Building My Entertainment Center

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Blog series by Ken90712 updated 06-19-2011 04:04 PM 8 parts 83701 reads 95 comments total

Part 1: Building My Entertainment Center for new TV

03-28-2011 05:21 PM by Ken90712 | 14 comments »

I haven’t done many Blogs on Lumberjocks. A cpl of buddy’s on here suggested I write one on the progress of an Entertainment Center I’m building. We need a new for the new 64 inch plasma TV were buying. The design is a mixture of plans from a Wood Smith book and some ideas found on here. For example the Floating Glass Shelf comes from fellow LJ Storemore, had to change the plans to ensure my Electronics would fit along with looking p...

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Part 2: Need fellow LJ's advice & vote on top.

03-29-2011 10:49 PM by Ken90712 | 15 comments »

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...

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Part 3: The top has been glued up and drawer and doors making progress

04-06-2011 01:40 AM by Ken90712 | 9 comments »

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 e...

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Part 4: Thx for the math Sam on making Ovals for my top

04-15-2011 02:29 AM by Ken90712 | 12 comments »

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 su...

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Part 5: A set back on using dye stain.

05-09-2011 08:39 PM by Ken90712 | 8 comments »

I watched the Woodwhisper dye video using the 7 parts Orange & 4 parts Med Brown dye stain by General Finishes. I love the color. I am making an Entertainment Center out of Ash Plywood for the case & Knotty Alder for the top, drawer and raised panel doors. I used Charles Neil blotch control 2 coats like recommended. For the life of me, I could not get this color to stop streaking or looking uneven on both the plywood and solid wood. I was applying it with a sponge brush. I wipe it ...

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Part 6: Problem on the Top fixed and making progress.

05-21-2011 08:11 PM by Ken90712 | 12 comments »

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 im...

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Part 7: Offically in the Finishing Stage.

05-29-2011 10:40 PM by Ken90712 | 10 comments »

Well, with over 110 hours invested in the home for our new TV, were almost done. I have officially made it to the finishing stage. The case, drawer & cabinet doors have been sprayed with the dye stain and 2 coats of Seal Coat. Tomorrow I start spraying the finish. I will be using General Finish’s Enduro-Var Urethane Varnish semi gloss. I really like this stuff. I have used this on about five projects thus far. Today was a productive day; I got everything sprayed with the two coats ...

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Part 8: Finallydone and TV is up and running!!!

06-19-2011 04:04 PM by Ken90712 | 15 comments »

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 ...

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