entertainment center, white and red oak, 80-1/2" wide X 54-1/4" tall X 25" deep

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Project by Jim Earl posted 01-07-2007 04:50 AM 1961 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
entertainment center, white and red oak, 80-1/2" wide  X  54-1/4" tall  X  25" deep
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While I was working under Oak-N-More custom woodworkings, a gentleman called me from central Illinois, asking me if I could make a custom entertainment center to his specs. I said come up and lets draw it up and see what I can make for him. After six week of hand sanding combineing slabs of raw oak together, and assembling, I called the customer up and told him that his entertainment center was ready. I really dont know how much it weighed but took 5 guys to lift it on a flat dolly, and load in his trailor. The gentleman was so satified, he ran an article back in his home town and I got a few more custom orders. I sent him a very Thank you note for the word of Thanks. This is one of my most prized projects I have made.
There where a few comments about sanding not being the only step on finishing this project, and so you are right. I first called my supplier and order aload of raw red and white oak wood. I uesd raw wood for saw mills as much as I could. Ahter receiving the order I looked over to pick out just the right peices to fit the special project. All wood in the Entertainment Center came from a saw mill and had no finished surfaces. I then proceeded to join all the wood to come up with at least 25-1/2” due to the finished depth to be 25”. All I had at that time to join wood together was dowel pins. I could not afford a biscuit cutter, ( that would of been a whole lot easier). All cuts where done by an older 7-1/4” Crftmans Table saw. { just a note: I have gone through 2 Ryobi 10” table saws and still have the old 7-1/4” craftman saw} though all my workings. The old machery does last longer that the newer models. A rough sanding was done before any assemblyon here. While assembling another sanding, and then after final assemblinga finish sanding was performed. There where several joints that had to be put together while assembling was being done, due to the fact that parts where not ready for final assemby until other joints where made. I feel this project let me grow as far as being a better craftsman and I am proud of the finish product. The trim on the glass was soaked on hot water and gradually bent with a jig I had made for bending wood. I still have the jig and has used it several times sence then. I hope you all like the finish product of my Entertainment Center and know that I am proud of showing it off. Thank You wood-driver – earle5

-- Jim Earl

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#1 posted 01-07-2007 02:11 PM

Six weeks of hand sanding!! Earle5, we missed your input on the, “when do you stop sanding” question. I can see why your customer was so pleased. Very nice.

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#2 posted 01-07-2007 09:29 PM

Beautiful peice of furniture, it looks to me like you did a lot more than just sand that project. You can’t build anthing with just sand paper. Terrific !!!
Tell us your secrets on ”When do you stop sanding ?”

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#3 posted 01-07-2007 11:34 PM

look for my opinon on when do you know “when to stop sanding” under that topic. earl-e5

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#4 posted 01-08-2007 02:15 AM

Lookin Good Earle Glad I didn’t have to lift it

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