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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 480 days ago 1696 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Dados and Carcase Assembly Part 4 of Arts and Crafts Entertainment Center / Sideboard series Part 5: Wedge and Strap Backsplash, Trimming Top, and Staining »

This is where I am at currently on the entertainment center.

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There is an interesting central splat detail, inspired by Kevin Rodel’s arts and crafts dining chair.

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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.

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The splat has some nice shadow lines, and forms three small squares at the top.

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The splat is mortised into the case. This part functions to support the upper web frame.

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Biscuits join the front rail with the bottom shelf.

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I decided to glueup the carcase in two phases. I left the top web frame off so I would have clearance to direct some good clamping pressure to the vertical dividers.

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Then I added the top web frame, which rests in a rabbet.

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The top web frame is reinforced with a few well-placed pocket screws.

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Next I measured directly from the carcase to build the drawer divider web frames. These are made from primary wood, which is QSRO. They are built with biscuits, and form an incredibly strong assembly.

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The web frames slide into the back of the cabinet….

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...and are glued in place.

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Now it was time to cut some dovetails, and make the three drawers. I use a 14 degree dovetail bit and a Porter Cable 4210 jig.

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The drawer bottoms are aromatic cedar plywood. Despite being a veneer product, they sure smell nice.

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I masked the drawer bottoms so I could spray the drawers with a coat of shellac.

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Drawers finished with shellac, and buffed out. Clear shellac adds almost no color to the poplar drawer sides.

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Now I turn my attention to milling parts for the doors. I had made up the solid panels previously, so this step proceeded quickly.

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The 1/2” thick panels are rabbeted on the back to fit in the groove.

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I wiped a light coat of stain on the panels and clamped them up, and set the doors aside to dry (Note to self: thin stain 1:1 with mineral spirits to prevent panel from staining too dark).

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The top is glued up, but still needs to be trimmed to final size.

Next up will be trimming the top, building the “wedge and strap” backsplash, and some final sanding.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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BigRedKnothead

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#1 posted 480 days ago

You do some nice work. Ironically I am building a pair of A&C tv stands right now. Real similar to my last sideboard. Hey. we gotta come up with something, they didn’t have flat-screen tv stands in Stickleys day;-)

-- Red -- "The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out WHY." -Mark Twain

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 480 days ago

Thanks. I would love to see some of your project pics.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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BigRedKnothead

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#3 posted 479 days ago

Alright, I’ll snap a few in the next day or two. I admire you taking the time to blog it, because I know it helps other Ljs.
This current commission of mine is just a few more like the tv stand in my home, so I haven’t documented it much. Here’s what they should look like when I’m done:

-- Red -- "The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out WHY." -Mark Twain

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 478 days ago

Looks like a great entertainment unit. I like it, and can really see the similarities in the design.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 476 days ago

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