy, filling all the knots to highlight them instead of hiding them. Doors and drawers being inset instead of overlapping the face frame. (This took some time to get right, and I have a whole new respect for those of you that make this look so easy!) Using a handplane for such a large top, I got to do this twice thx to the dye problem LOL… Getting better at spray finishing as well. And much more to say the least!

Seems unbelievable to me I started this project 82 days ago. I realize that I work full time along with overtime to boot, and have had a cpl trips and obligations to attend but it just does not seem that long. With 120 hours invested in this, I am glad to be finally enjoying it. Some of the pictures have some weird shadows and what looks to be flaws in the finish but we all know that our pics do not always do our projects justice. My neighbors & friends who stop by to have a brew out of our Keg system have been watching the progress. They stopped by and saw the finished product yesterday and think I should change professions LOL… Not a good idea with 120 hrs invested, I think I will stick to Aircraft Maintenance and do this for fun.

Some electronic info, Onkyo THX receiver, Sony 400 disc player, Sony Blue-Ray, 36 channel clean power and equalizer, speakers are custom made by Aperion Audio, and last but not least, my new Baby! 64 inch Samsung 8000 series Plasma man this is baby is sweet!

Thank-you again everyone for all of your support!

Happy Fathers day to all of you who are fathers and grandfathers!

Most of all I thank Blondie, who always supports my hobby and never questions the money I spend or my ideas of building things. She spent her Birthday helping me set all this up along with being excited and having fun doing it, this is what she chose to do. After 18 years, she is still my best friend!

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

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#1 posted 06-19-2011 04:10 PM

Gorgeous, Ken!!

I really like the way the hardware compliments the design and finish.

Glad to see you got to get a couple of new tools to complete this project, too ;^)


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

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 04:19 PM

Congratulations! It looks great. I especially like that natural edge on the top and the color. Well done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#3 posted 06-19-2011 05:09 PM

Ken, good looking piece. All the effort paid off. What are you using to anchor the flat panel being you live in quake country like all of us here in SC. I am looking for ideas as I would like to anchor with something that doesn’t steal from the look.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#4 posted 06-19-2011 05:13 PM

Yea Ken, Great job.

You have passed a major milestone. Congrats. You are an adult now.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 06-19-2011 07:30 PM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!

That just looks S U P E R . . . G O O D . . . F A N T A S T I C !!

You did a great job on it!

It was fun keeping you company along the way and seeing your progress and results of the various decisions being made.

Thank you for the wonderful journey… and your work keeping us updated with pictures, etc.

May you & Blondie enjoy it for years to come!

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

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#6 posted 06-19-2011 08:04 PM

Woo hoo!!! I have been following this series, Ken, and it has been fun to be able to tag along with you on the build. I have been meaning to put an entertainment center on my to do list since our flat screen has been sitting on a sofa table for quite a while. Your blog on the process has been both helpful and inspirational.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 06-19-2011 11:12 PM

Ken, that’s a beautiful entertainment center….

Custom fit to your stuff, you can’t beat that…..

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 06-20-2011 05:13 AM

Hey Ken – this turned out great! The natural edge really sets it apart. Lots of work… always SEEMS easier and faster than it first appears.. The new keg system may not help with all the neighbors and (probably) several people you never met hanging around drinking your brew!

I have the same Onkyo reciever and love it…...



-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 06-20-2011 02:07 PM

Beautifully done Ken. I know this has been a labor of love and you’ll never regret the time you spent in the build and you’ll also never forget the lessons you learned along the way. Thanks friend for sharing and documenting throughout the build.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 06-20-2011 02:56 PM

nice job! Looks great…

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#11 posted 06-20-2011 03:13 PM

very nice build and thanks for blogging

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#12 posted 06-20-2011 04:38 PM

Thank-you everyone for the kind words and support!
It means the world to me that people I respect have such positive comments on the outcome of this project. I thought it would never end and with some of the setbacks, I had to force myself that good enough was not what I was going for.

Some of my pictures have some weird shadows, but in real life it looks even better. We have all experienced that though, I’m sure.

The natural edge I really like as well, the 8/4 top looks good instead of the 4/4 the plans suggested. Some of my friends that stop by for cold ones, thought it was too thick. Now that it is all together, they all agree it looks great and a thinner top would not have looked right.

The thing I really like is the glass top, ( thx Storemore ) For me it just adds that pop or wow factor I was trying to achieve. I like raised panels as well and the side I chose to do two to break it up some. One, just did not look right.

Hope everyone had a great father’s day. Thank-you once again!
Blondie says thx for all the b-Day wishes as well.

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

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#13 posted 06-20-2011 04:39 PM

Spalm LOL I like it , You have passed a major milestone. Congrats. You are an adult now.

Blondie might beg to differ at times….LOL Always a kid a heart right? Hope all is well Steve.

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

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#14 posted 06-21-2011 04:35 AM

Great job , Ken . It looks fabulous !

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#15 posted 06-22-2011 02:23 AM

Frigging sweet bro! That thing looks awesome. I love it when a project comes together and looks perfect like there was no problems whatsoever when building ;-)

-- Childress Woodworks

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