Craftsman Style Entertainment Center

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Project by JAGWAH posted 04-06-2010 03:44 PM 4182 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my own EC. I made this after being inspired by the last photo. It may show my effort at scaling the drawing before I started the work. The interior is now painted and drawers clear coated but pictures of that really don’t show anything.

The door mullions are removable. I took one of them to a local stainglass dealer and went through a lot of glass before picking out the right one. I have pic’s of the final 5 that I took home and blew up, cut out and stuck the paper pic’s in the door openings to work through the decision process.

The interior depth is 24”, but when shut the cabinet only reveals a depth of 12”. I wanted this to look like a found piece. The drawers house an ungodly amount of cd’s,dvd’s and tapes.

The cabinet was to be all chechen but the supplier failed to get more as promised. When I finished the cabinet I ran out of chechen and needed more to finish the doors. After waiting a year for my supplier to come through I decided to use Makore’ for the styles and rails. I took my precious remaing two boards of chechen and resawed them into 1/4” thick slabs, edge gluing thus creating the recessed panels. I dared not to plane the recessed panels and so I just sanded them smooth, leaving any edge irregularities. This actually looked better than I’d hoped. Even the surface checks and cracks help make the piece look better.

Another note: the interior is MDF, the drawer glides heavy duty full extension and the door hinges are 2 1/2” butts. The chechen cabinet is attached to the MDF by way of washer headed screws through slots to allow the cabinet sides to move due to seasonal changes and the fact that the sides are full unglued up planks.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#1 posted 04-06-2010 04:02 PM

well done , jag ,

it sure is quietly explosive ,

a little innocence that jump out at you when you open it !

very nice .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-06-2010 04:33 PM

Excellent piece of craftsmanship and artwork jagwah. The chechen really makes the cabinet stand out.

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#3 posted 04-06-2010 06:10 PM

WOW! Great job.

-- He who hesitates is lost...

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#4 posted 04-06-2010 06:15 PM

Great job.

The wood you used and finish look sweet.

-- Kirk H. --

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#5 posted 04-06-2010 06:52 PM

Very nice. Smart move putting the TV on a tray. Makes wiring so simple.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 04-06-2010 07:05 PM

Good wood, design and craftsmanship. Well done Jagwah

-- When you know better you do better.

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#7 posted 04-06-2010 07:47 PM

Thanks, but mostly it’s to show another idea and if your like me, and I know you are, little ideas gather like sand in the brain.

The grains pile up and mingle. Then when the time comes to think about a project or resolve an issue the grains pour out. Even without a need the little grains will pile up and fall out on their own during the oddest of moments. Them’s called epiphanies!

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#8 posted 04-06-2010 11:12 PM

Got that right Jag. Masterful piece of work. If you would care for a pickers opinion like mine. Just beautiful.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 04-06-2010 11:16 PM

great work, i love the tray to pull out the TV nice. I have to make one like this cuz i have almost the same TV.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 04-06-2010 11:39 PM

Ya’ know ….

For Just A Guy With A Hammer … that surely did come out looking exquisite.

But … keep the doors closed, will ya? :-)

Really nice work, Bud. A joy to behold !

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 04-07-2010 12:27 AM

NBeener words to live by…Keep the doors Closed! A lifes lesson.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#12 posted 04-07-2010 02:43 AM

I have shied away from using makore, and passed over some amazing boards of it because a friend told me the sawdust smelled like ammonia and burned the skin and nostrils. Care to shed any light on your experience with it? Beautiful project by the way.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#13 posted 04-07-2010 05:29 AM

I didn’t notice a thing at all. No odor or skin irratations that I recall. Some woods bug me like Imbuia others entice me like Paduak and some rosewoods with their aromas. Only rash I ever got was across the stomach from a belt sanders dust while sanding down some heavily formaldehyded mdf years ago.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#14 posted 04-25-2010 08:25 AM

Wow it looks so much bigger when it’s open! I like the idea of the TV being hidden when it’s not in use. That’s so nice, you must have a large living room. Did you make the shelves next to it too?


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#15 posted 04-25-2010 02:18 PM

Yes, I did make the adjacent shelving. It is bigger inside than it would look from the outside.

The room is actually 11’ x 17’ and it is on the longer wall. There really wasn’t enough room for a typical sized cabinet. By inseting the interior into the wall and setting the adjacent cabinets the same it helped make the room feel bigger.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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