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Project by blockhead posted 12-10-2010 03:56 AM 1414 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is our recently completed entertainment area. It originally held a built in 50” projection tv which came with the house (last pic). I never was crazy about the butt joint Oak trim or the overall look. The time finally came for a new tv and a chance to fix up the area.
The T&G Douglas Fir was a “gift” from the Finance Manager where I purchased my truck in the summer. If I remember correctly, he had it in an old barn for years but never got around to using any of it. I estimate he gave me around 500 board feet or more. It’s been sitting under a tarp for about 6 months waiting for me to find a reason to use it. I guess this was as good a place as any to use some. Some pieces have some slight spalting, burl or figuring which I made sure to use a little of each.
Above the chair rail is finished with a few coats of poly and below is painted an antique white. I installed some lighting on a homemade pivoting bracket and the shelf is leftover Rosettes and some of the fluted trim. I wish I had taken some pics before putting in the tv and stand, which both hide most of the work. That probably isn’t a bad thing though, lol. Next on the list is to replace the baseboards under the area and when time and money allow, I intend to build a different tv stand.
As always, thanks for looking and any comments/critiques are welcome.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.





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patron

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#1 posted 12-10-2010 04:15 AM

well done brad

it adds a soft touch

that paneling is a good score

glad you didn’t paint it

-- 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 12-10-2010 04:21 AM

Well done, Brad.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 12-10-2010 04:24 AM

Great job. love the T&G wood.

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littlecope

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#4 posted 12-10-2010 05:10 AM

Nice Job, Brad!!
Not sure if we were right or not, but around these parts, we always called that T&G wood Ship-lap…
An old Friend of mine and I came across a bunch of 12’ lengths, and paneled the inside of his van with it…
It was funny, because it was an old beater of a van, but had one of the best interiors around!!
Again, it looks terrific, my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 12-10-2010 08:29 AM

Good looking space for the TV

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Andy

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#6 posted 12-10-2010 12:40 PM

Well done Brad, thats quite an improvement over the original setup. Thats some nice fir you got, you turned the tables on them, the FM asks if you want the extended warranty, the security system and the asteroid proof clear coat and you come home with a load of nice lumber. Way to go!

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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blockhead

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#7 posted 12-10-2010 02:08 PM

Thank you all for the comments.

@ Mike- You wouldn’t happen to have any pics of that van would you? I think the old adage, “Can’t judge a book by it’s cover” really applied. lol

@Andy- I’m afraid the asteroid proof clear coat (lmao) would’ve added too much to the monthly payments, so I had to settle with the meteorite resistant clear coat instead.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 12-10-2010 02:32 PM

Brad, this is certainly a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your entertainment area. I am a firm believer that you cannot add too much wood to a home and the paneling really dresses up the space. Normally I am not a big fan of painting wood but the trim does work well with the paneling and adds a nice contrast.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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blockhead

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#9 posted 12-10-2010 02:52 PM

Thank you Scott. I have to agree with you. I hate painting over wood and after my wife painted the bottom portion, I was thinking I wish we hadn’t done that. But, we wanted a wainscoting look to it and after everything was done, I was ok with it.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#10 posted 12-10-2010 08:14 PM

Nice set-up Brad and well done too. I know what you mean about paint. I’m living in a house with white furniture, white paneling and white trim. It’s what my wife wants so what can a guy do? On the other hand she always encourages me to buy tools I want, so I really can’t complain.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 12-11-2010 05:01 AM

Brad, my Buddy Rick and I did that back in 1979 and we never thought to take any pix… :-( We ran the strips length-wise in the van. As I recall, the pieces all being 12”, we hardly had to cut them to fit except where the wall met the ceiling…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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blockhead

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#12 posted 12-11-2010 08:26 PM

Sounds like it was a sweet set up Mike. I’m sure if you had your hand in it, it was.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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