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I finally got my step daughters entertainment center done. The top, bottom, partitions and shelves are 3/4” birch plywood. The back is 1/4” birch plywood. The drawers are 1/2” plywood. The trim, shelf fronts and drawer covers are 4/4 Poplar. I decided to make the cabinet out of birch thinking it would look nice being stained walnut, cherry or medium oak. When I asked my step daughter what color she wanted her cabinet stained, she said BLUE!! I said Jess, if God wanted a blue tree he would have made one! It is not something I would want for myself but have to admit it looks pretty good. It is stained with 2 coats of sea blue metallic dye from Woodworkers Supply, 2 coats polyurethane and 2 coats of paste wax applied with 000 steel wool. The pictures do not do it justice but the grain really stands out. I am being told she wants some GREEN and PURPLE book cases now!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa





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Sef

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#1 posted 1777 days ago

But, God did make a blue tree. I think it’s called the blue mahoe, from Hawaii. We all know he made purple too, but I’m not so sure about green. :-) By the looks of it, your daughter knew what she was doing, asking for the blue. I can’t wait to see the rest of the rainbow.
Sef
http://chathampenworks.com/

-- I may not know a lot, but at least I know that I don't know.?.?. I think. http://chathampenworks.com/

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Rj

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#2 posted 1777 days ago

Tom as they say the customer is always right !
I think you did a superb job and in the right setting I’m sure it will look great too.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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mikethetermite

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#3 posted 1777 days ago

Blue or not it turned out great.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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woodworm

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#4 posted 1777 days ago

Great finish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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kolwdwrkr

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#5 posted 1777 days ago

Nice work! Good to see you back at it. Hope all is well.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1777 days ago

Missed your post. very nice entertainment center blue or not.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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mthomp0725

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#7 posted 1777 days ago

Tom, You are truly a talented guy. Great job!

-- He who hesitates is lost...

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stefang

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#8 posted 1777 days ago

I think you should consult with your daughter on finishes more often. The finish is just right (in my opinion) for the piece. The design is fantastic and so is the build. Again, I love the blue finish.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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dlcarver

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#9 posted 1777 days ago

GREAT JOB ! TOM
DAVE

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,http://dlcarver.etsy.com

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ND2ELK

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#10 posted 1777 days ago

Jess will be happy to know that everyone so far likes the color. OK you guys, you win. BLUE IS BEAUTIFUL!

Stefang: Thanks for your comments. The design is fairly plain but we were after functional and Lainie proof! Lainie is the 3 1/2 year old granddaughter that has no fear. If it can be climbed on, it will! If you can stand on or sit in the drawer, it will! The drawers have 1/2” drawer bottoms and 100lb full extention slides with extra screws added to hold the extra weight!

Thanks everyone for your comments!

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Pdub

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#11 posted 1777 days ago

I agree, the color looks great. I like the bold look that was achieved using the 4/4 for all of the trim. I look forward to seeing the book cases next. Great job!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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GMman

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#12 posted 1777 days ago

Very good job Tom and I like the color something different, and remember kids will be kids but we still love them.

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shopmania

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#13 posted 1777 days ago

Great job Tom! Looks great!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 1777 days ago

Hi Tom;

I have to agree, it looks good.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Mike

247 posts in 2007 days


#15 posted 1777 days ago

Hi Tom,

I like the color ! Great Job!

: ) Mike

-- Mike, VT

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