Walnut and Pine Entertainment Center

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Project by Manitario posted 939 days ago 2568 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Entertainment center made of walnut and pine; finished with 3 coats of shellac and a layer of paste wax. I’m not sure what convinced me to use walnut and pine; I certainly had my doubts about how it would look when finished. I like the look though and the contrast of the two woods. I tried a bunch of different finishes; several different shades of Danish oil; wipe on poly, and finally tried shellac. It was my first time using shellac, and I’m hooked! It is a really easy finish to use and gave the wood a nice warm look and an even sheen. Also was my first project in which I did the majority of wood prep with hand planes. I’m trying to use less and less sanding in my woodworking; I still had to do a small amount of sanding for the top, but putting in the effort with scraping and handplanes really reduced the amount of sanding I had to do.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 939 days ago

Good looking entertainment center.nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 938 days ago

OK, it looks good, but it is too late at night here in Portland, on vacation. I will give you a serious critique in the morning…......(-:


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Dan Hux

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#3 posted 938 days ago

I like the contrasting colors. I’ve used walnut and maple together, that looks great too. I’ve never thought of using southern yellow pine and walnut together, but I’m convinced it will look great too. Well done sir, it looks great.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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Don W

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#4 posted 938 days ago

Well done

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 938 days ago

I love the contrasting woods. Very nicely done.

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

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#6 posted 938 days ago

Havent seen this combination much, you did a good job with it!

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 938 days ago

Well, the only question is, did you put enough glue in the joints to withstand the air pressure changes and vibration from those megatowerspeakers….........?........(-:

There, I told you I would give you a serious critique in the morning…..........(-:
Bet you play your music LOUD!!!

I like the combo of the colors, and the design holds up well to the somewhat imposing components.

So yup, you done good.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 938 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys!

Jim, I glued then epoxied, then brad nailed, screwed, stapled and duct taped the joints just to make sure the speakers wouldn’t work them loose! I can’t say that I pump up the volume too often, must be a sign of getting old that I don’t like the ringing in my ears anymore…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#9 posted 938 days ago

Great great job. Love the contrast too! Awesome finish and execution!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 938 days ago

Sooner or later, someone is going to come up with a decibel test for wood joints, and just wanted to make sure your entertainment center wasn’t obsolete out of the box!!........(-:

I am about to buy an audio system for our vacation home in La Conner. I might consider building a replacement for the Ikea stopgap stuff the TV sits on now. I don’t have the tools to do that yet in La Conner, but I have plans…......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 938 days ago

Nice clean lines, and I must admit, when I saw the headline my first thought was… ICK. But this is shockingly nice.. The contrast between the two is really nice…

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#12 posted 938 days ago

Very nice, love the contrast.

You were taking pictures of this while the Superbowl was on, lol.

Good Job

-- Grant - S/N Dakota

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#13 posted 938 days ago

I agree the contrast is nice. Good work!

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#14 posted 938 days ago

i would have never thought of that wood combination in seriously going to consider giving it a try. great Job!

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#15 posted 937 days ago

Really nice work.
It looks like you have quite a setup for intertainment there.
I think the contrast works fine.
Way to go!
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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