Cherry Entertainment Center

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Project by Pezking7p posted 11-23-2015 02:03 AM 1829 views 15 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m slowly working through my living room piece by piece, working in a sort of arts and crafts with an asian influence type of vein. This entertainment center is basically a sideboard made to 26” tall to accommodate a big screen TV.

Everything is cherry (or cherry ply in the case of the lower shelf and the vertical dividers), and I used poplar for the drawer sides/bottoms and the web frames. Finish is one coat of seal-a-cell and three coats of arm-r-seal, finished with wax and steel wool.

All construction is mortise and tenon, and the lower stretchers are through tenons. Legs are reverse tapered to match the side table I made. Carcass glue up was very difficult and complicated. I should have done a better job designing this piece for more simple glue ups.

Drawers are dovetailed by hand and I used raised panels for the drawer bottoms. I found I actually enjoyed the process of raising the panels by hand and it went very fast. I think they look so neat with the raised panels. I had a few marking errors while doing the dovetails. This was my first time cutting dovetails so there are some gaps but they are pretty hard to see with the finish.


Drawer Bottoms:

A neat way I came up with to hold the top still why I crosscut it on the TS.

First mortised hinges. There was definitely a learning curve here, but my router plane saved the day.

Mockup pre finish.

This project was a lot of firsts for me (as all my projects tend to be), but I had a lot of fun doing it and now it’s on to the next one. Thanks for looking!


-- -Dan

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 02:19 AM

Very nice. Great design

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 02:25 AM

Dan, you did a beautiful job. That will be a family heirloom for many years to come.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#3 posted 11-23-2015 02:40 AM

Yes very nice. A very classic look.

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#4 posted 11-23-2015 02:44 AM

I really like the creative design! Very nice craftsmanship. Appreciate the photo record of the process. Hope to see more of your work!

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#5 posted 11-23-2015 02:59 AM

Beautiful, love the proportions.


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#6 posted 11-23-2015 03:09 AM

Looks great. I really like the amount of overhang of the top, and the door design. Turned out well.

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#7 posted 11-23-2015 03:33 AM

Fantastic job Pez. It is beautiful.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 11-23-2015 03:49 AM

Really nice Dan! It looks great but the tv looks a bit small, maybe a bigger one, just sayin. ;-)

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

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#9 posted 11-23-2015 05:29 AM

Tremendous job, Pez

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#10 posted 11-23-2015 07:59 AM

Great build, congrats!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#11 posted 11-23-2015 08:32 AM

Solid piece Dan, your design looks good. Great handwork throughout, the tapers and tenons are beautiful. I really like the doors you did.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#12 posted 11-23-2015 12:20 PM

Pez(not supposed to say Dan) it looks great. I like the design and the finish. Well done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#13 posted 11-23-2015 01:17 PM

Great job Pez, I’ll have to echo all of the above, really like what you’ve made !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#14 posted 11-23-2015 01:26 PM

I like your floor registers.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#15 posted 11-23-2015 01:33 PM

This is such a beautiful piece and so well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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