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Blog entry by Lee A. Jesberger posted 01-03-2009 11:49 PM 7624 reads 0 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I think I met my match! My current wife, ( I”m considering trading her in), always says I never build anything for her, or as she would say US. (yeah right).

A while back our projection screen television committed suicide. So we bought a flat screen model that hangs on the wall.

Of course all the “stuff” that used to sit on top of the previous T.V. cabinet was demoted to sitting on the floor.

Thus, the need for a cabinet to sit below the new unit, and house the “stuff”. Do you believe I didn’t see that coming? Doh!

Well, while I was riding in the car with her, she described what she would like. I drew what I interpreted from the description, which surprisingly, she liked. It is tough to draw while riding in a car, so excuse the informal technique.

I started out by measuring the television, and consulting with her as to the size of the cabinet, got started on construction.

Being the veneer nut that I am, and the fact the cabinet was rounded at the ends, it was a no brainer that would be the material of choice. I decided to do an Ebony kick base, with the grain running vertically, since that would make it more time consuming. I’m a big fan of Ebony and I do like the look of it installed in that direction .

I then rough cut the veneers for the cabinet itself. (which my lovely wife chose). She brought me a cup of coffee, just in time to see me finish cutting the veneer. After seeing the ebony, which she didn’t know I was going to use, and was already installed on the kick base, decided the beautiful figured veneer I had cut wasn’t a good match. Too busy.

My veneer happens to be stored between the skylights on the ceiling. The ceiling is framed up to the roof level, creating a fair amount of storage room for shelves. (about 10’ – 12’ above the ground).

I spent the next couple hours getting flitches of veneers for her to look at. Finally, she chose figured satinwood. Then the next couple hours re-wrapping the veneer and putting it back on the shelves.

Well, this same difficult client is now tapping her foot at the front door, so I gotta get out of here!

To Be Continued…

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com



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SPalm

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#1 posted 01-03-2009 11:56 PM

Careful Lee, you could be walking into a trap. The wife units are great at springing these at the most inopportune times. I detect danger. This is going to end up in ‘her’ house, right?

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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tenontim

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 12:01 AM

Keep us posted, Lee. After we get moved into the house, I have to get a new flat screen and make a cabinet for it. Ours is going in the corner, but I haven’t even started on an idea for it yet.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 12:15 AM

Say it ain’t so Steve!!

Run Tim, run.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 12:18 AM

I had to remove one of the entries.

I got so nervous I hit the submit button two times! LOL

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Zuki

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#5 posted 01-04-2009 12:36 AM

This is going to be fun to watch. ;-)

I’m working on a project now for my DW. Sketchup has saved us a few design change “discussions”.

Good luck Lee.

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 01-04-2009 01:48 AM

Oh BOY, we get to watch ol’ Lee sweat!! Hee-hee!! Hang in there partner, you kin handle ‘er. Powder River, let ‘er buck!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 01-04-2009 01:51 AM

Women, can’t train em, can’t shoot em! ARRRRRGGGGHHH!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Karson

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#8 posted 01-04-2009 02:09 AM

Do you want me to give her a call Lee. I think I’m up to it.

But if I remember correctly, she hit you the last time I was talking to you. I think that was a Christmas tree Purchase.

By the way the picture is here.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#9 posted 01-04-2009 02:23 AM

By the way Lee if you start looking for a trade, make sure the new one can cook as well as the “Greek Lady” you currently have. I mean she had fed us some great food for two LumberJock picnics and I think we should have a part in the discussion.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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dennis mitchell

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#10 posted 01-04-2009 03:04 AM

....maybe you could use the Ebony on the new dog house.

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Karson

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#11 posted 01-04-2009 03:28 AM

I think I’ve been awful close to the dog house before. (Ya right)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Greg3G

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#12 posted 01-04-2009 03:44 AM

If I ever want to be humbled about a project….I show it to my wife. She has a way of bringing a new perspective that I have overlooked. The biggest problem is you just can’t ignore her, and she always has to have the last word…..must be the Italian showing :-))

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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John Gray

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#13 posted 01-04-2009 07:15 AM

I used to work with a guy and every morning when he came in he said, ”It’s a hell of a life without a wife and with a wife it’s hell”. ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 01-04-2009 09:54 PM

I’m glad you guy’s are enjoying my nightmare. LOL

You guys HAVE to click the link from Beech Pilot Barry: http://bewareofthedoghouse.com/VideoPage.aspx

I think it should be mandatory viewing at all bachelor parties.

God knows how many of us this would make come to their senses, just in the nick of time.

Karson; I suppose I could get the picnics catered.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Max

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#15 posted 01-04-2009 10:46 PM

Lee,

You are right, that should be viewed at all bachelor parties and as a reminder for the rest of us!!!!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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