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Project by RJones posted 07-30-2007 02:26 AM 2522 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my latest commision, a paint grade enterainment center. This is mostly most client’s design based off of a picture she sent of something she found off the internet. Constructed from Baltic Birch and Poplar this was a pretty basic carcase like construction with really no frills. I should have had only 20-30 hours in it but this has to be one of my worst projects on record so…. Sure it doesn’t look to bad but getting here was a journey!!! I have never made so many stupid mistakes(stupid = mistakes I have made before or mistakes I wouldn’t have made if I was only paying attention) on any project ever! Then to top it all off it cut into my LJ Challange time considerably:( Oh well

Anyone interested I should have the plans up in a couple weeks or so


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#1 posted 07-30-2007 02:54 AM

well.. start typing—what are the “learning opportunities” ??? aka mistakes.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-30-2007 03:06 AM

Nice work
I need one like that to fit a 52” television.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#3 posted 07-30-2007 03:30 AM

Ms Deb,
I don’t think there’s enough space in this post!!
1. Cut backs too short on base, fix=dado top to fit down over sides and make backs fit
2. built and set door only to realize it didn’t fit flush fix=rebuild door and pay more attention to it laying flat having never built doors with 45 degree angles this was a learning process:(
3. Cut horizontal pieces on top to short,(even after I layed out the length on the base cut the damn wrong line:() fix=had to buy another piece of plywood
4. after buying new plywood now the dados didn’t fit cause the new plywood was maybe 1/32 thicker. Fix= re-dado, a realllll pain to make the existing dados just big enough to fit new plywood, sure I did it no problems it just cost me more time:(

These were just a couple mistakes that probably cost me a day or so but I guess I learned alot

Hey John the TV area is about 36 1/2” high X 59” or so wide this should work well for you. I think there’s about maybe $250 in it


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#4 posted 07-30-2007 05:37 AM

Nice project, we’ve all had those dumb days when nothing goes right – I seem to have one on every other project, but I always seem to learn a little something from each mistake.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-30-2007 06:23 AM

Well the best lessons come from the worst mistakes.

(at least that’s what I always tell myself)

Nice project.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 07-30-2007 02:15 PM

I must say there were even many more than I posted:( One of those projects that if I never had another go like this it would be one too many:) Thanks guys Cajunpen I think this was a dumb week or two, lol

Lee I will have to remember that one!!


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#7 posted 07-30-2007 05:34 PM

Even though you had difficulties the project looks great. You did a fine job finding solutions to the problems that arose.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 07-30-2007 05:41 PM

Thanks Os, it was just very frustrating to spend way more time than I needed to:( and that left me about 1/4 of the time to work on my LJ challange:( Oh well I am putting the final coats on that so I should be able ot submit it tonight with any luck:) I guess they all can’t be easy huh?


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#9 posted 07-31-2007 07:32 PM

Really great. I can make a mistake turning on the lights in the shop. Nice job!

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

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#10 posted 08-01-2007 01:24 AM

Mot that’s just funny and guess what?? I can cover up a mistake by turning the lights off!! LOL


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#11 posted 10-14-2008 04:58 AM

Do you still have the plans for that entertainment center?

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#12 posted 10-14-2008 06:07 PM

Hey Paul I am not sure that I ever did get any plans together for that project but if you need some direction I can probably help out just yell.


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Todd Thomas

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#13 posted 02-07-2009 11:03 PM

nice looking project….good job…well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#14 posted 02-07-2009 11:32 PM

Nice looking – if I didn’t already have two, I’d probably want one like this. Hubby designed and built both of ours, to fit around televisions we already had, so I can’t ever buy a LCD television larger than 32” – Oh, well, we’re both getting old so these two will outlast us.

-- Nancy

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#15 posted 02-09-2009 08:50 PM

Thanks:) The cool thing is that I built this what a year and a half ago? As I try to every one and again, I contacted this client the other day to check in and make sure it’s still working out as she had hoped and she’s still as happy as the day I delivered it:)


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