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Project by jmartel posted 08-09-2015 11:38 PM 2325 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend of mine saw the walnut coffee and end tables that I built for myself and asked me if I could make him an entertainment center that he was considering buying from Pottery Barn cheaper. Deciding that I needed to replace my old craftsman tablesaw and that he’s helped me enough to justify doing some work at a discount, I accepted. Plus, this way instead of MDF, they received cabinets out of much sturdier plywood. After some brainstorming with him and his wife, we came up with the idea to use a craftsman style instead of the style of the pottery barn cabinets:

My changes in the trim are:

I had only done plywood casework once before, and it didn’t go that well, but I figured I had a couple more years experience now so it would work out.

So after getting a check I drove north to Bellingham to pick up a Grizzly tablesaw and a grizzly tracksaw to make things easier. After picking up about $1300 worth of materials, I started to break down the sheets into more manageable sections:

Cut all the dado and rabbet joinery using my router and edge guide, and everything went together quite smoothly. I used a slot bit to create slots on all of the forward faces to attach the solid trim. I ended up having to get couplers to extend my pipe clamps since I didn’t have any clamps long enough for the 62” wide center pieces.

Once I got the cabinets mostly together and edged, I built the doors. There aren’t really many photos of that process, but they make a big difference once they are put in. Unfortunately my cases weren’t quite square when glued up, which made fitting the doors a big hassle since they are inset.

Rather than a simple molding, we decided on curved dentil blocks. More work, but I think it really sets this apart from what you can buy commercially. This was my first time cove cutting on the tablesaw, but it went quite smoothly. Just a pain in the butt when sanding/finishing. Next time I’ll finish the blocks separate and nail them on later after finishing everything else. I mistakenly glued them on the trim before finishing.

Blurry photos from when I first delivered the cabinets about a month ago. Schedules didn’t line up very well, so I couldn’t do the finishing touches until today:

All in all, a big project. I’d definitely charge more for anyone else since I definitely gave them a really low price, but I don’t regret it. Got a lot of experience and I still had enough money after materials to buy a tablesaw, tracksaw, and a few other things.

We finished off today’s final touches by watching a MotoGP race.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.





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#1 posted 08-09-2015 11:51 PM

Very nicely done. I couldn’t tell craftsman style apart from a Sears store, but the coved blocks do add a nice touch.

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#2 posted 08-10-2015 12:05 AM

Wow, Thats a monster of a project jmart. It turned out really really nice. Color me impressed.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#3 posted 08-10-2015 12:16 AM

Estimating how long it will take is an art in itself.

I am sure your friend is happy. You do nice work.

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#4 posted 08-10-2015 12:28 AM

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#5 posted 08-10-2015 01:57 AM

Great work Jeff. It was fun watching this build. It has to be very gratifying to build a piece for someone else and have them satisfied.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 08-10-2015 02:39 AM

Super nice. Something to be proud of.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 08-10-2015 03:23 AM

Thanks guys. I’m just glad it’s gone now. Took up my entire garage and my downstairs storage room as well.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#8 posted 08-10-2015 03:44 AM

Beautiful work!

-- 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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#9 posted 08-10-2015 04:07 AM

Supergreat work bud!

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 08-10-2015 04:45 AM

Thanks, Fridge and Bob.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#11 posted 08-10-2015 12:20 PM

Great work, JMart. Looks really nice.

-- Byer-- "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- T.R. Roosevelt

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#12 posted 08-10-2015 02:31 PM

Thanks, Byer. I appreciate it.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#13 posted 08-10-2015 05:04 PM

Great design and beautiful craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 08-10-2015 05:06 PM

Beautiful, Jmart! The crown moulding is top notch. Are the smaller doors beaded? And what are those light colored square things on them, some kind of child safety thing? Congrats on the happy ‘customer’ and the new tools! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 08-10-2015 05:38 PM

Candy,thanks, and no beading. The doors are just flat panels with flat stock around the outside. The white squares are child safety locks that they added. I guess their daughter liked to open the doors and such. I had to chop small mortises into the open shelves in the center section so that way the daughter couldn’t pull the shelves out like she apparently likes to do.

Thanks John.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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