Entertainment Center - 1st commissioned piece delivered

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Project by RonR posted 11-24-2007 10:32 PM 2638 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally landed a commission to build a custom TV entertainment center. This is the first piece I have ever built for sale! Delivered today and the customer was very satisfied. Should have priced it higher I think but I am looking for referrals. Anyways, the project is mostly shop grade birch plywood, and some MDF, with birch and beech hardwood face frames, moldings, and edging. First time I used Sherwin Williams latex paint ($35/gal) and I must say I am very satisfied with it. One coat primer and one coat paint is all it took. The paint had brush marks when applied but flattened well, no brush marks at all, and covered completely. That saved a lot of work so I will definitley spend the few dollars more next time to use the same paint. The design is something the customer and I settled on after looking at some pictures on-line and a few sketches I made. It was a fun piece to build. There are actually 6 major components, 3 lower cabinets, 2 bookcases, and the TV surround. The cabinets each have one shelf inside. I made the moldings on my router table. except the crown is from Lowes. I have my second commission underway, office furniture, almost done construction and about to start staining and top coating. I’ll post that when I get a bit further along.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 11-24-2007 11:28 PM

Great looking entertainment center! Congrats on finishing your first commisioned piece.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#2 posted 11-25-2007 12:11 AM

Well done Ron. Nice piece of furniyure. That paint you used seems the way to go. Is it a new product?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 11-25-2007 12:12 AM

well done ,nice style classic looking piece

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 11-25-2007 12:13 AM

Nicely done, Ron. On to the next.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 11-25-2007 02:24 AM

nice job very clean .
dont you love those satisfied clients

-- "when you think youre going to slow, slow down just a little bit more" .... Pop's

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#6 posted 11-25-2007 04:33 AM

Great job!! What took you so long to get in the business you do great work. BTW nice shop and great table saw.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 11-25-2007 06:01 AM

I don’t skimp on coverings like finish or paint. There is a reason it costs more, it is high performance in two ways: #1. Durability #2. Application. It sounds like you might have used SW Pro Classic.

You did some nice work on this.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 11-25-2007 09:58 AM

Very nice – the project came out great.

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

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#9 posted 11-25-2007 02:49 PM

Thanks for all the generous comments. Grumpy, I am not sure if this is a new line of paint or not. The paint I used is Sherwin-Williams “Duration Home” interior latex satin finish and the color is “Nacre” white. They do have one or two higher grades of paint and maybe I will try that next time. Thanks for the tip Todd. Anyways, I won’t be using the paints on special at HD or Lowes for this type of work anymore.

Steve, the money spent for the PW66 table saw is money well spent. It can ahndle anything I can thorw at it. And the Forrest saw blades are as good as everyone says.

My client’s wife sent an email last night and she wants a side-table or buffet to match the kitchen table and he wants a built-in bar, so this one job looks like it could keep me busy for a while.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#10 posted 11-25-2007 07:28 PM

Looks like a fine job you did there Ron.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 02-26-2008 03:19 AM

Great-looking unit. I’m sure your customer was very happy with I bet your customer was a female, you got that white thing going again. Just kidding, great job.

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#12 posted 02-26-2008 07:06 PM

Great job,
I agree that sherwin williams paint in some of the best paint you can buy. You get what you pay for with paint. Cant wait to see the next project.

-- Jeremy, Saratoga, NY

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#13 posted 08-19-2009 01:17 PM

Excellent job! That piece is VERY similar to what I made for my wife, if you check out my pictures, you can see the one she found and what I made. She found the cabinet at a specialty store and they wanted $5000.00 for it. I made mine cheaper of course and put glass doors etc (minor cosmetic changes)
Anyhow great job.. a lot of work to make. I can appreciate the time you put into it.
I hope you got a good dollar for it.

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#14 posted 08-19-2009 06:34 PM

Thanks for the comments Dave. I checked out your cabinet. You did a great job and saved a bundle of dough! I priced the unit I built rather low at $1400 since it was my first commission. Managed to make about $800 over material costs but not really enough. I should have price it at 2x the price. Anyways, I enjoyed building it and the customer seemed to really like it.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#15 posted 08-21-2009 05:07 AM

Looks great congrats on first commission

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