Been busy with day job, so not much progress on existing projects. Two new projects added to my list (WEPs). Building a “Earthbox Planter” i.e., self watering raised bed planner box and a entertainment center for downstairs to hold games, books and videos. This weekend I finished out one of the carcasses for two of the three cabinets and nearly completed a second. These are again supersized ;-) Additionally I build a dual sided 8” saw board to handle full sh...
I liked the looks of this new Woodsmith plan, an image of their finished plan is shown below, so I purchased it. I got my tape measure out beforehand to measure my bedroom where this entertainment center will be placed. The old TV stand was the first large screen TV I purchased with my first large television set. The stand is ugly. I will give it away and I will dump the TV since it shows signs of dying. I am making the center cabinet first. I will add the two towers and the bridge be...
just leaving this as a placeholder and an idea rumination space. I think I’ve got the majority of the details planned out, and may even have some overkill – better safe than sorry, no? I’ve accrued a few more electronics over the past few years and am in need of a ‘larger’ or at least differently organized entertainment center in ‘the cave’. Below is the concept drawing I have put together in sketchup. The first postings in this blog will be about ...
I’m a newbie so I’ve not taken many shots of the project as I’ve gone along, but I’ll post where I’m at so far. Basically, I got rid of one of those rear-view projection TVs and got a replacement wide-screen TV. The immediate issue was how to place it – the walls of the room are wood paneling so hanging it was not an option. I didn’t feel like a full blown entertainment center that would cover the entire wall would work either, so I decided upon mo...
After mounting the slides, I used carpet tape to temporarily attach the drawer fronts. Slides are Centerline 757’s, and mounting is the same as my dresser project here… http://lumberjocks.com/pintodeluxe/blog/34281 -----Drawer fronts installed with 4 screws each.-----Since the drawers are graduated from 6” to 9”, I made a full sized pattern for the largest drawer. Then I marked the size of the other drawers, and used those lines to lay out all drawer pull holes o...
Arts and Crafts Entertainment Center / Sideboard #5: Wedge and Strap Backsplash, Trimming Top, and Staining
So this is where we left off with things last time…-----The entertainment center features a wedge and strap backsplash to match my 6 drawer dressers http://lumberjocks.com/projects/79208 -----Basically it is a shallow dado that receives a walnut inlay. I cut tapers on the backsplash first, then glued the wedges back on. I carpet-taped a strip of plywood to the backsplash to give me a straight reference edge to cut the dados (note to self: rip plywood strip before installing dado bla...
This is where I am at currently on the entertainment center.-----There is an interesting central splat detail, inspired by Kevin Rodel’s arts and crafts dining chair. -----It is a series of slats glued together with the thin parts let into grooves. I found it was best to cut the tenons before creating the stopped grooves. With my first trial I cut the grooves first, and experienced some chipout cutting the tenons. -----The splat has some nice shadow lines, and forms three small squ...
This is my arts and crafts style entertainment center, which is reminiscent of a Stickley sideboard.-----Gluing up the top panel. Here I am gluing up two pairs of boards, while leaving the middle joint dry. This allows me to plane the two planks to uniform thickness before gluing them together to make the top. -----Next I cut the dados that will receive the shelf members. -----I needed to edge the plywood mid-shelf, so I cut the biscuit slots to prepare the joint. I chose a 3-1/2̶...
Arts and Crafts Entertainment Center / Sideboard #2: Pattern Routing Curves, Mortiser Mod, Side Panel Glueup
For those who are just joining, this is what I am building.-----Time to pattern rout the lower side rails with an arched shape. -----I made an oversized base with toggle clamps to hold my workpiece in place. After bandsawing the rail to rough shape I clamp it in the jig, and zip it to shape. -----Arch complete. ------I stained the front side of the floating panels, and built the side assemblies. I installed some 1/4” foam weatherstripping in the groove to help center the floating p...
Here is the next project, an entertainment center that is reminiscent of a Stickley sideboard. The central slat detail gives a nod to Kevin Rodel. The backsplash features my “wedge and strap” detail, also found on my A&C dressers. ----- Leg blanks are laminated from 3/4” stock. Next I add 1/4” thick veneers on two sides. Even though the finished veneers will only be 3/32” thick, I leave them 1/4” thick for now. I find that 1/4” stri...
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