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Project by David- Johston, IA posted 07-12-2015 11:43 PM 1130 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I nearly died. Long story, won’t go into details. However, this is what results when a woodworker has to take 6 months off work to recuperate. I went and bought a couple hundred bf of qtr sawn wht oak, and had at it. Some days I worked 30 minutes, some days a few hours. The result is the built ins shown here. I live in Harwood Central (Iowa), so I got a bunch of rough sawn Qtr wht. oak for a deal (just a few bucks a BF). I had to mill it, but it was worth it. You can see some of the figure I was able to coax from the magickal boards. Every solid piece here is from scratch, from the moldings to the drawer fronts. Milled and shaped it all. I always like to include a knot or blemish in every project I do (see picture of crown) so that it is clear my work is not a “production” piece. Anyway, I designed this to fit the space, pretty standard. Designed the drawers to hold exactly 3 rows of DVD cases (see pic) but of course, everything is becoming digital now, so I may just need to take the organizers out of the drawer boxes. Used Brusso hardware throughout (expensive, but awesome!), used a few sheets of qtr ply for behind the TV, but did frame and panel with the whole unit, so there’s lots of solid wood back there too. Lighted the area with some LEDs and wired it all for sound. There are two powered subwoofers in there, both behind the speaker cloth on the Left and Right cabinets, about 1400 watts of power and 11.2 channels of sound. Even though I soundproofed the whole room, I can shake the house if I play Terminator 2, the opening of the Star Trek movie or anything like that. I finished the whole thing off with the carved applied pieces on each of the columns. Those are made of tropical hardwood that doesn’t take stain well. However, did a black on them and wiped off. The effect is sort of a Gold tone with black guided edges. Had the whole thing professionally finished. 3 coats of flat lacquer that required my wife and I to move out for 3 days, but it was worth it!

It is good to be alive!!!!

-- David from Johnston, IA - The four most expensive words in woodworking: "I can fix that..."

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#1 posted 07-13-2015 05:00 AM

Awesome job. You deserve a 6 month vacation ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 07-13-2015 01:28 PM

looks great

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#3 posted 07-13-2015 01:53 PM

Nice! A great way to recover as well.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 07-14-2015 01:25 AM

wow – great job!
Wood working must have helped you get better while off – Carpe diem! ha ha

-- Greg Simon

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