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Project by Mark posted 10-14-2012 11:19 PM 1693 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 3rd furniture project. I received the plans from Marc has posted the plan for download and 5 videos showing how to build this entertainment stand. My style slightly varies, but stuck to the plan for the most part. I made my piece with Maple that I bought from a local hardwood dealer. They delivered it to my house. The cost of the wood was approximately $300 in case you are considering building this. I had hoped to build this in Walnut, but the cost would have been more than double and using $300 in wood was nerve-wracking enough for me. I bought the 4” legs on ebay. My mistakes are my most valuable learning opportunities. I failed to place the top and bottom dados accurately and that caused re-work when I attempted my first dry fit. I wished I had more carefully selected the wood. My piece has knots in the front that I wish were more fluid without the knots. I wanted a contemporary style and I feel the knots detract from that. I purchased a shelf jig to drill holes for adjustable shelves. This made it super easy to install the shelves. The panels slide so that one section is always exposed. Prior to staining, I used Charles Neil blotch control. I followed this with 2 coats of minwax ipswich pine stain. I tested water-based colors and various stains before settling on the pine stain. I finished with 3 coats of semi-gloss Arm-R-Seal poly/oil topcoat. Overall, I am super pleased. I worked mostly weekends at a very slow pace. The duration of the project was approximately 6 months from start to finish. I took several week breaks during this time. Some of this was due to frustration (innacurate dados) and some due to other commitments. I find the forums in this blog very helpful and I find Marc’s site to be the best site for me to see projects completed step-by-step.

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 11:54 PM

Looks good, you will always find flaws in your own work, most will never notice unless you point them out. Great job brother….

-- Senior Chief

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#2 posted 10-15-2012 12:08 PM

Very nice, well done!! With each project we learn and grow so we can take the next step.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 10-15-2012 04:27 PM

Wow! Nice piece! Marc and Charles would be proud! It’s clean and has nice lines. It fits the room. Would like to have seen more of how the grain patterns came out. Mistakes are what humans do it creation and learning,

Enjoy the ride, looks like it’s gonna be an interesting journey!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 10-17-2012 02:06 PM

Nice Project.

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