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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 03-25-2013 02:18 AM 1866 reads 0 times favorited 5 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 mdf 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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sb194

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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:



-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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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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#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.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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