Painted Entertainment Center/ Armwoire

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Project by Duane Kohles posted 07-27-2007 02:49 PM 4711 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned to build a free standing armwoire type unit to house a TV and VCR/DVD player. She had an existing mass produced faux oak and glass unit made of particle board and veneer, and wanted something that would better compliment the living room, as her house has an open floor plan, and the unit is visible from most of the house. During the discussion with the customer about how she wanted it to function and look, she mentioned that she wanted storage space and she wanted it to match an existing chair she had.

I used poplar and a beaded 1/4 plywood (from a local home improvement box store ) for the construction of the cabinet, doors, and drawer fronts. I used plywood for the drawer construction. I borrowed the chair to help me get the finish as close as possible. When I took the chair to my paint store, I found out the finish actually consists of an oil based paint for the base coat, followed by a wash coat of dark walnut stain, and a topcoat of waterbased poly.

The customer was extremely happy with the final result.

-- Duane Kohles

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 07-27-2007 03:48 PM

Well, Duane, the customer should have been happy. You did a great job. Great work with the paint.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 07-27-2007 03:53 PM

Beautiful design and finish. It looks great in the room.

Wow, that was a surprise on the finish. Is it OK to use a water based product over an oil base?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 07-27-2007 08:34 PM

nice work !!! great description

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 07-28-2007 03:16 AM

This is very nice, Duane, I’m sure the customer loves it!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 07-28-2007 05:48 AM

Sweet designing. Great craftsmanship shown.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 08-01-2007 05:32 PM

Nice design and work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 08-13-2007 03:31 AM

Nice job. I just finished a painted TV cab also. I hate painting, not the look just the work. Yours came out great.

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