Credenza-Stye Entertainment Center

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Project by Ed Pirnik posted 05-27-2011 10:36 PM 2404 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At long last, I’ve finally finished the entertainment center I began about six months ago! My daughter was born at about the 3/4 point in the project, which meant construction REALLY slowed down for a while there.

The base is poplar and features three bays. The left bay features sawtooth style wooden shelf standards and will hold records (yes, I still listen to vinyl) with one shelf above my albums. The center bay also features space for records, with two halfblind dovetailed drawers atop the albums. The right bay is much like the left – open, with shelf supports, but features template routed holes in the back for the ventilation of stereo equipment.

Frame and panel doors all around – the right back has a mortised lock set to keep the stereo away from my eventually toddler daughter.

The finish is anqitued milk paint – black over barn red, lightly scuffed. Then two coats of diluted boiled linseed oil and past wax to finish it off.

The top is 7/8 thick cherry finished with de-waxed shellac, several coats of antique oil, and past wax.

I must say, the antiqued finish TOOK FOREVER – almost as long as cabinet construction! Move it home last week and I’m loving it! I can’t seem to stop opening the doors and drawers just for the heck of it. LOL


-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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#1 posted 05-29-2011 12:44 AM

nice work ed
pic is a little dark to see good

but it looks well made

n the new daughter too

-- 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 05-15-2013 10:02 PM

Very nice, I love antique finishes. Why do you use dewaxed shellac, then antique oil, and past wax. What is the advantage over poly or water based varnish. and on the first step, what does the linseed oil do?

-- Eugenie Woodcraft

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#3 posted 05-15-2013 10:15 PM

Some more pics would be nice : )
Is the oil able to penetrate the shellac , or is it sitting on top of it ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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