Entertainment Center #3: Days 3 & 4

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 01-31-2010 04:26 AM 1702 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well day 3 was yesterday and was very short. I had to go out on an install mission and didn’t get back until 1pm. So when I got back I managed to cut the door stock and get the doors glued up. Took about 3 1/2 hrs. I wasn’t able to work on this project Wednesday or Thursday. So today was day 4. I ripped my moulding, routed it, and sanded my doors. Then I cut and applied the mouldings. I ended up having to drive to the shop to bore the doors and drop some tools off. Then I came back and hung the doors and cut the back to fit.

That’s where I am stuck. I haven’t attached the back to the center section yet. It is just leaning against the cleats and taped to the back. The cleats aren’t attached yet either. So far this is the only way I see doing this section. The back needs to be 51.5” and a sheet is only 48”. I don’t have the time or money to custom order a 5’ panel. But I’m not really liking this either. Let me know what ya’ll think. Should I leave it and move forward? Or order the panel 5’ x 5’ and get it done that way?

Anyhow, here are the progress pics. The two end doors will have white speaker fabric after it’s painted. Notice that the reveal at the bottom of the door runs all the way across, and runs across the top of the scribe and speaker doors. The scribe will be removed and shaped to the wall, then re-attached permanently to make the project seamless. (I hope, lol) As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.


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#1 posted 01-31-2010 04:30 AM

Nice progress.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 04:38 AM

sweet and swift ,

can’t you splice a piece to the back ,
to bring it to the 51 1/2 ” ?

or did i miss some thing here ?

your progress is outstanding !
well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 04:40 AM

Hey Keith
I’m not sure but I guess your talking about the kinda frame around the back panel ? I would send a photo In a e-mail to the customer and see what they think without any questions about the back panel, I’m guessing they won’t even notice. All said an done it still looks like your usual top quality work.

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 04:52 AM

Good Idea Jim. The designer is actually coming over to “inspect” prior to painting so I’m sure it’s fine. Patron, I would do that if it was a 3/4” back, but it’s only 1/4” and a pia to glue up. I’ll put it on my could do list though for sure. It may be better to try that then to order a new panel.
Thanks Bently. I also thought of rabbiting it and applying the moulding. I keep thinking to take the easy route, not only because this is a budget job, but because the TV will hide most of it. In fact I’m not quite sure I need bead board there. LOL.

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 05:17 AM

Baltic Birch Plywood is 5’ X 5’ you should be able to find some of it around.

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 05:38 AM

That’s 3 days of work for you? That would take me at least a week. It’s a good thing I’m not doing this for a living. Nicely done. Can’t wait to see it finished.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 06:00 AM

Captain, I’ve been doing this for a long time. The whole point of this blog is for me to do a cost analasys on the project. I am keeping track of the material used and cost, my time start to finish, as well as everything else. Heidi has helped with a little bit of sanding a a little edgetaping (45 minutes worth of help max). But my intention is to see how long it takes me to do it myself. So if I do have help I should be able to charge x amount of $ and get it done that much faster. Thus hopefully increasing my profit margin. We’ll see how I did on this job. So far so good. But I’m not a painter, so that could be my demise. LOL.

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 07:19 AM

Keith, could you put a center stile running vertically in the back frame and split the back into two sections?

Chances are your client is going to put a TV in there anyway and nobody will ever notice that the back is not one piece.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 04:49 PM

Are you setup to spray paint (HVLP)? Unless the client wants the brush stroke look, which has become pretty popular lately.

There was a This Old House where Norm made the cabinets in the garage. The painters sprayed the cabinets for the base coat, then hand painted a thin coat for the finished look. Interesting.

Regardless, that’s obviously a professionally made piece of furniture in record time. I can’t do a cost/time analysis on my stuff or I’d have to start a new hobby.

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#10 posted 02-01-2010 12:01 AM


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#11 posted 02-01-2010 10:31 AM

I made a bathroom cabinet using some scrap beadboard for the door inserts. One piece of beadboard was not wide enough, so I made a lap splice by rabbiting 1/8” off the front of one piece, and 1/8” off the back of another (about 3/4 inch wide). I did this in the wide space between the beads, and filled/sanded till smooth. After spray painting, you cannot see the splice. It would hide even better if you are brush painting.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#12 posted 02-01-2010 06:31 PM

I like Doug’s idea. I would go with rabbeting and joining two pieces. If it’s a low budget project, I wouldn’t be able to see myself ordering a special sheet to fit. I have found myself going too far out of my way and cutting way too much into my already narrow profit to accommodate somebody that wants five star work for one or two star prices. Plus, it only takes a couple of minutes to route out the rabbets. And like Doug said, after paint, you’ll probably be the only one that knows…. Well, you and all of us that are following this project. Let us know.

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