Mission Entertainment Center

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Project by knotscott posted 08-10-2010 02:36 PM 4046 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally a completed project from my shop this season! I seem to get time for fewer and fewer projects these days, and this one’s been on my bench since spring. It’s a mission style entertainment center made of quartersawn white oak and oak ply, with cherry bow tie inlays on the top. Dimensions are roughly 66”w x 24”d x 29”h. Construction is mainly glued dados and pocket holes. The corbels are doweled, and the door grids are half lapped. The finish is a mixture of early american and colonial maple, with a poly clear coat. Most of the QSWO was salvaged from the Widmer Wineries.

After removing the old entertainment center last fall to install a gas fireplace, we’ve been without serious music in the house….a tough feat for a recovering audiophile. Now I can finally hook up my beloved modified Dynaco 70 mono blocks to Sterling Acoustic speakers (made by yours truly) and have some decent sound again! Christmas just wasn’t the same playing the family favorites through a boom box (wince

Next up…guitar build number two for another son!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#1 posted 08-10-2010 02:45 PM

welcome back from the world of molasses .

sound will heal you !

beautiful build .

well done .

-- 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 08-10-2010 02:48 PM

Looks great. I really like the half-laps and the hardware.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 03:21 PM

Nice job on the entertainment center.

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 03:52 PM

Real nice work Scott! I love it. however this seem more like A&C then Mission style doesn’t it? unless you were on a mission to make it ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 08-10-2010 03:54 PM

Great looking Cabinet the oak is perfect. Very nice congrats on the finish hard to believe how busy we all get now a days!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 08-10-2010 03:56 PM

Nice work scott, l like the little cherry inlays.

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#7 posted 08-10-2010 03:58 PM

Quite an attractive piece you’ve made. I like how all the subtle details add up without anything being the main point of interest.

I’m sure life will be much more enjoyable now that you’ll have music back in it!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 08-10-2010 03:58 PM

The Q-sawn oak looks great

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 04:11 PM

Outstanding work, Scott. Great to have music, but the feeling of accomplishment is the best part, isn’t it?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#10 posted 08-10-2010 04:29 PM

Wow Scott super entertainment center nice design and great build.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 08-10-2010 05:30 PM

Nice looking entertainment center.That’s a large piece to build, I can see why it took so long. Congrats on getting her done-Keep on keeping on.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#12 posted 08-10-2010 05:59 PM

You may not be finishing as many projects as you would like, but this one was definitely worth the wait! Beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 08-10-2010 06:01 PM

Beautiful grain and the detailing is nice too. Well done!


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#14 posted 08-10-2010 07:05 PM

Wow! That’s a very nice piece. Is it opposite the mantel? If so, that’s one cozy room. Keep up the professional grade work. We need more projects in this style on LJ’s.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#15 posted 08-10-2010 08:13 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

CapnSkully – It’s adjacent to the mantel….still pretty cozy with the fire going though!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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