Maple and Purple Heart Entertainment Center

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Project by BassPlayer posted 05-26-2011 12:03 AM 4710 views 24 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a variation on the design I saw in a one of those Woodshop magazines. It took me over a year to make it partly because I was scared of making mistakes cutting expensive wood, partly because I was riding my bike a lot and partly because I had to learn how to do some new things like dovetails and reveals. I probably could of obsessed over the top for a few more days but all in all I think it came out good.

The finish is based off of a Jeff Jewitt recipe.
Tung Oil
Clear Shellac (2 Parts Denatured Alcohol, 5 Parts Shellac)

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#1 posted 05-26-2011 12:05 AM

what a beautifal piece I love it.


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#3 posted 05-26-2011 01:18 AM

Very nice! I am a big fan of maple/purple heart combos.

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 01:34 AM

Very nice, I like the look of the glass.
Well worth the wait and patience

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 05-26-2011 01:56 AM

That is a great looking piece of furniture. Well worth the time spent! Thanks for sharing!!......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 05-26-2011 02:06 AM

That is a stunning piece. Great work.

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#7 posted 05-26-2011 02:30 AM

You can’t go wrong with maple and purpleheart as a contrast. This turned out splendid….

and I agree with the fear of making mistakes on expensive wood…..I have had several pieces hanging around my shop waiting for me to get over the fear of ruining these one of a kind pieces of wood (no wood is “cheap” anymore – now a days it costs as much as the wood to ship it to where I am)......and make something from them….until I finally came to my senses and bit the bullet – what did I get the wood for anyway….so I just start cutting…..just remember to take your time….work the project a couple steps ahead in your mind (it is always better to have a plan in mind but I find myself freestyling a lot more then I should). Just remember…..You will inevitably make mistakes…

That said…I recently made a mistake on a piece of the most beautiful burl….instead of becoming what I had planned…it is now a very nice vaneer and another part is an inlay in a jewelry box (I never throw a piece of wood away unless it is unuseable for anything – then I’ll burn it in my wood stove). Sometimes you can make a recovery…sometimes not….I count it all as a learning experience and try to make sure it sinks in…I like working with wood too much to be intimidated by it.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 05-26-2011 03:12 AM

Very nice indeed. I love the design and it looks like it was well worth a year’s worth of effort.

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#9 posted 05-26-2011 03:21 AM

Beautiful entertainment center.

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#10 posted 05-26-2011 03:24 AM

Excellent job! Love the contrasting wood selection.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#11 posted 05-26-2011 03:54 AM

Lovely wood combo….made a clock with the same two woods
Purple heart is gorgeous, but really hard in the tools!
Job well done

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#12 posted 05-26-2011 10:13 AM

Nice work, I have been building a version of this as well. Have a blog on it. I change the top to 2 inch thick and have a floating glass shelf for the TV to sit on. Have about 90 hrs into it. I agree on taking your time a not wasting good wood. Not to mention when your at the end you could ruin tha whole thing.

Looks great.

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

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#13 posted 05-26-2011 01:46 PM

I’ve been looking for good entertainment center designs for a project I have been asked to do. This may just be the one. I’m going to keep this one in my favorites file, if you don’t mind. Good work.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#14 posted 05-26-2011 02:44 PM

Nice color mix, very well made entertainment centre, beautiful finish. Love the base and legs. It’s so true about how expensive wood is. I keep all the expensive left overs no matter how small…. it’s imposible to predict how they will be used, but in time they will. I find most of my mistakes happen after 5 PM :-) Tks for sharing.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#15 posted 05-26-2011 02:54 PM

Good planning + craftsmanship + patience = a beautiful piece to be proud of….for a long time. Thanks for sharing!

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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