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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 03-25-2013 02:18 AM 4986 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Central splat, Drawers, and Doors Part 5 of Arts and Crafts Entertainment Center / Sideboard series Part 6: Lacquer, Wax, and Hardware »

So this is where we left off with things last time…

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The entertainment center features a wedge and strap backsplash to match my 6 drawer dressers http://lumberjocks.com/projects/79208

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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 blade!).

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Here, the top is trimmed to size.

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The inlay is 1/4” thick walnut, mitered to wrap around the backsplash.

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Here the inlay is installed.

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While the glue dries on the inlay, I turn my attention to the corbels. The corbels are let into grooves in the legs, and glued in place. I always wait until the top is in place before installing corbels. That way I can confirm that the fit is good before going ahead with the glueup.

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I don’t like admitting this, but there are faux tenons on the rear legs. The front through tenons are real, however since the back panel is plywood, I had to make the rear tenons false.

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Chamfering tenons with an oscillating belt sander. The tilting table on this tool makes it an ideal choice for this task.

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Cutting biscuit slots to attach the backsplash.

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Backsplash glueup.

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With a guide bushing and spiral bit mounted in my router, I cut an opening for cords to pass through the back panel.

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Staining doors and drawers.

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The top is stained separately.

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The frame is assembled without the back panel, which gives better access to spray the stain.

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I asked my wife which she liked better – spraying stain, or wiping it on by hand. She said “spraying, because I don’t have to do it.” Cute. Very cute.

Next up is lacquer, wax and hardware.

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



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Kyle

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#1 posted 03-25-2013 03:38 AM

Outstanding, Willie. This is awesome.

-- Kyle

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#2 posted 03-25-2013 07:22 PM

Looking great as usual. Can’t wait to see it finished.

Sean

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BigRedKnothead

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 02:48 AM

Good stuff man. Don’t want to hijack you blog, but I promised I would show you some pics of my project…so
here’s a couple I snapped. Clients doubled the order. Guess they want one for upstairs and down. Panels on back and inner shelves will be qswo plywood to stay in budget. Anyway:



-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 03-26-2013 04:22 PM

I can see why your clients doubled the order, that looks like a great project. Nice color too.
Keep up the good work.

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

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BigRedKnothead

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#5 posted 03-27-2013 01:23 AM

Thanks, but I don’t think my work is at the level yours is yet. I’ve really been mixing in more hand tools, and I’ve enjoyed that.
I’m using watco dark walnut danish oil for stain. I’ve gotten in the habit of staining large parts prior to assembly. Then I clearcoat it all when its done. I think I will end up furnishing these clients/friends house before its all said and done.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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cab2u

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#6 posted 01-30-2017 05:14 PM

A great looking piece of furniture. Do you have any architectural drawings/specs for this piece? I’d like to try and build one. Good work!

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pintodeluxe

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#7 posted 01-30-2017 07:50 PM

This was posted as a free download to Sketchup, but is no longer supported. This is about the best I can do for now. If you have other specific questions, I may be able to help.

The doors are 23-1/2×15-1/2
The drawer bank is 24” wide with drawer heights being 6,7, and 9”
The opening for components is 4-3/4” high
The backsplash is 4” high at the peak, and 67-1/2” long

Thanks for your interest.

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

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cab2u

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#8 posted 01-30-2017 08:42 PM

That’s very helpful. 2 additional detail questions:
-is there any top overhang along the back, or does the top sit flush with the corner posts on back side?
-what is the approx space (height to floor) of the installed arched pieces along bottom front and sides (i.e., height in the middle and height at the corner posts for front and sides, along bottom)—that looks like a 1×6, so I’m guessing there is a 1” clearance to floor at the corner posts and a 3” clearance to floor at the mid-point? are those specs the same on all three faces (front and sides)?

Thanks for your help!

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#9 posted 01-30-2017 10:15 PM

This will be a fine piece when you have finished it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 01-31-2017 07:14 PM

Cab2u,

The top extends 1/2” off the back. My reasoning is there is usually 3/4” baseboard trim in the room, so that leaves the top 1/4” from the wall once installed.

The bottom rails are 1×4’s, positioned 1-1/2” from the bottom of the legs. The front bottom rail arches from 4” wide at most, to 2-1/2” wide in the center. The curves for the side bottom rails have the same deflection.

Cheers!

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

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