|Project by Luke||posted 11-01-2011 07:54 PM||2201 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
A few months ago my neighbor and I embarked on a new project; building his entertainment center. He had submitted some sketches to some builders and they all came back with $4000+ price tags so we decided lets give it a try.
We bought the maple from a local guy who builds cabinets. He has a connection with a long haul trucker that runs through the northern mid states, and he works with some people out there (Amish I believe he said) to get rough sawn lumber from them. He had all sorts or woods, (I even got 3 8’x6”x2” QSWO boards from him for $20).
We saw his add on craigslist and decided to go talk to him, he is a professional cabinet maker, and he gave us some tips and tricks.
All in all the project took us almost 6 months, of a day here and a day there working on it. It cost 1/4 of the original bids, and we learned a ton.
First we learned that if you want a dark entertainment center its easier to pick a darker wood.
Maple is very hard to stain.
Subsequently, we learned how to tone.
We also learned how to spray with a new HVLP sprayer I had to buy to tone.
We also then learned that if you scratch a toner before its been topcoated, your screwed.
We learned how to sand toner off, and re-apply…
It was alot of work, my first Real Wood Finish project other than an occasional table.
There is no caulking for finished wood, you better make it fit.
All in all it was a blast though I learned so much, read Jeff Jewitts book twice over, got a planer, an Earlex HVLP gun, and a brand new set of Makita Drill Driver/Impact Driver’s (courtesy of my neighbor).
We cut the arch on the band saw, ordered the doors from a door manufacturer (as per the recommendation of the cabinet maker) Custom moulding, faux wall behind the TV hides cables and the like, the center door has speaker cloth in it so as to hide the Sub Woofer and allow the IR signal to relay. Build in touch sensitive recessed lighting, and a whole lot of pride!